Leave a Legacy
Benefits of the Winkler Community Foundation
The Winkler Community is invested in community. We build endowment funds, provide ongoing funding to local non-profit and charitable organizations through grants, support young people pursuing post-secondary education through education awards, and invest in leadership initiatives. We believe our community is stronger together.
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“Community foundations exist to improve the quality of life in our community today and forever.”
Ways to Give, Tailored to Your Needs
The Winkler Community Foundation offers a range of options tailored to your needs, your charitable interests, your impact timeline, and your desired degree of involvement:
1. Gift to an unrestricted community fund
The community foundation makes decisions about how to allocate distributions from the fund towards the greatest needs and priorities.
2. Establish your fund
Set up a fund in your name or the name of someone you wish to honour, similar to a family foundation. Assets are pooled alongside others at the community foundation and invested professionally. Donors can choose to distribute grants to any registered Canadian charity or seek assistance from the community foundation for more giving ideas.
3. Contribute to an existing fund
There are a number of existing charitable funds already set up at the Winkler community foundation that you can contribute to at any time. Proceeds from the fund are used to support the area of need outlined in the particular fund chosen.
“Endowments allow for continuous growth and giving, year after year, from the original gift.”
How Endowed Giving Works
People with a philanthropic desire to give back to their community contribute to a community foundation. Contributions are pooled and invested.
- The pooled investment grows through careful stewardship
- Income is generated and used to make grants, as directed by the donor
- Community foundations make sure donor wishes are fulfilled every year, now and forever
- Endowments allow for continuous growth and giving
- Since the profit on the original investment is granted out to charities, it allows for continuous growth and giving, year after year from the original gift
Plan now to create a legacy that reflects your life and helps your community thrive, forever.
A legacy gift can support the focus, project, or charity you are passionate about. You can make an impact in your community and honour your values while supporting others. Choose your focus, and how you want to help, and a legacy gift will fulfill your future wishes.
Legacy gifts to The Winkler Community Foundation can be directed to an existing fund, or you can create your own endowment fund.
The most common legacy gift is a charitable gift through a Will (bequest). To learn more about types of bequests and how to include The Foundation, download Create your legacy [PDF].
Memorials and Tribute Gifts
You can honour, remember, or celebrate those you care about by supporting a Cause that reflects their accomplishments and passions.
Either in Memorium or to honour life milestones, the Winkler Community Foundation has options to help you support the community in the name of someone you love.
These funds may also provide others with a meaningful way to show their appreciation for your loved one. You can provide them with the opportunity to make memorial or tribute gifts. The Winkler Community Foundation can create a temporary Memorial or Tribute fund and accept the gifts on your behalf. Creating the temporary fund is simple and can be done quickly. To get started, just let us know your wishes and a name for the fund. Within 24 hours, we can accept gifts to the fund. We will notify you of all gifts to the temporary fund, thank each donor individually, and provide a tax receipt for each gift.
When you are ready, you can decide how your temporary fund will help our community. We will work with you to explain your options and help you determine where to place the gift. You may choose to:
- Establish a permanent endowment fund at the foundation to support a cause that reflects your loved one’s accomplishments and passions.
- Contribute to an existing fund at the Winkler Community Foundation.
- Give a one-time grant to your or your loved one’s favourite charity.
If you have any questions about legacy or memorial gifts, contact Myra Peters by calling 204-362-9292 or sending us an email.
Types of Charitable Funds
Donor Advised Funds
You or your named successor, donor, or advisor make choices about which charities you wish to support annually. You may support any registered Canadian charity or other qualified recipient as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Kalansky Family Fund
Mend the Gap Fund
Falk Fehr Foundation Fund
You recommend specific charities you wish to support when you set up your fund. A community foundation manages the annual distribution to those charities.
- Winkler Minor Baseball Fund
Field of Interest Funds
You identify your area(s) of interest when establishing your fund. A community foundation decides which organizations to support, considering your interests.
- 2014 Manitoba Winter Games Sport Legacy
- CW Wiebe Medical
Creating an endowment fund in honour of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion establishes a permanent legacy.
Example of a memorial fund: Frank & Vi Wiebe Cheerboard
A fund in your name or a loved one’s name can provide student scholarships that benefit youth in your area(s) of interest. A community foundation helps you define the scholarship criteria, handles all administrative details, and awards scholarships to deserving students in the name of the Fund you establish.
- Gordon Wiebe Fund
- Kaitlyn Marie Reimer Scholarship
Your gift meets ever-changing community needs and priorities, including those that may not even have been known when you made it. A community foundation evaluates all aspects of community well-being—arts and culture, environment, health and social services, youth, and more. Your trust in a community foundation makes it possible for us to make decisions responding to our community’s most pressing needs and priorities.
- Community Fund
- Thomas Sill Fund
- Youth in Philanthropy
Charitable Funds for Charities
Charitable organizations can establish an endowment with a community foundation to provide a permanent funding source for their organization. Donors who wish to leave a legacy to their favourite charity benefit from knowing a trusted organization is managing their fund so the charity can concentrate on its community mission.
Gateway Resources Fund
Katie Cares Fund
Winkler Fire Rescue Fund
Winkler Heritage Museum Fund