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Nourishing Potential

Eating right is critical to a young person's present well-being and future health. Nutrition programs help thousands of Winnipeg kids to thrive.

Nourishing Potential makes grants, through the Foundation's Community Grants Program, to local organizations that provide healthy food and hands-on nutrition education to children and youth in Winnipeg.

Your gift to the Nourishing Potential Fund helps ensure kids get fresh fruits and veggies, as well as a generous serving of experience in food preparation, meal planning and budgeting, teamwork and the power of coming together to share a meal.

Gifts Help the Orchard Grow

The Nourishing Potential Fund is like an orchard. As trees are planted it will provide fruit year after year.

Every gift to the Nourishing Potential Fund helps the orchard grow. The goal is to grow the Fund to be a $5 million endowment – this is our orchard that will be here forever.

A fund of this size will generate approximately $250,000 per year for granting – this is our annual harvest. Please help us grow an orchard and nourish a city.

  • Every apple is symbolic of $10,000 in gifts
  • Every full apple tree = $100,000 in gifts
  • Every full wheelbarrow = $100,000 in grants

Nourishing Potential Orchard

The (endowment) orchard
Our goal: $5 million
Current contributions: $3,771,486
Current market value: $4,762,529
The (granting) harvest
Our goal: grant $1 million
Total amount granted: $1,003,414
As of December 31, 2015

Building this fund is a community effort and every gift from our generous donors is appreciated.

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Impact in our community

With support from Nourishing Potential, these organizations are providing kids with healthy food and nutrition education, helping them to reach their potential. Since the 2011, Nourishing Potential has granted more than $1 million.

May 2011 to November 2015

Organization Amount
Agape Table $24,800
Aleph-Bet Child Life Enrichment Program $5,000
Andrews Street Family Centre $17,000
Artbeat Studio $11,436
Assiniboine Children's Centre $4,479
Aurora Family Therapy Centre $5,012
Bethel Mennonite Church $794
Boys And Girls Clubs Of Winnipeg $32,090
Bright Future Day Care $15,675
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre $32,700
Canadian Amateur Boxing Association $2,765
Canadian National Institute for the Blind $2,500
Canu Canada $7,000
Career Trek $10,502
Carpathia Children’s Centre $2,500
Children's Rehabilitation Foundation $27,514
City of Winnipeg – Community Programming $22,882
Clinique Youville Clinic $6,661
Community Education Development Association of Winnipeg (CEDA) $13,369
Dawn and Dusk Before and After School Program $9,454
Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association $7,000
Emmanuel Mission Downtown $5,500
Garden Grove Child Care Program $4,386
Helping Hands Resource Centre for Immigrants $4,000
Heritage Park Children's Programs $3,500
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) $16,237
Inner City Youth Alive $39,024
James Child Care $3,200
Jubilee Mennonite Church $5,010
Ka Ni Kanichihk $17,160
Kidi-Garden Day Nurseries $18,250
Knowles Centre $7,288
Little People's Place $9,100
Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre $37,742
Macdonald Youth Services $20,830
Manidoo Gi-Miinigonaan/R.B. Russell Infant Centre $15,250
Manitoba School Improvement Program $8,000
Manitoba Theatre for Young People $13,900
Marymound $5,300
Mosaic-Newcomer Family Resources Network $12,230
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad $34,318
New Directions For Children, Youth, Adults And Families $8,500
Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (NEEDS) $12,000
North End Women's Centre $11,246
Nor'West Co-Op Community Health Centre $34,500
O.K. Before & After School Child Care Centres $6,643
On The Move $25,770
Osborne House $7,500
Radisson School Before and After School Program, $3,700
Rainbow Resource Centre $14,705
Resource Assistance for Youth $40,480
River Avenue Cooperative Day Nursery $3,000
Riverwood Church Community $4,700
Robertson Before and After School Program $2,000
Rossbrook House $32,000
Seven Oaks School Division $7,000
Sierra Leone Refugee Resettlement $6,500
Spence Neighbourhood Association $44,100
Stanley Knowles Children’s Centre $21,549
Teen Stop Jeunesse $23,080
The Elwick Village and Resource Centre $6,000
The Fort Whyte Foundation $9,700
The Salvation Army - Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre $5,988
The Seven Oaks School Division $2,900
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra $7,000
University of Winnipeg Foundation $12,894
Villa Rosa $15,000
West Broadway Youth Outreach $22,100
West Central Community Program $6,000
West Central Women's Resource Centre $23,500
Westgrove Children's Centre $3,760
Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association $22,500
Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation $10,000
Y.E.S. Manitoba $1,500
Y.M.H.A. Jewish Community Centre of Winnipeg (Rady Centre) $1,186
Youth for Christ (Winnipeg) $3,055
TOTAL $1,003,414


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About Nourishing Potential

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Publications & Updates

Nourishing Potential is a collaboration between the Assiniboine Credit Union, City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Wawanesa Insurance, Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and The Winnipeg Foundation, along with donors from all walks of life.

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Recent Community Grants

See the organizations that received a grant during the last round of approvals.

Healthy Lifestyles

Learn more about our initiatives helping youth make healthy choices throughout their lives.

Recipe for Success

See who created the best sandwich recipe in our 2014 Video Cooking Contest for Gr. 4-6 kids.