Endowment Funds

Establishing your fund

Help our community thrive For Good. Forever.

Support the community and build a legacy by starting a fund with The Winnipeg Foundation. We offer a variety of fund types to help you realize your generosity goals.

Are you a professional advisor? Please see our Professional Advisor page to learn how you and your clients can work with us!

Are you a registered charity looking to start an agency fund? Please see our Agency Fund page.

What is an endowment fund?

An endowment fund is an account for your generosity. Your charitable gifts are invested, and the interest earned every year is donated to the causes you are passionate about.

Most endowment funds at The Winnipeg Foundation are permanent, but some can be spent down during a period of time, or immediately flowed to the community.

Because most endowments last forever, a gift to The Winnipeg Foundation is a powerful choice that will support Winnipeg well into the future. Over the years, the amount granted to community through your fund will surpass the value of your original gift.

Why start a fund?

  • Make a difference by providing lasting support for our community
  • Establish a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime
  • Honour a loved one
  • Celebrate a significant milestone, like a wedding or birthday and ask for donations in lieu of gifts
  • Give money away at your own pace
  • Organize your giving and simplify the administration of your family’s generosity or foundation

Types of funds

Named fund within the Community Fund

Gifts in these funds are unrestricted. Donors entrust The Winnipeg Foundation with the task of identifying community priorities and the charitable organizations best able to meet them.

Designated fund

These funds support the donor’s favourite cause or charity.

Donor advised fund

Donors play an active role in recommending support for organizations and causes that matter to them.

Memorial, tribute or special occasion funds

These funds are created to commemorate a person, family or significant event.

We’re excited to help you reach your generosity goals. The minimum balance to start a fund ranges from $2,500-$20,000 depending on the fund type. You can create and name your fund with a gift of any amount, and take up to five years to build your fund to the minimum balance.

See the impact of your donation!

Giftabulator® allows you to try different giving scenarios providing you with the opportunity to tailor your giving to your situation. It will also provide resources you can share with your financial advisor when you are discussing your giving options. 

Explore your generosity with Giftabulator®.

Ready to start a fund? Connect with us by emailing communitygenerosity@nullwpgfdn.org

How would you like to start?

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