Promising projects


Donors’ generosity makes it possible for The Foundation to support a variety of projects in our community.

The following grants were announced June 2019.

Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons

Indigenous healing room at Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital

$25,000, drawn from the Moffat Family Fund

With the goal of improving the healthcare of babies and children, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (CAPS) provides financial support for scholarships, clinical research and educational activities aimed at local efforts across the country.

Noah Erenberg, Community Grants Associate
“Even though half the patients and families coming to Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital are Indigenous, there’s very little, if anything, reflecting Indigenous cultures, beliefs or views. Indigenous patients can sometimes feel unsafe or unwelcomed, so this room will be a comfortable space with Indigenous materials that will allow Elders to come in and offer support that may not be offered elsewhere in the hospital.”

IISD Experimental Lakes Area

Interactive Climate Change Packages

$35,000, drawn from the hundreds of Community Funds held at The Foundation

Headquartered in Winnipeg, the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) facility provides a platform for technical training, capacity building and environmental research, through partnerships with government agencies, academic institutions, industry and the public. An area of 58 interconnected lakes and their watersheds in Northwestern Ontario, the ELA is a living laboratory for aquatic ecosystem science used for research for more than 50 years.

Kerry Ryan, Community Grants Associate
“IISD has been recording climate information for a long time. Now they’re making it available to students so they can dig into the data, look at trends, study things that are changing in our climate, and make some predictions about what might happen next. Students will be able to learn about the climate crisis that we’re experiencing now and what they can do in their own lives to help mitigate some of the effects we’re already seeing.”

Manitoba Hindu Seniors

Meet, Eat and Greet

$9,000, drawn from the hundreds of Community Funds held at The Foundation, and from the Thistle Seniors Fund

Manitoba Hindu Seniors promotes and preserves Hindu culture, philosophy and traditions by hosting recreational, social, educational, cultural and spiritual activities, with its 400 members and the community at large.

Neneth Bañas, Community Grants Associate
“Meet, Eat and Greet is a year-round event made up of monthly gatherings. Each month has a theme looking at East Indian culture, or Canadian culture, or sharing general information for seniors. The members come from a variety of East Indian cultures, regions and even countries. It’s great for Winnipeg because it’s a good opportunity for seniors to connect with each other and meet new people. It’s a perfect opportunity to share a meal, laughs, and a good time with one another.”

Volunteer Manitoba

Resource Centre and Board Connect

$228,595 over three years, drawn from the hundreds of Community Funds held at The Foundation

Volunteer Manitoba provides professional development and training for non-profit organizations. The organization works to connect Manitobans with volunteer opportunities and promote volunteerism, which creates a stronger and healthier community.

Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet)

Workshops on financial sustainability for non-profit organizations and social enterprises

$225,000 over three years, drawn from the hundreds of Community Funds held at The Foundation

CCEDNet provides training and professional development to non-profit organizations. Its focus is on strengthening communities and creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.

Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants
“Organizations in the charitable sector are stretched and stressed. As a funder, we thought about ways we might be able to support nonprofits in our community — and one of the ways we’re doing that is by providing funding to Volunteer Manitoba and CCEDNet. Both organizations are great resources; providing training and professional development in our community.”

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

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