The Winnipeg Foundation

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The Winnipeg Foundation is a registered Canadian charity based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was established in 1921 and is Canada's oldest community foundation. The Foundation is dedicated primarily to the social improvement of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It pools and permanently invests gifts from donors from all walks of life to support the local charitable sector, through grants in a broad range of areas, including; community service, education and employment, health, environment, heritage, arts and culture, and recreation.[1]

In 2013 The Winnipeg Foundation made $21.3 million in grants to almost 800 charitable organizations.[2]


The Winnipeg Foundation was founded in 1921 with a gift of $100,000 from local businessman and banker, William Forbes Alloway. In 2001, the Foundation experienced an unprecedented gift when it received a $100 million donation - at the time it was the largest gift ever made to a Canadian community foundation - from Randall Moffat and his family. Moffat is the former president of Moffat Communications. In 2003, The Winnipeg Foundation made its largest grant to date ($6 million) to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.[3] In 2012, The Winnipeg Foundation surpassed $300 million in total cumulative grants.[4]


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