As part of its 100-Day Action Plan, the Manitoba government has taken steps to support the growth of community foundations and inspire philanthropy across the province by establishing the Endow Manitoba fund, Municipal Relations Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.
The Community Foundation of Portage & District Inc. is one of 55 community foundations in Manitoba that may benefit from the Endow Manitoba fund.
“We hope this new fund will help community foundations inspire more donations,” said Squires. “This fund will help rural community foundations continue to build on past successes.”
The fund will be managed by The Winnipeg Foundation, which will help to grow rural community foundations. It is anticipated that, once it reaches its targeted level of $5 million, the fund will generate about $250,000 each year. Funds will support a variety of programming, such as: capacity-building community foundation workshops; shared research and development projects; information technology enhancement programs; virtual communication platforms, such as website development that will enhance communication with the public and internally between community foundations and a commitment to expand the network of rural community foundations.
Across Canada there are 191 community foundations, with 55 in Manitoba, making this province home to the most community foundations per capita in the country.