About Enough for All

Enough for All is Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy based on 15,000 hours of consultation with citizens, the business community, government, non-profits, and academia.

Read the Enough for All Strategy.



VCC Relationship/Approach of Collective Impact/Partners

In January 2015, under a four-year agreement between The City of Calgary, United Way of Calgary & Area, Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) and Momentum, stewardship of the strategy’s implementation moved from the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) Secretariat within The City of Calgary into the community, under the stewardship of VCC.

These four groups agreed to utilize a Collective Impact Approach wherein VCC was appointed the role of the backbone organization to support the community in this work.

Collective Impact

The Enough for All poverty reduction strategy uses the collective impact model to guide its process, engagement, implementation, and to maximize the result of the collective efforts towards poverty reduction in Calgary.

So, what is collective impact anyway? Collective impact is the commitment of groups from different sectors to a common agenda, for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration.

There are five conditions that must be in place for collective impact efforts to be successful:

Creating and guiding collective impact requires a separate organization with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies. Vibrant Communities Calgary serves as the backbone organization to the Enough for All strategy.

Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.

Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.

Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable. A group of Calgary researchers and evaluators have come together to determine how we can create shared measurement systems to measure the progress towards our common agenda.

All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it though agreed upon actions. In the case of Enough for All: the common agenda is reducing poverty by 50 percent by 2023.


The Enough for All poverty reduction strategy is a collaborative community effort involving a significant number of diverse stakeholders coming together and leveraging their efforts to address the root causes of poverty in Calgary.