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ATCO Named 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

(Arlington, VA)  ATCO, a diversified global corporation headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 

The corporation will receive its honor at the National Philanthropy Day® Honors: A Celebration of People and Impact awards event on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Based on more than a century of ongoing community support by ATCO and its employees, the ATCO EPIC (Employees Participating in Communities) program was launched in 2006 as a way to bring together the fundraising efforts of each of ATCO’s nine operating companies under a single banner and to make a more meaningful impact in communities. 

Every year, each ATCO company carries out an employee-led ATCO EPIC campaign that combines fundraising events, volunteerism and employee pledges to support charitable organizations. The company matches donations made to human health and wellness charities and covers all administration costs of the program ensuring that 100 per cent of the funds raised go directly to the benefiting organizations. Since its creation, ATCO EPIC has helped raise $24 million benefitting more than 500 charities around the world,

”I am extremely proud of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ award recognizing ATCO Group’s generosity and passion for the communities we serve,” said Nancy Southern, Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group. “With more than $24 million donated to charity over the last eight years and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to those organizations that support the most vulnerable among us, the ATCO EPIC program is a testament to the impact the people of ATCO have on our communities.”

With each ATCO EPIC campaign being employee-led, one of the most unique and moving stories is Kathy’s Run for Pancreatic Cancer. Inspired by Kathy McCollum, an ATCO employee in Edmonton diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, her colleagues banded together through ATCO EPIC to create an event to generate dollars and awareness for the disease after discovering pancreatic cancer was relatively unknown and research was underfunded in western Canada. In just three short years, ATCO EPIC employee donations to pancreatic research have grown from $740 to $138,000 and the annual run has expanded to include an additional event in Calgary.

The National Philanthropy Day® Honors recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy. ATCO is one of six finalists who will be honored on National Philanthropy Day®, Nov. 15, the day to celebrate philanthropy and its impact on the world. More information can be found at


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