Community Foundations of Manitoba

The Thomas Sill Foundation has a special relationship with rural and northern Manitoba. In our core area of providing cash grants, those awards made in rural and northern Manitoba have represented a significant percentage of annual allocations.  This makes the Foundation rare among its peers.

Further evidence of our support for rural and northern Manitobans is Community Foundations of Manitoba.  Between 1993 and 2005 we awarded $1,934,286 in a challenge grant program to help establish or reinvigorate the following 19 foundations:

The Community Foundation of Swan Valley supports the Communities That Care Initiative which develops programs for children at risk.

The Community Foundation of Swan Valley supports the Communities That Care Initiative which develops programs for children at risk.  This agency is also a Thomas Sill Foundation grantee.

 

 

 

  • Morden Area Foundation
  • Thompson Community Foundation
  • Altona Community Foundation
  • Selkirk & District Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Portage & District
  • Dauphin & District Community Foundation
  • Winkler Community Foundation
  • Carman Area Foundation
  • Southwest Manitoba Regional Community Foundation
  • Westshore Community Foundation
  • Interlake Community Foundation
  • Brokenhead River Community Foundation
  • Beautiful Plains Community Foundation
  • Steinbach Community Foundation
  • Brandon Area Community Foundation
  • Northern Neighbours Foundation
  • Roblin District Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Swan Valley

Insofar as Manitoba has a special relationship with Northwestern Ontario, the Thomas Sill Foundation has also supported the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation.

These “partners in philanthropy” have provided their citizens with access to over $56 million in new endowment funds.  Income from the funds will advance the quality of life in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario in perpetuity.  These assets now exceed those of the Thomas Sill Foundation, an amazing accomplishment by our partners since 1993.

A second challenge grant program was offered to all of Manitoba’s rural and northern community foundations in 2015.  Forty-nine of them accepted, and earned $1,095,987  from the Thomas Sill Foundation.  They also received $1,000 each to help administer their fundraising strategies, bringing our second phase funding to $1,144,987.

Our partners in this latest endeavours included community foundations in:

Altona     Minnedosa  
Beausejour     Morden  
Birtle     Morris  
Boissevain     Neepawa  
Brandon     MacGregor  
Carberry     Oak Lake  
Carman     Manitou  
Cartwright     Pilot Mound  
Dauphin     Pinawa  
Elkhorn     Plum Coulee  
Flin Flon     Portage  
Gimli     Reston  
Gladstone     Rivers  
Glenboro     Roblin  
Grandview     Russell  
Hamiota     St. Boniface  
Headingley     Selkirk  
Holland     Shoal Lake  
Interlake     Souris  
Kenora     Southwest  
Killarney     Swan River  
Lac du Bonnet     Thompson  
Lundar     Treherne  
Miami     Wawanesa  
      Winkler  

In 1993, the assets of the few rural and northern community foundations were, perhaps, $5 million.  Today they total over $100 million.  The Thomas Sill Foundation is proud to have worked with so many fine communities, and to have shared their successes.  Further growth is inevitable, and income from these funds will enhance the residents’ quality of life in perpetuity. 

These “partners in philanthropy” have provided their citizens with access to over $56 million in new endowment funds. Income from the funds will advance the quality of life in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario in perpetuity.  These assets now exceed those of the Thomas Sill Foundation, an amazing accomplishment by our partners since 1993.

As part of its continuing support for all rural and northern community foundations, the Thomas Sill Foundation has helped fund national and provincial conferences. It has also assisted in the development of websites for those foundations expressing an interest.

As of 2015, the Thomas Sill Foundation is partnering with The Winnipeg Foundation to help fund the Administrative Grants Program for rural and remote community foundations.  Our grant of $125,000 is payable over 5 years.

 

The annual gala of the Carmen Area Foundation.

The annual gala of the Carman Area Foundation.

Manitoba, with only 4% of Canada’s population, has 50 members of the Community Foundations of Canada.   This represents 25% of the membership.

In a 2015 report, the Rural Development Institute of Brandon University estimated that the annual direct and indirect economic impacts to rural and northern Manitoba derived from community foundation activity is almost $30 million.

Please call our office if your community would like to start a foundation.