Looking back to look forward

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Examining The Winnipeg Foundation’s archives.

As we approach our centennial in 2021, The Foundation is excited to bring you snippets from our history! We will devote a page in each issue of our magazine to archival information.

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These documents were contained in a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, photos, speeches, and other mementos. The scrapbook is in storage to ensure safe keeping.

Stamped Sept. 6, 1924, these are the inner and outer envelopes that contained The Widow’s Mite, the second gift to The Foundation. The anonymous gift, three gold coins worth a total of $15, has come to represent the spirit of community philanthropy at The Foundation – that it’s not the size of the contribution, but the act of giving that’s important.

Newspaper clippings from the Winnipeg Tribune and Manitoba Free Press, dated June 6 and 7, 1921, describe W. F. Alloway’s gift to establish The Winnipeg Foundation.

The Tribune editorial reads, in part: “Alloway could not provide a finer or more enduring monument to keep his memory green than this splendid benefaction by which he enables The Winnipeg Foundation to start its good work of community service, with lasting beneficial results.”

A clipping from the Manitoba Free Press, dated May 11, 1925, describes the estate gift from Elizabeth Alloway to The Winnipeg Foundation. At the time, the $800,000 bequest was the largest gift ever made to a Manitoba charity.

This story is featured in the Spring 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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