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About Us 2017-03-27T18:01:09+00:00

The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba

Supporting Catholic Values – Always.

Since 1964, the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba has provided individuals and organizations with an opportunity to support a broad range of Catholic educational, religious, and human service agencies in Manitoba.

Board of Directors

Back Row

Karl Brosch, Peter Muzyka, Donald Tougas, Julie Turenne Maynard, Gerry Pronyk, † Frank Cvitkovitch, Geraldine Kwasny, Roman Korbutiak, Casimiro Rodrigues, Con Marks, Fr. Darren Kawiuk, Irka Semaniuk

Front Row

André Blondeau, Nicholas Chubenko, Wilmar Chopyk, Janet Brunger, Joe Brekelmans, Tom Lussier, Tyson Buors

President’s Message

Thanks to generous donors and prudent fund stewardship, the Foundation has been able to grant over $1,485,000 to worthy recipients since its inception in 1964. The Foundation is grateful to all donors whose generosity continues to enhance existing funds and allow it to establish new endowment funds with specific objectives.

The Foundation’s total funds now exceed $3,262,891 excluding unrealized gains on investments. In spite of a difficult year for income from our investment portfolio which will result in reduced grants next year, we are confident that our long-term grant awarding capacity will continue to improve in the future.

We are grateful to the Catholic community including the Archbishops, parishes, schools, health and human services agencies, businesses, the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus for their support of the annual Caritas Dinner.

I would also  like to sincerely thank our donors, all the agencies who do such good work in using the monies allocated to them. Thank you to our Directors and volunteers, and our Administrative Assistant Suzanne Molinski for all of their service on behalf of the Foundation over the past year.

Wilmar Chopyk

Our History

For over 50 years caring donors have supported Catholic values and works in Manitoba through gifts with us.

The Foundation was established in 1964 through the leadership of the Knights of Columbus and an initial donation of $10,000 from the Manitoba State Council. Since then, large and small bequests from various estates, along with ongoing donations from the Knights of Columbus State and local Councils, other organizations and hundreds of individual donors from all walks of life have helped to grow the Foundation’s capital funds through the years.

Except for nominal administrative costs, donations and fundraising activities have been directed to establish permanent capital endowments whose annual income is disbursed as grants in support of charitable religious, educational or service organizations whose activities are in keeping with the Catholic tradition.

The collective power of our caring donors’ thoughtful generosity has resulted in almost $1.5 million in grants being provided to date to charitable organizations whose service strengthens the influence of Catholic values in support of the common good in Manitoba. Click here for more detail (PDF)

In 1964 the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba is established through the leadership of the Knights of Columbus by an Act of Incorporation of the Manitoba Legislature.

A Committee formed by the Manitoba State Council of the Knights of Columbus helps establish the first Board of Directors and provides the first capital donation of $10,000.

In 1967 the first bequest ($10,000) is received from the estate of Leo Hervo, who with Leo Soenen, both from the Norwood Council of the Knights of Columbus, brought forward the idea of starting the Catholic Foundation as a Centennial project to the State Council.

In 1968, the Foundation disbursed its first grants.

In 1971, a larger bequest of $63,306 is received from the estate of Ellen McIsaac.

In 1972, the first designated fund, “the Friends of St. Paul’s” fund, in support of St. Paul’s High School grows to over $12,000.

In 1974, the total of all capital (endowment) funds reaches over $100,000.

In 1979, the first annual Caritas Award Dinner (honouring Archbishop Philip F. Pocock – the second Archbishop of Winnipeg) is held to grow the Foundation’s General Fund.

In 1980, a bequest of $18,295 is received from the estate of Maria Horatshcek.

In 1981, the annual grants disbursed exceeded $10,000 for the first time.

In 1982, new donations in excess of $53,000 from the Knights of Columbus who undertook to significantly increase the capital of the Foundation. Regular annual donations continue since.

In 1984, a bequest of $11,032 is received from the estate of founding Knights of Columbus member Leo Soenen.

In 1984, the total of all capital funds reaches over $250,000.

In 1985, the proceeds of the Caritas Dinner began to be applied to the Revenue Fund in support of the operating costs of the Foundation and maximize funds available for grants.

In 1991, the Knights of Columbus designated fund reaches $100,000 and a resolution at the State Convention is approved to raise a further $100,000.

In 1992, a donation of $10,000 from Geraldine O’Grady.

In 1992, a significant bequest of $150,015 is received from the estate of Adelina Costigan

In 1993, the annual grants disbursed exceeded $30,000 for the first time.

In 1994, with contributions from the Knights of Columbus and many individual donors the Interdiocesan Religious Training Fund, also known as the Stangl Fund was established.

In 1994, the total of all capitals funds reaches over $500,000.

In 1995, a bequest of $12,287 is received from the estate of Dorothy McDonald.

In 1996, an ex officio liaison Board Director position is established for the State Deputy (or his delegate) of the Knights of Columbus Manitoba State Council. A liaison Board position is similarly established for the Catholic Women’s League.

In 1997, a bequest of $10,000 is received from the estate of Stella English.

In 1998, a bequest of $8,342 is received from the estate of John Lindsay.

In 1999, a bequest of $10,000 is received from the estate of Mollie English.

In 1999, an initial donation of $25,000 establishes the Pangman Fund.

In 2001, a bequest of $20,000 in support of the Pangman Fund is received from the estate of Jeanne Labous.

In 2001, a transfer of over $200,000 establishes the Fr. Gorieu Fund.

In 2002, a donation of $39,000 establishes the Monsignor Empson fund.

In 2002, the annual grants disbursed exceeded $50,000 for the first time.

In 2004, a bequest of $20,402 is received from the estate of Bernadette Russell.

In 2004, the total of all capital funds reaches over $1,000,000.

In 2006, a bequest of $10,000 is received from the estate of Charles Bucket.

In 2007, a bequest of 39,036 is received from the estate of Suzanne Cancade.

In 2008, the Harapiak Fund is established with a $10,000 bequest from the estate of Carol Harapiak.

In 2009, after establishing an updated Investment Policy the prior year, Cardinal Capital was selected by a competitive RFP process as Investment Manager for the Foundation.

In 2009, total grants paid since inception exceeds $1,000,000.

In 2010, the proceeds of the Knights of Columbus life insurance policy of Adrian Van Aert ($26,067) are donated.

In 2010, a major gift of $272,500 is received as a result of the Institutional Buying Agency dissolution.

In 2012, the Wyrzykowski Fund is established with a bequest of $30,000 from the estate of Evelyn Wyrzykowski.

In 2012, the second installment of a very large bequest of $466,720 was received from the estate of Terrence O’Connell establishing the O’Connell Fund in support of St. Ignatius School.

In 2013, a bequest of $10,720 from the estate of Joseph Goss.

In 2013, the annual grants disbursed exceeded $70,000 for the first time.

In 2014, a bequest of $10,000 from the estate of Joseph Stangl in support of the Stangl Fund.

In 2014, a bequest of $76,881 from the estate of Aurore Bonneau in support of the Pangman Fund.

In 2014, the total of all capital funds reaches over $2,500,000.

In 2015, the proceeds of the Knights of Columbus Life Insurance policy of Maryann Gebel ($12,947) are donated.

In 2015, a bequest of $12,000 from the estate of Armand Taillieu.

In 2015, the annual grants disbursed exceeded $100,000 for the first time.

In 2015-16, a bequest totaling $466,552 from the estate of Molly McLennan establishing the McLennan fund in support of St. Ignatius Parish.

In 2016, the total of all capital funds reaches over $3,000,000.

In 2017, total grants paid since inception exceeds $1,500,000.