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Women's Endowment Fund

The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba's Women's Endowment Fund is designed to generate financial resources for the benefit of organizations helping Manitoba women. It is a practical, meaningful way to act as "women helping women".

History of the Fund

The Women's Endowment Fund was established in 1994 to encourage women’s philanthropy. The Fund is committed to improving the lives of Manitoba women by generating financial resources that are distributed in the form of grants, twice annually. The WEF inspires women about philanthropy and the power they have to effect positive change.

The WEF is unique in Manitoba, giving exclusively to organizations and programs devoted to enriching the lives of girls and women. Since its inception, the WEF has distributed over $550,000 in grants to more than 90 different organizations.

In 2017, the Women’s Endowment Fund supported the following initiatives:

Alpha House ($3,700)

  • To replace the kitchen dining sets in the apartments as part of the long term plan of renovating and upgrading all the residential apartments.

Chabad-Lubavitch of Winnipeg ($2,750)

  • To bring in Chanale Felig, a world-renowned female Jewish singer to perform at a women's concert.

Chabad-Lubavitch of Winnipeg ($5,825)

  • To purchase the materials needed to support the installation of new ceramic tiles in the mikvah pool.

Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at Syd Glow Place ($4,600)

  • To support Baking with Babas, an intergenerational program that partners school children with Babas in the community to talk, laugh, and bake Jewish delicacies.

Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network ($10,000)

  • To support the Refugee Home Visit Support Program, a project that extends their existing home visit program.

Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation ($7,500)

  • To support the renovation of Sage House, a facility offering programs and services to women who identify as street-involved and who are engaged in survival sex work.

Rady Jewish Community Centre ($5,000)

  • To support BBG Week, a special event for female members of BBYO.

Shalom Residences ($3,260)

  • To enhance the amenities, comfort, and quality of life for four women with intellectual disabilities in a home to which they have recently relocated.

St. Boniface General Hospital ($7,000)

  • To purchase a handheld mobile ultrasound device that will be used to examine the hearts in women with breast cancer.

Western Manitoba Women’s Regional Resource Centre ($10,000)

  • To employ a contract art therapist to work with women who are victims of domestic violence.

Willow Place ($800)

  • To purchase yoga mats, volunteer recruitment, and training as part of the Healthy Living program for women and all-female staff.

Your Gift can Commemorate a Special Occasion 

The Women's Endowment Fund offers a meaningful way to commemorate special occasions in the lives of loved ones with the establishment of new funds, contributions to existing funds or through Women's Endowment Fund Tribute Cards.

To send a Tribute Card, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Women's Endowment Fund, please contact Stephanie Casar, Development Associate, Women's Endowment Fund, by telephone at 204.477.7528 or toll-free from the US/Canada at 1.855.284.1918 or by email at scasar@jewishfoundation.org.