Manitoba community foundations raise more than $1 million during this year’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge

The Winnipeg Foundation

Each qualifying $5 gift was worth $7 thanks to stretch funding from The Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba government

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Manitobans once again demonstrated why we’re the most generous province in Canada during this year’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge, held Saturday, Nov. 17. On that day, Manitoba community foundations raised more than $1 million!

During the 24-Hour Giving Challenge, each qualifying $5 gift to a Manitoba community foundation was stretched by $1 from The Winnipeg Foundation (to a maximum of $2,000 per foundation) and by $1 from the Manitoba government (to a maximum of $2,000 per foundation). This meant each qualifying $5 gift was worth $7. To receive the stretch, gifts had to be made to a foundation’s undesignated fund.

Along with The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba is home to 54 other community foundations – the most community foundations per capita in the country – all of which participated in this year’s challenge. Many were able to leverage additional stretch funding from local community partners. Please see attached PDF for a detailed list of gifts by foundation. Since gifts to community foundations are endowed, Manitobans’ generosity ensures permanent support for communities.

“Community foundations are built by people working together to support the communities we all love. Every gift, no matter the size, make a difference; demonstrated by this year’s incredible 24-Hour Giving Challenge results,” says Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “Manitobans should be proud of what we accomplished during this year’s challenge.”

“Manitoba is known as one of the most giving provinces in Canada, and all Manitobans should be proud that in a single day more than $1 million was raised for community foundations across the province,” said Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton. “I want to thank all those who gave financially to help maintain our province’s strong network of community foundations. These funds will help to build stronger, more vibrant communities.”

24-Hour Giving Challenge 2018 highlights:

  • $1,016,666.61 raised
  • $865,879.56 total gift value
  • $150,787.04 total stretch value
  • 2,084 gifts made in 24-hours

Historic amounts raised during 24-Hour Giving Challenge:

  • 2018 - $1,016,666.61
  • 2017 - $893,448.89
  • 2016 - $497,115.99
  • 2015 - $555,868
  • 2014 - $245,428

Gifts to community foundations are pooled and permanently invested. The capital is never spent. Every year, the investments generate income that is distributed as grants to local charities. Community foundations provide support that lasts forever.

Every year, community foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects. They help ensure our hometowns are vibrant and thriving.

Media inquiries/questions:
LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundatio
T: 204.944.9474 ext. 232
C: 204.781.9336
Email LuAnn Lovlin

Caitlin MacGregor
Press Secretary, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Manitoba government
T: 204-945-1494
Email Caitlin MacGregor

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