Donor Programs

Founders Club
The Community Foundation of Portage and District owes its existence to the Thomas Sill Foundation’s commitment to rural philanthropy and to a few Portagers who foresaw the value of a community foundation to all the citizens of Portage and district. By late 1993, the Thomas Sill Foundation was already acknowledged as the major nongovernmental funder in rural and northern Manitoba. To promote community self-sufficiency and top spread the burden of funding worthy charitable activities, they announced the assignment of $1 million to help create 10 new community foundations in rural and northern Manitoba. Portage and district was fortunate to be one of the first ten. MORE

Builder’s Club and Friends of the Foundation
In 1995, a new slogan was adopted to demonstrate a clear separation from the Founders Club – Founding is done, long term has begun. A new long term donor recognition program was adopted: contributors of $100 to $499 became “Friends of the Foundation” and contributors of $500 and up became members of the “Builders Club.”

Millennium Challenge Project
In 2000, we were issued a challenge by an anonymous donor to increase our undesignated permanent endowment fund by $150,000 before December 31, 2002. As we were very successful in meeting this challenge, the anonymous donor donated a matching amount of $150,000 to us to make immediate charitable grants of $50,000 per year for three years to qualified recipients in our community. MORE

Community Match Challenge
In 2004, the anonymous donor committee issued the Community Foundation of Portage and District (CFPD) with another challenge, this time to increase our undesignated permanent endowment fund by $75,000 before December 31, 2006. CFPD has named this project the “Community Match Challenge.” MORE

Memorial List
Memorial gifts are a thoughtful way of honouring the memory of a family member, friend or colleague who has passed away. Memorial gifts made to the Community Foundation of Portage and District qualify as charitable donations. Donors will receive a tax receipt and the family of the deceased will receive a letter acknowledging your gift. A memorial gift to the Community Foundation remembers that special person each year in our printed Annual Report and on our website. MORE