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January 14, 2015
For Immediate Release: Reducing isolation for seniors; helping newcomers recover from mental illness; and revitalizing a heritage church into vibrant, affordable living space, were just a few of the projects supported by $22.9 million in grants from The Winnipeg Foundation last year. The record granting year was announced today as the Foundation released its 2014 Annual Report.
“The past year has been a remarkable one for The Winnipeg Foundation,” says CEO Richard Frost. “We are grateful for the strong support we receive from people of all walks of life. The remarkable generosity of Winnipeggers, combined with positive returns in the markets, has allowed for this terrific granting year – and that means huge benefit for our entire community.”
Grant money is drawn annually from more than 2,800 endowments that have been established at the Foundation since 1921. With the addition of $23.7 million in gifts last year, these endowments have reached more than $660 million, providing a steady stream of support for community charities, such as Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, which hosted the Annual Report launch.
One of 860 organizations that benefited from Foundation grants in 2014, Good Neighbours provides a variety of programs and supports to Winnipeg seniors. Its 2014 grant supported “Wheels to Meals,” a shuttle service that helps area residents attend subsidized meal programs and provides an important opportunity to connect with others. This story and others can be found in the 2014 Annual Report.
A summary of the report will be included in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, January 17 and the full report is available at www.wpgfdn.org.
The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s first community foundation, was established in 1921. Built by people from all walks of life, the Foundation pools and invests gifts entrusted to it in order to generate grants that benefit a variety of local charitable needs.
Richard L. Frost, CEO
944.9474 ext. 223
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Or LuAnn Lovlin, Director of Communications
944.9474 ext. 232
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