FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thanks to the generosity of Manitobans, community foundations across our province received gifts totaling more than $1.68 million during this year’s Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge. This is the most raised during the nine-year history of the Giving Challenge! Since these gifts are endowed, Manitoba’s community foundations can provide even more support for local charitable activities, now and forever.
From Nov. 14 to 20, the 2,828 gifts made to Manitoba community foundations’ undesignated funds were stretched, increasing the amount and the impact of the gifts. Each community foundation was eligible to receive up to $4,000 in stretch funding during the Giving Challenge, thanks to The Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba government, that each provided a maximum stretch of $2,000 per foundation. See complete results – 2022 Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge results [PDF].
Community foundations provide vital funding for charitable projects and initiatives in local communities, especially during challenging times. Undesignated funds provide community foundations with the greatest flexibility in responding to their communities’ changing needs and emerging priorities, through grants to local charities. The annual Giving Challenge is coordinated by Endow Manitoba, an initiative of The Winnipeg Foundation.
“Community foundations are built by citizens working together to ensure their local communities have access to reliable and stable funding for their charitable activities,” says Alan Goddard, director of Endow Manitoba. “Manitoba is the most generous province in Canada, and we have the most community foundations, per capita, in North America. The growth and success of the Giving Challenge is one of the many ways we show that we care for our communities, now and for future generations. Gratitude to all our donors, volunteers, and event partners – including the Manitoba government – for the stretching gifts made to each community foundation during the Giving Challenge.”
“The Giving Challenge is always an exciting time for the Carman Area Foundation. During this week the generosity from local community members is always tremendous,” says Carman Area Foundation board chair, Janine Lodder. “This is the 9th Giving Challenge we have participated in. These gifts help our foundation’s endowment fund grow, allowing us to grant with impact to local charitable organizations. We are always grateful for each and every donation.”
Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge 2022 highlights:
- $1,684,041.75 raised
- $1,492,538.83 total gift value
- $ 191,502.92 total stretch value
- 2,828 gifts made
- 39 community foundations received maximum stretch
Historic amounts raised during 24-Hour Giving Challenge:
- 2022 – $1,684,041.75
- 2021 – $1,515,125.01
- 2020 – $1,254,238.81
- 2019 – $1,010,386.83
- 2018 – $1,016,666.61
- 2017 – $893,448.89
- 2016 – $497,115.99
- 2015 – $555,868
- 2014 – $245,428
Community foundations are charities, built by communities for communities. Gifts are pooled and permanently invested, and the interest earned is granted to local initiatives each year. Since the capital is never spent, your gifts support the community forever. Every year, community foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects, helping ensure our Manitoba hometowns are vibrant and thriving.
Endow Manitoba represents the network of our province’s community foundations. An initiative of The Winnipeg Foundation, Endow Manitoba works with the province’s 57 community foundations to increase their impact and to advance the movement.
The Winnipeg Foundation is For Good. Forever. We help people give back to our shared community by connecting generous donors with Causes they care about For Good. We’re are an endowment-based public foundation, so gifts are pooled and invested, and the annual earnings are distributed back to the community Forever. Formed in 1921, we are proud to be the first community foundation in Canada.
LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation