winnipeg foundation blog
May 15th, 2014
With an organization that’s been around as long as ours – we celebrated 93 years on April 26th – it’s no surprise that our history is rich. The Winnipeg Foundation is a collection of endowments, but it’s also a collection of stories. Over the years, thousands of donors have contributed to our funds and each of them has had a unique reason to give.
We were reminded of one of those singular stories while looking through our archives recently. In 1970, Winnipeg hosted Queen Elizabeth II. (She was accompanied by her son, Prince Charles, who will visit us again later this month.) That royal visit prompted an act of generosity that ultimately benefited our community.
Royal visit to Manitoba, 1970. (Source: Manitoba Historical Society and Archives of Manitoba, C-70-1895.)
An anonymous Winnipegger offered a donation to the Queen’s lady-in-waiting: a gift of $15 and a letter commending her work. “You are called on to do so many things. So, My Dear Lady to make things a little brighter for you, will you please accept this little gift from me,” writes the donor who identifies herself as 78 years old and hailing from England. Her letter indicates a humble lifestyle, making her gesture of generosity and caring all the more remarkable.
Her gift eventually found its way to our foundation, via Government House in Ottawa and Manitoba’s then Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable R. S. Bowles. Bowles remembered the story of The Widow’s Mite – the second gift made the Foundation – an anonymous contribution of three gold coins, each worth five dollars, presumably contributed by a local woman of modest means. Seeing the parallels 46 years later (down to the dollar amount), Bowles decided the gift should be turned over to the Foundation for the benefit of Winnipeg.
And so, this self-described “old age pensioner,” who wrote that she lived alone in a small room and cooked her own meals, contributed to the Foundation’s ability to support important community causes. Hers is just one of thousands of stories, and thousands of gifts, we celebrate For good. Forever.
Learn more about The Winnipeg Foundation’s history.
May 8th, 2014
The response to the inaugural Recipe for Success contest was amazing, with 56 videos vying for top marks. The Foundation applauds all teams for participating in the contest and discussing healthy food.
Of all the excellent videos submitted, the following took top prizes:
Contest winners during their Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventure.
- $500 grant to support healthy food for each of the Grand Prize, Runner-Up and People’s Choice teams
- Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventure at Red River College’s (RRC) School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts for all the winning teams
- Plus the Wrap of Awesomeness will be featured at RRC’s Culinary Exchange restaurant May 12-16
“We are thrilled with the caliber and variety of the recipes submitted in the contest,” says Richard Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “The goal was to get kids talking about, preparing and eating healthy food. The success of the contest shows that’s exactly what happened.”
“Cooking is a valuable life skill,” says Keith Muller, Dean of RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. “We were happy to host these budding chefs at the Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventure, and to give them the opportunity to add a few new skills to their culinary repertoire.”
More than 100 kids in Grades 4-6 responded to The Winnipeg Foundation’s quest for the most outrageous, nutritious and delicious sandwich. The public cast more than 3,500 votes to determine People’s Choice winner. The Grand Prize and Runner-Up videos were decided by a panel of judges:
- Sharon Blady, Minister, Healthy Living and Seniors
- Keith Muller, Dean, RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- Ace Burpee, Morning Show Host, Virgin103 and Nourishing Potential Committee Member
- Nicole Dubé, Social Media Reporter, CTV Morning Live
- Susan Millican, Board Chair, The Winnipeg Foundation
To watch the videos or learn more about the contest or Nourishing Potential, visit www.wpgfdn.org/recipe-for-success.
Why is the Foundation spearheading this initiative? Sometimes a sandwich isn’t just a sandwich – it’s a building block for a brighter future. Since 2011, the Foundation’s Nourishing Potential Fund has helped children and youth in after-school and drop-in programs access healthy food, nutrition education and cooking skills needed to grow and thrive. The Recipe for Success contest is being held in support of Nourishing Potential.
February 20th, 2014
There’s just one week until Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Michael Moss will be in Winnipeg. Discover the tactics multi-national companies use to get you to eat processed food – and learn the how to fight back.
“Knowing everything that the food companies are doing to get you to do their bidding when you walk in the front door of a grocery store is an incredible playing field leveler.” –Michael Moss
Michael Moss discusses
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Masonic Centre, 420 Corydon Avenue
(at Confusion Corner)
Tickets are $30, or $15 for Growing Local Conference attendees
To purchase tickets go to www.wpgfdn.org/michaelmoss.
The evening includes a public lecture/presentation and Q&A session.
In his book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Moss details the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the North American obesity epidemic. And he reveals how companies use salt, sugar and fat to allure us.
The Winnipeg Foundation, in partnership with Food Matters Manitoba, is pleased to present Michael Moss as part of the Growing Local Conference.
Why is The Winnipeg Foundation co-presenting Michael Moss? We want Winnipeg to be a place where community life flourishes – today and for future generations. To do that, the Foundation identifies and responds to the changing needs of our community. One of the areas we fund is food-related programs, and in 2011 we launched Nourishing Potential, a program helping kids access healthy food, cooking skills and nutrition education needed to grow and thrive.
To have a healthy community, you need healthy people – Nourishing Potential is one way we’re helping children and youth. Michael Moss’ presentation will help all Winnipeggers understand what they’re up against each time they go grocery shopping or stop for a snack, giving them the power to make healthier choices.
February 13th, 2014
There’s one month left to get kids cooking for a chance to win!
The Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest aims to nourish the potential of Winnipeg kids by asking them to create their most outrageous, nutritious and delicious sandwich and share it on video.
Entering is easy!
- Grab a group of two to four kids in Grades 4-6.
- Make a three minute (or less) video demonstrating how to make your sandwich.
- Submit your video by March 14.
- Rally your friends to vote for your video during the public voting time, March 17 to 28.
The contest is open to residents of Winnipeg.
Need more help?
Plan a great sandwich video is an overview outlining some steps you might want to consider when preparing your video. Or check out the Recipe for Success Contest website for more great tips.
The more creative the sandwich, the better. White bread need not apply – the contest is hoping to see wraps, pitas, and even lettuce.
The Winner and Runner-up teams will be determined by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice team will be decided by the online public votes. In addition, two teams will win based on a wild card draw.
Up for grabs…
Why is the Foundation spearheading this initiative?
We believe sometimes a sandwich isn’t just a sandwich – it’s a building block for a brighter future. The Foundation identifies and responds to the changing needs of our community. One of the areas we fund is food-related programs and in 2011 we launched the Nourishing Potential Fund, which helps children and youth in after-school and drop-in programs access the healthy food, nutrition education and cooking skills development they need to grow and thrive.
We’re currently growing the Nourishing Potential Fund, aimed to be a $5 million endowment which will provide more than $200,000 every year for related programs. The Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest is being held in support of Nourishing Potential.
Visit www.wpgfdn.org/recipe-for-success for complete contest details.
February 5th, 2014
How do you fight back against the food giants that do everything in their power to get you to eat their products? According to Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Michael Moss, you educate.
“Knowing everything that the food companies are doing to get you to do their bidding when you walk in the front door of a grocery store is an incredible playing field leveler.” – Michael Moss
Chelsea McCallum and Shay Harris, participants in an Inner City Youth Alive program that received a Nourishing Potential grant.
The Winning Foundation takes that message to heart. We want Winnipeg to be a place where community life flourishes – today and for future generations. To do that, we identify and respond to the changing needs of our community. One of the areas we fund is food-related programs, and in 2011 we launched Nourishing Potential, a program which helps kids access healthy food, cooking skills and nutrition education needed to grow and thrive.
To have a healthy community, you need healthy people –Nourishing Potential is one way we’re helping children and youth. But it’s important for everyone to understand not only why it’s important to eat well but also why doing so can often be difficult. That’s where Michael Moss comes in.
In his book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Moss outlines what you and I are up against every time we go grocery shopping or stop for a snack. The Winnipeg Foundation, in partnership with Food Matters Manitoba, is pleased to present Michael Moss on Thursday, Feb. 27 as part of the Growing Local Conference.
Here’s your chance to discover the tactics multi-national companies use to get you to eat processed foods, a $3 trillion a year industry. In the book, Moss outlines the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the North American obesity epidemic. He reveals how companies use salt, sugar and fat to allure us and, more importantly, how we can fight back.
The evening includes a public lecture and Q&A session with Moss on Thursday, February 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Centre, 420 Corydon Avenue (at Confusion Corner). Tickets are $30, or $15 for Growing Local Conference attendees. The venue is fully accessible.
For more information and to purchase tickets online go to www.wpgfdn.org/michaelmoss.