Putting down roots


Endow Manitoba supports community foundations across Manitoba.
From early December to mid-March, the outdoor rink on the grounds of the Morden Courthouse is used every day. The Morden Area Foundation is proud to support projects like this, says Executive Director Lynda Lambert MacLean.  
Banner Image: Elementary students in Dauphin celebrated Canada 150 by making flags – one of the many projects supported by Dauphin Community Foundation in 2017.

As more and more Manitobans are seeing the value in permanent community support, community foundation across our province are flourishing.

There are 55 community foundations across Manitoba – the most, per capita, in all of Canada. As the first community foundation in the country, The Winnipeg Foundation has taken a leadership role in working with and supporting our Manitoba colleagues under the Endow Manitoba banner.

Through Endow Manitoba and endowmanitoba.ca, The Foundation offers a unified platform where people throughout our province can come to learn about community foundations, find the foundation closest to their home, and make gifts to foundations across our province. All foundations that are members of Community Foundations of Canada, the national network for community foundations, are included in Endow Manitoba.

Through Endow Manitoba, Manitoba community foundations may choose to have The Winnipeg Foundation manage their investments. They also gain access to administrative and professional development support, as well as marketing and communications resources, including the 24-Hour Giving Challenge.

During the 24-Hour Giving Challenge, which happens one day a year in November, The Winnipeg Foundation stretches each $5 gift made to community foundations with $1 (to a maximum of $2,000 per foundation). To receive the stretch, gifts must be made to a foundation’s undesignated fund. The program has seen great success since it was launched in 2014, and in 2017 the Province of Manitoba signed on as a partner, contributing another $1 for every $5 gift (to a maximum of $2,000 per foundation). That meant each $5 gift was worth $7.

In 2017, 52 of Manitoba’s 54 community foundations participated in the 24-Hour Giving Challenge. Many were able to leverage additional stretch funding from local community partners such as what happened with the Winkler Community Foundation. There, each $5 gift to the Winkler Community Foundation was stretched by an incredible $5, thanks to additional support from the City of Winkler, Access Credit Union and Winkler Auto-Dealers.

“We are elated with the response from the 24-Hour Giving Challenge. The event is an opportunity to talk to people in our community about the Winkler Community Foundation and its impact,” says Myra Peters, Winkler Community Foundation Executive Director. “Thank you to our sponsors for helping us make this fundraising drive such a success. Donors wait for this event annually to give, knowing the impact of their gift will be stretched. The challenge brings awareness as well as new donors.”

Amounts raised during 24-Hour Giving Challenge

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