About Community Foundations

The Idea Comes to Canada

From 1915 to 1930, the community foundation concept spread to many other centres in the United States and crossed the border into Canada.

Canada's first community foundation was incorporated in Winnipeg in 1921.

Like our Foundation, it was started with a $100,000 donation - from W.F. (Bill) Alloway, founder of the private bank, Alloway and Champion.

Today, Winnipeg's is Canada's second largest community foundation, with assets exceeding $300 million.

The end of World War II heralded an era of accelerated growth and broadened sponsorship for all kinds of community organizations, including community foundations.