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The Winnipeg Foundation wants to assure the charitable sector, our community partners, generous donors and the entire community that we are doing our best to provide appropriate support and leadership throughout this period of heightened risk and uncertainty.
We are upholding current agreements and commitments by making grants and payments to charitable organizations and projects.
We have also introduced new support for lead charitable organizations serving vulnerable persons. Our first focus is on agencies that provide shelter and food services for those living in close proximity to each other. We are also giving emphasis to agencies that support less advantaged communities. As of Thursday, March 26, The Foundation has approved more than 30 COVID-19 Response Grants ranging from $3,000 to $100,000. See the list here. Our Grants Team is monitoring community developments and we will advance recommendations to the Board as necessary.
We have developed the COVID-19 Community Response Fund as a place for caring citizens to make gifts that will be immediately distributed to places of need in our community.
We believe we have an obligation to be proactive in mitigating the spread and severity of the disease. The Foundation offices are closed until further notice. All staff can still be contacted via our staff directory.
Group convenings organized by The Foundation will be postponed, cancelled, or reorganized as virtual gatherings. We will review, revise, and adapt this process as necessary on an ongoing basis.
For all parts of the charitable sector, COVID-19 and physical distancing is going to be very disruptive. However, practicing physical distancing right now is how we show our love of our community. The obvious economic fallout will no doubt create deficits and in the Manitoba tradition of generosity, our community will undoubtedly rally to provide support in the coming months. Our Board of Directors will adjust priorities as necessary to help where we can.
Finally, I want to thank our donors. We are indebted to the generous people from the past who have provided The Foundation’s basic capacity to respond in this crisis. And we are also very grateful for today’s donors and Donor Advisors who are augmenting our grants and contributing to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
A most sincere “thank you” on behalf of the charitable sector – particularly those on the front lines serving our community.