Foundations learning from foundations


Manitoba’s 56 community foundations are committed to bettering their communities, right now and forever.

Endow Manitoba is a diverse network of charitable organizations driven by passionate volunteers and staff who share a wealth of knowledge and experience in service to their communities.

Endow Manitoba started as an initiative of The Winnipeg Foundation and works to advance the sustainability and growth of each community foundation in the province. In October 2022, Endow Manitoba will host its inaugural Endow Manitoba Community Foundation Conference.

A dedicated network of community foundation leaders will be brought together by the conference to engage in peer-to-peer learning and strengthen relationships through meaningful conversation. A series of group sessions designed in collaboration with the Manitoba community foundation network will provide a variety of networking and education opportunities.

The sessions will dive into the five core aspects of community foundation competencies – governance, finance and administration, fund development, grant-making, and strategic initiatives – and will appeal to attendees at all levels of foundation experience, from reviewing the fundamentals with new volunteers to expanding current ideas with long-serving board members and staff.

Over the course of two days stories and experiences from Manitoba’s community foundations will be shared, highlighting great work and leadership from across the province.

“The knowledge and experiences shared at the conference will allow our community foundations to learn from each other and continue building and strengthening their presence and impact in their community,” says Michele Polinuk, Endow Manitoba Provincial Advisory Board member.

The Endow Manitoba Provincial Advisory Board, made up of representatives from community foundations across the province, want attendees to leave the conference feeling motivated and empowered to act within their boards and communities.

“This upcoming conference will truly be an inclusive and engaging experience for all 56 foundations,” Polinuk says. “Made in Manitoba for Manitoba!”

This story is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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