Celebrating our centennial

Throughout 2021, The Winnipeg Foundation, and partner organizations, will be hosting events, and presenting special projects and other activities to thank everyone for their support. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of working together to support our community!

Ongoing activities

Building a vision for our next 100 years

Cover of the a magazine featuring a youth standing by a rainbow parade float

In April, The Foundation released a second special edition of its magazine, Building a vision for our next 100 years.

The issue is a collection of essays written by individuals representing different sectors and Cause areas in Winnipeg about their aspirations for our community and the potential role philanthropy might play in achieving them. All the essays are available in our special Centennial website and the full issue is on our Publications page.

The Alloways’ Gift and Rosalie Favell’s Family Legacy

Two new shows at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), commemorating The Foundation’s centennial anniversary, present two perspectives on the development of community in Winnipeg.

Both The Alloways’ Gift and Rosalie Favell’s Family Legacy run from April 27 to fall 2021.

Dalnavert Museum’s Elizabeth Alloway Lectures

Vintage photo of Elizabeth Alloway holding a Cause sign for Community

Elizabeth Alloway, a woman of courage and conviction, played an active philanthropic role in our community at a time when women could not vote. She and husband William established The Winnipeg Foundation in 1921.

Dalnavert Museum, in collaboration with The Winnipeg Foundation’s Centennial Institute, is presenting a series of free public lectures focussing on the time period, the community, and the interests of Elizabeth Alloway including her special interest in the work of women and the well-being of children.

Celebrating 100 years of working together to support our community

Cover of the a magazine featuring a vintage and modern photos of youth.

In January, The Foundation released a keepsake edition of its magazine, Celebrating 100 years of working together to support our community.

The stories are presented in decades to provide historical context in Winnipeg and beyond, and subsequently to The Foundation’s activities and decisions. All the stories are available in our special Centennial website and the full issue is on our Publications page.

Past activities

Walking Together: Journey of Generosity

Walking Tour

The Exchange District BIZ’s new walking tour examines our community’s philanthropic roots.

Learn about Forsyth, McDermot Bannatyne, the Alloways, and many more during this 45-minute tour through the historic Exchange District! It also includes information about grassroots, community-led philanthropy in various communities, including Indigenous cultures, while acknowledging historical truths society now recognizes are problematic. Tours are available now until late August.

Tours are available Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can be booked in advance by calling 204-942-6716 or emailing tours@nullexchangedistrict.org, or simply by walking up to the booth located in Bijou Park beside 492 Main Street. The cost is $10 per person, or $5 for students with a valid student ID.


As part of the promotion of the walking tour, we are encouraging everyone to join our city’s legacy of generosity by sharing a selfie for a chance to win a $1,000 grant for their favourite Manitoba charity.

Shaw Spotlight

On January 29, 2021, The Winnipeg Foundation premiered its 2021 Centennial Celebration special on Shaw Spotlight Winnipeg, featuring stories and highlights from its 2020 results and 2021 centennial.

Our Centennial Celebration will be broadcasted on Shaw Spotlight, every Sunday at 8 p.m., channel 9 or channel 105 for Shaw subscribers, or you can watch the Centennial Celebration in its entirety here:

Centennial River Trail & Contest

Woman and two young children posing for a selfie in front of sign and a sculpture

The Winnipeg Foundation was pleased to support the Centennial River Trail, providing an important outdoor community space at The Forks this winter.

Along the trail and throughout The Forks, signs encouraged people to take and share a selfie for a chance to win a $1,000 grant for their favourite local charity. More than 200 people participated, nominating 85 local charities. Thanks to Winnipeggers’ generosity, $35,000 was distributed to a diverse group of 35 local charities. To see all the winning entries, visit Centennial River Trail Contest.

Read more about the Centennial River Trail and The Foundation’s exciting announcement – The Winnipeg Foundation celebrates successful Centennial River Trail

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