Who We Are

Alex Schaap Charity to Educate and Nurture Development

April 16, 2020 

Sad news, the ASCEND Board has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s wiffleball fundraiser in July.

“On behalf of the women and children who come through our doors and the staff here who work at Sonshine – Thank you for seeing our needs!”

Barbara, Sonshine Community Services

Who We Help

ASCEND is a charitable organization based in Calgary, Alberta dedicated to assisting families and community support agencies with donations of computers, laptops, and tablets.

Our mission is to inspire people to ascend above any barriers that impede success. Join us in building a legacy for Alex as we help others pursue their dreams. 

ASCEND, a registered Canadian charity, was founded in 2009 as a legacy to Alex Schaap. ASCEND is committed to making a positive contribution to the Alberta community by supporting the technological needs of family-centred support services. 


In addition to helping individual families in need, ASCEND is proud to partner with a number of community support programs. We also offer annual scholarships to post-secondary students pursuing an education in technology. Our charity support partners to date include:

“We look forward to outfitting the classrooms and equipping immigrant women with knowledge and access to technology in preparation for entering the labour market”

Eva, Director of Programs, 

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

How To Support

Impacting Lives

  • PATCH, a Division of Hull Services 
  • Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
  • PREP Program
  • Closer to Home Community Services

ASCEND values your contribution! With your financial support, we are able to provide necessary technologies to Canadian families in need. As a charity, we rely 100% on your generous support. We host unique fundraising initiatives throughout the year and are always looking for sponsor partnerships. 

“Our team would like to thank ASCEND for its generous support . . . it has created new gateways for learning. Alex’s legacy is making a real difference for the newcomers and families that call CIES home” 


Colyn, Manager e-Learning & Communications, Calgary Immigrant Education Society