Giving Challenge a boon for community foundation

Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2022 07:44

Dauphin District Community Foundation (DDCF) is $172,381.93 richer thanks to this year’s Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge.

As part of the annual campaign, Nov. 14 to 20, gifts to Manitoba community foundations’ undesignated funds were “stretched” by a maximum of $4,000 thanks to The Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba government, that each provided a maximum of $2,000 in matching funds per foundation.

During the week, DCF received 247 gifts totalling $168,381.93 which earned the maximum donation from the province and the Winnipeg Foundation.

Provincewide, community foundations received gifts totaling more than $1.68 million during this year’s Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge, the most raised during the nine-year history of the challenge.

“Community foundations are built by citizens working together to ensure their local communities have access to reliable and stable funding for their charitable activities,” Alan Goddard, director of Endow Manitoba, said.

“Manitoba is the most generous province in Canada, and we have the most community foundations, per capita, in North America. The growth and success of the Giving Challenge is one of the many ways we show that we care for our communities, now and for future generations. Gratitude to all our donors, volunteers, and event partners - including the Manitoba government - for the stretching gifts made to each community foundation during the Giving Challenge.”

Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge 2022 highlights:
• $1,684,041.75 raised;
• $1,492,538.83 total gift value;
• $191,502.92 total stretch value;
• 2,828 gifts made; and
• 39 community foundations received maximum stretch.

Community foundations are charities, built by communities for communities.

Gifts are pooled and permanently invested, and the interest earned is granted to local initiatives each year. Since the capital is never spent, gifts support the community forever.

Every year, community foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects, helping ensure Manitoba communities are vibrant and thriving.

Endow Manitoba represents the network of the province’s community foundations. An initiative of The Winnipeg Foundation, Endow Manitoba works with the province’s 57 community foundations to increase their impact and to advance the movement.

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