Strengthening the Manitoba community foundation movement


Endow Manitoba working with community foundations to enhance impact.

Community foundations throughout the province help their local communities flourish. New, more responsive and proactive programming, delivered by Endow Manitoba in support of the community foundation movement, is helping to build an even stronger network.

An Endow Manitoba Provincial Advisory Board was recently established to help ensure programs in development and delivered through The Winnipeg Foundation will continue to support the needs of Manitoba community foundations in an effective and collaborative manner.

The Advisory Board, which includes representatives from community foundations across the province, provides insight and feedback about Endow Manitoba priorities, programs, and activities.

“Representatives are the ones on the ground in their respective communities and regions. They carry the knowledge about the wants and needs of their foundation – what works and what doesn’t, but also the desire to learn and grow as a movement,” says Reg Black, Chair of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation, and a founding member of the Advisory Board. “Collaboration among members of the Advisory Board will no doubt be a huge benefit for the foundation movement in our province.”

“Collaboration among members of the advisory board will no doubt be a huge benefit for the foundation movement in our province.”

Reg Black, Chair of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation; Endow Manitoba Advisory Board member

One of the first steps in supporting the expanded programming has been a revamp of the Endow Manitoba brand. The new design pays homage to communities’ individualities while recognizing we are all connected within the province we call home.

“Foundations, in my opinion, remain one of the best kept secrets in our communities,” Black says. “The education and marketing in our communities is something that not only needs to be enhanced but continually done.”

Community foundations will also get a public boost during celebrations for Manitoba’s 150th birthday in 2020, as support for legacy projects is being channeled through local community foundations. See Manitoba turns 150 for details.

Some of the new programs and initiatives being developed and coordinated by Endow Manitoba on behalf of community foundations are highlighted below.

The Winnipeg Foundation has been supporting the community foundation movement across Manitoba through capacity building programs and activities for more than two decades. In 2018, it expanded the Endow Manitoba team to help focus and enhance efforts.

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

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