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CFPD celebrating 25 years

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Community Foundation of Portage and District is holding the first of many celebrations next week as they lead up to their 25th anniversary in 2019. (Supplied photo)

The Community Foundation of Portage and District is holding the first of many celebrations next week as they lead up to their 25th anniversary in 2019. (Supplied photo)

25 years of giving back to the community should deserve a year-long celebration.

The Community Foundation of Portage and District turns 25 in 2019 and they’re kicking off a year of exciting celebrations with an anniversary luncheon to be held at the William Glesby Centre in Portage la Prairie Thursday, June 21.

“We were incorporated in 1994 so technically our anniversary isn't until June of 2019,” says CFPD executive director, Mandy Dubois. “We want to do a whole year celebration ending in June of next year with our big $250,000 impact grant payout.”

The annual celebration highlights where the CFPD’s money went over the last year including grants and bursaries. The community foundation was started with just over 170 people who donated $1,000 and started with an initial $240,000 in the endowment fund. It has now grown to an astounding $8.3million and the Foundation doles out $250,000 every year.

“Those initial members had the idea that if they made this donation and started the endowment fund there would be money for the community for years to come,” says Dubois. “We still have those initial donations because they always stay in the account and it just keeps growing and growing.” 

Over the next year, Dubois and the CFPD plan to continue educating the public as to the importance of their granting programs and encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant or bursary to do so. Dubois adds they've got a lot more in store for the community event wise as it's going to be a very exciting 12 months.

The CFPD is handing out their yearly bursaries Tuesday at their office on Saskatchewan Avenue at  7 p.m. The anniversary luncheon is planned for Thursday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glesby Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the CFPD office.


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