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Kick off to Pay it Forward May
Kick off to Pay it Forward May

Pay it Forward May

An initiative encouraging citizens of Winkler & surrounding area to do good deeds throughout the month of May. Pay it forward is at the center of what we do at the Winkler Community Foundation; helping others impacts the community, making Winkler a better place to live, work and play.


Each year we grant to non-profit charitable organizations in Winkler and surrounding area. It is our goal to grant funds to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.


The Gordon Wiebe Education Awards help make life dreams possible for local youth who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. By offering support in the form of funding, we encourage high school students, current post-secondary students, and prospective students to pursue advanced education.

Vital Signs

Winkler’s Vital Signs is a community check-up that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life. Through Winkler’s Vital Signs, the Winkler Community Foundation grows understanding of resident priorities and identifies areas of need within the community. We work with an advisory committee to build community input on our reporting, to guide our work with local stakeholders, and to mobilize action on the findings.

Our first Vital Signs report was published in 2012. A second report Measuring the Heartbeat of our Community was published October 2018.

Vital Conversations followed the 2018 Report – continuing the conversation around making change happen in our community. The Winkler Community Foundation committed to hosting 3 Vital Conversations prior to the next Vital Signs report. The first one was held February 2019 with community leaders. The second was a Youth Vital Signs conversation help February 2020.

Citizen of the Year

Since 2006 the WCF has been sponsoring the Citizen of the Year award.  The Winkler Citizen of the Year Award is significant – it recognizes the efforts of an individual who contributes to making the City of Winkler a great place to live, work, play and learn. We feel it was a good fit with what the Foundation stands for which is community and creating a better life for people in our community.


We also take an active role in working with youth through our YiP programs.  Through these programs, students in elementary and high school are able to take part in philanthropy and help to give back to our community.

Public Education

Will Week encourages people, young and old, to have valid and up-to-date will and consider using it to make a charitable gift. Will Week is a partnership with the local Law firms, the Manitoba Bar Association and the Office of the Public Trustee.

If your organization is interested in partnering with WCF on a upcoming project, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch with us here.