Since 1921 generations of thoughtful donors have improved life in our city through gifts with us.
William Forbes Alloway, a prominent banker, established The Winnipeg Foundation in 1921. With his gift of $100,000, Alloway established Canada’s first community foundation and fulfilled his vision of an organization, built by everyday Winnipeggers, that will support our community forever.
The second gift to The Foundation, an anonymous donation of three gold coins worth fifteen dollars, is a reminder that every act of generosity, no matter the dollar amount, makes a difference.
Thousands of people from all walks of life have followed in these donors’ footsteps. The collective power of their generosity has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars invested in local charitable projects that help individuals thrive, strengthen families and build our community.
The Winnipeg Foundation is established by William Forbes Alloway with a gift of $100,000.
The Foundation makes its first grants: $6,000 equally shared by the Margaret Scott Nursing Home, Knowles Home for Boys, Victorian Order of Nurses, Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Aid Society.
“The Widow’s Mite”, an anonymous donation of three $5 gold coins, is made to The Foundation. This second gift comes to represent the value of every donation, no matter the size.
William Alloway dies, leaving his estate, and that of his wife Elizabeth, to The Foundation. Together, their estates totaled more than $2 million and greatly expanded the Foundation’s support to the community.
Grants begin addressing community needs made more pressing by the start of the Depression.
Foundation assets see poor gains due to the economic recession, impacting support to community organizations.
The Foundation receives memorial gifts for the first time.
Investments are made in Victory War Loans
The Community Reserve Fund, built through surplus funds from 1945 to 1949, supports flood efforts.
The Foundation’s scope expands, enabling us to support educational and cultural programs.
The Children’s Hospital receives a large grant to address the polio outbreak.
Cumulative total grants exceed $2 million.
The Foundation begins managing funds on behalf of charitable agencies.
A grant helps establish The United Way of Winnipeg.
The Government of Canada expands funding for charitable organizations, enabling the Foundation to focus on innovative and experimental projects.
Assets exceed $10 million.
The Foundation’s granting scope expands again to include environmental and heritage activities.
Assets exceed $20 million.
The Foundation celebrates its 75th anniversary with a bronze bust of William Alloway, by Winnipeg sculptor Leo Mol.
Assets exceed $100 million.
Youth in Philanthropy is launched, giving local high school students a voice in The Foundation’s granting.
The Foundation sees unprecedented growth, including a $10 million gift from Israel Asper and a $100 million gift from the Moffat family.
Cumulative total grants surpass $100 million.
The Foundation makes the largest grant in our history — $6 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
A downturn in the stock market triggers a change in our spending policy in order to rebuild assets.
Cumulative total grants surpass $200 million.
The Foundation marks its 90th anniversary with a public celebration at the Manitoba Museum as well as the 90-Hour Giving Challenge.
The Nourishing Potential Fund is established to support child and youth nutrition programs in Winnipeg.
The Foundation launches Community News Commons, public media project to engage citizens in community life.
The Growing Active Kids Fund is established to support educational, recreational and cultural activities for Winnipeg youth living in and around social housing neighbourhoods.
Cumulative total grants surpass $300 million; assets surpass $500 million.
We welcome colleagues from across Canada as Winnipeg hosts the Community Foundations of Canada conference.
More 1,800 youth, ages 14-29, grade our city in 15 key areas in The Foundation’s Youth Vital Signs project.
The Foundation hosts the 24-Hour Giving Challenge to encourage gifts to all 51 Manitoba community foundations.
The Foundation, along with its community partner CJNU Nostalgia Radio, produces River City 360, a weekly radio show featuring views and news from around Winnipeg.
The Foundation launches Fast Pitch, teaming the business sector with the charitable community. Participants make their high-energy cases for support in three minutes or less.
The Foundation releases Winnipeg’s Vital Signs® 2017, a snapshot of life in Winnipeg. It measures the vitality of our community, identifying significant needs and trends by combining research with the results of community surveys and conversations.
The Foundation committs $1 million to help organizations work towards our shared goal of reconciliation in our community with a new Reconciliation Grants program.
The Foundation releases Stretch, Stressed & Still Standing, a report on Winnipeg’s charitable sector.
The Foundation partners with the Manitoba government to administer the Manitoba Heritage Trust Program, providing support for museums, archives, and supporting organizations in Manitoba.
Cumulative total grants surpass $500 million.
The Foundation releases Perspectives Insights on Winnipeg Foundation Grantmaking.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants and Stabilization Grants support local charities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Foundation celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The Winnipeg Foundation achieves Imagine Canada accreditation.
In 2021 The Winnipeg Foundation celebrated its centennial. Visit the Commemorating our Centennial to read our reflections on the past century, our community’s vision for the next 100 and the safe ways we found to celebrate 100 years of working together to create “a Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all.”