How to Donate


Phone: 204-822-5614

379 Stephen Street

PO Box 50049, Morden, MB

R6M 1V1


About the Morden Area Foundation:

The Morden Area Foundation (the Foundation) was established in 1993 for the purposes of establishing permanent endowment funds and distributing the income for the long-term benefit of the community.  The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of our community life by funding local projects that address social, health, heritage, sport, recreational, art and culture, child welfare, youth development, family well-being, educational and environmental needs and priorities in Morden and the surrounding area.

The Foundation is funded by many donors, from all walks of life, gifts range from a few to thousands of dollars.  These gifts are invested in a capital fund with only the income from the investments being used for grants, which assist a wide variety of local initiatives.  Donations to the Community Foundation will serve the entire community year after year, for good, forever.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteer members of the community who serve for four years and is supported by a part-time executive director.  The Board evaluates each grant application and distributes grants to those projects they feel will most benefit the area.

Formal Requirements:

Grants are made to projects or programs that are delivered in or significantly positively impact the City of Morden and the surrounding area (R.M. of Stanley).  Grants are made to Canada Revenue Agency (CCRA) registered charities or other qualified donees under The Income Tax Act (Canada).

Non-profit organizations that do not have a charitable registration number can be sponsored by a registered charity.  It is a requirement that the non-profit organization and the registered charity have a written agreement that formalizes the relationship between the two that meets CRA requirements.  The application must be made by the registered charity and include a confirmation of the written agreement.

The Morden Area Foundation grants will generally NOT fund:

  • Endowment funds with other organizations
  • Core ongoing operating expenses
  • Fundraising events
  • Retroactive expenses
  • Debt retirement or cover deficits
  • Individuals
  • Direct religious activities

Evaluation Criteria for Grant Applications

The Foundation gives preference to projects and programs where a moderate amount of grant money will have a significant impact.  Successful grant proposals are ideally characterized by a well-planned approach, evidence of community support, efficient use of resources, ability to serve a need in the community, collaboration, volunteer participation and citizen involvement.  In order to utilize the resources of the Foundation for maximum community benefit, each grant application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. The project should build on the strengths of the community to respond to identified needs and priorities.
  2. The applicant organization must demonstrate responsible financial and legal accountability.
  3. The project must be undertaken by organizations that are well governed and managed.
  4. The project must be realistic and within the capacity of the applicant to carry out.
  5. The project should not duplicate existing services, or if so, demonstrate why the overlap is warranted.
  6. The applicant should provide evidence of collaboration with other agencies.
  7. The project or applicant should include evidence of support from other funding sources or the broader community. If partnering with another organization in this application, then please include a letter of support from that organization.
  8. The project or applicant should demonstrate a reasonable probability of ongoing support from other funding sources in the future, or clearly indicate that the project is intended to continue for a limited time span or is a discrete project/purpose for which all costs have been disclosed on the application.
  9. The project must be located in or of a direct benefit to the residents of Morden and the surrounding area.
  10. Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
  11. Pilot or demonstration projects must include provision for an evaluation (measure of success) and a realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage.
  12. The applicant should disclose if they have applied to the Foundation previously, and if so, the amount of previous grants awarded and the dates they were received.
  13. Preference is given to projects which:
  14. encourage more efficient use of community resources;
  15. expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems;
  16. address the underlying causes of problems in our community rather than dealing only with the symptoms;
  17. are developed in consultation with other agencies and planning groups and those which promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicate services;
  18. promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community;
  19. demonstrate evidence of community support and organization initiative;
  20. support segments, issues or needs of the community that have not recently received funding from the Foundation;
  21. are deemed by the Board to be of high value, impact or importance to the community.

Grant Application Guidelines and Processes:

  1. Grant application deadlines are once per year: October 1st.  Social Impact Investing, or social impact / leveraged flow through fund grants (as described below) will be considered on a case by case basis as they arise and are not subject to these deadlines.
  2. Grants shall be in the prescribed form, are available on our website and shall include:
  • Name and contact information for the organization/project
  • Charitable registration number or letter accompanied by a written agreement from the sponsoring registered charity
  • Basic information describing the organization and its management i.e.) members of the current board and executive director
  • Financial information, including financial statements and/or current budget for the organization and for the project should be available on request. They do not have to be attached to the application.
  • Complete description of the project including a statement as to the community need, issue, or segment that will benefit by the project, how the project will be supported by the community or vice versa, the importance of and need for the project, any expected measurable outcomes for the project, and should highlight innovation and collaboration with other community partners.
  • Total project cost and amount of funds requested from the Foundation
  • Date funds are required by
  • How the Applicant will recognize the Foundation’s support
  • Authorized signature
  1. The Foundation will review all qualified applications received based upon their merit in relation to the grant criteria listed in this policy and funds available for distribution. The Directors of the Board may request additional information if deemed necessary, conduct interviews of representatives of the applicant, consider such other information as the Directors may consider reasonable, and may set terms and conditions on any grants awarded.
  2. The Board of Directors shall have the final decision in awarding grants. Approval of grants will be by way of motion carried by the Board.
  3. All changes to a project or application after the Foundation has approved a grant must be brought back to the Board for re-approval.
  4. Proof of expenditures must be provided to the Foundation for grants awarded before payment of the grant.
  5. Applicants will have one year from the date they receive notification that their application has been approved by the Foundation to submit their fund request (along with proof of expenditures). Should the grant not be used within the one-year time limit, the applicant may make a written request for an extension of time.  The extension is subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.  Failure to either use the grant or request an extension within the one-year time limit will result in the grant lapsing.  Lapsed grants will become available for distribution at the next grant application deadline.
  6. Successful applicants will be notified by the Foundation.
  7. All successful applications will be required to submit a Final Impact Report upon completion of the project with a deadline of November 30 of the following year. The Final Report should contain the following elements:  a final budget detailing project revenues and expenditures, a press-ready story and photographs demonstrating the project impact, and samples of any public recognition of the Morden Area Foundation grant.
  8. In order to enhance the benefit of the grant to the recipient organization and other community groups, the final project evaluation will involve analyzing the measurable outcomes set during project planning and should include a determination of what the project organizers would keep the same, what they would change for future projects.  Such reflections may uncover useful learnings about how the project evolved over time and the reasons for the change which may be used to improve future projects and organizations through the development of best practices.

The Foundation Board has the authority to withhold or recover grant funds misused or misapplied and has an obligation to investigate allegations of misuse, misallocation or misconduct.

GRANTS AWARDED – see more under “Stories” tab

The Morden Area Foundation responds to needs identified by local registered charities through a granting process. Local charities can apply for funding in fall.  Deadline is September 30.  Interviews are held in October.  Decisions are made in November and presentations are generally made at the December Christmas Party. The Foundation’s board of directors reviews the applications and awards the available funds to projects that exhibit need, innovation, and benefit to a wide segment of the Morden and area population.

Through this process the interest earned on your donations helps a wide variety of causes. Since our inception in 1993, more than $1,000,000 has been distributed to support projects in the areas of:

  • Community service
  • Education
  • Health
  • Recreation and sport
  • Arts and culture
  • Seniors, adults, youth, children.

Recent Grants

Partnership grows!

The Grade 3’s at the Minnewasta School had a good idea that grew into something more for local fury friends.

The Grade 3’s held a bake sale and raised $257.65. They were going to donate the monies directly to the Pembina Valley Humane Society (PVHS) but decided to partner with the Morden Area Foundation to create an even larger grant to the PVHS for the much needed new cat and dog beds at the shelter.

Students Mia Brass and Austin Dyck made a presentation to the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) as to why they wanted to donate to the PVHS. The Grade 3’s had gone to a lot of great work learning about non-profits, choosing a local non-profit organization to donate to, making a plan on how to raise monies, and then completing the plan. The MAF Board was so impressed by their work, the Board chose to team up with the Grade 3’s by offering a matching grant for $257. Together the Grade 3’s and the MAF granted $514 to the PVHS.

Congratulations Pembina Valley Humane Society! Thank you for your continued hard work in taking care of Morden and area’s fury friends. And thank you Minnewasta School Grade 3 students for the opportunity to partner with you in the wonderful project.

Morden Fire & Rescue – $6,950.59

Fire & Rescue Boat 2015Thanks to a couple of large donations from Enbridge and the Morden Area Foundation, Morden Fire and Rescue has been able to add a rescue boat to its fleet of emergency vehicles.

The boat is to be used on Lake Minnewasta but can also be accessed within the mutual aid district.   “We hope we never use it for saving a life … we want to wear it out training” says Fire Chief Andy Thiessen.  “We’ve had a number of instances over the years where we’ve been fortunate enough to obtain a boat that’s already on the water, but that’s not something that we can depend on.”  He added “now this is something we can depend on that we can use for rescue purposes.”

Morden Services for Seniors – $1,000

The Morden Area Foundation teams up with the Morden Services for Seniors to purchase a much needed new stove.  This project was a joint effort involving donations from local seniors plus $1,000 from the MAF.  “This project was very exciting to see it come together with the help of so many” says Karen Dyck, Resource Coordinator for the Morden Services for Seniors.  “This new stove replaces our old stove of 20 years.  Hopefully this will last another 20 years”.  This new stove will certainly help with the meal program available for all seniors.  The congregate meal programs provide a full course, hot, nutritious meal served at noon Monday – Friday and available to all seniors for a nominal cost. Thank you once again to the generous community of Morden.

City of Morden – Recreation Department $16,720

morden_true_sport_signing 2015Morden can officially call itself a True Sport Community.

Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe and Morden Area Foundation Executive Director Lynda MacLean signed the pledge to adhere to the principals of a True Sport Community on Wednesday.

The Morden Area Foundation partnered with The True Sport Foundation to grant the City of Morden in the amount of $32,000 to be used toward sporting needs identified by the community. In a community focus group the projects selected for funding included: baseball diamond repairs or upgrades, mobile tennis and pickleball nets, as well as official and coaches clinics for a variety of sports.

“Partnering and working together with organizations is at the very core of the Morden Area Foundation. By leveraging MAF funds with True Sport funds, the MAF was able to grant with greater impact to the City of Morden. Now that’s exciting!,” shared MacLean. “The MAF looks forward to working on more projects like this to help build Morden and area into an even greater place to live and visit.”

Mayor Ken Wiebe says it’s part of the city’s mandate, to make Morden as healthy as possible.  True Sport Foundation is a series of programs designed to give communities and organizations the means to take advantage of the benefits of sport. Their goal is to make sure everyone’s sporting experience is based on fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun.

Morden is the 3361st Canadian community to join the True Sport Community.

Camp Bridges – $1,000

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 9.30.37 AMCamp Bridges is a special weekend camp held at the Pembina Valley Bible Camp. It provides a camping experience for children and teens between the ages of 7 – 17 who have experienced the recent death of someone significant in their lives.  Camp Bridges offers an opportunity for children and teens to express and learn to live with their grief through engaging in memorial activities and typical camp activities like archery, campfires, horseback riding, and wall climbing.

Morden Tabor Home – $50,000

The MAF is pleased to announce its best donation to date, a commitment of $50,000 towards the new Tabor Home and supportive housing units.  The grant will be paid out over a two year period, making a substantial contribution towards Tabor Home’s $3.9 million fundraising goal.

This ground-breaking facility will be built on a ten acre parcel of land along PTH3 west of the Homestead private assisted living complex. Together the two facilities will form a unique complex for seniors, the first of its kind in Manitoba. The new 100 bed Tabor Home will allow our community to better provide for those individuals who require long term care, keeping them close to family and friends who can offer them much needed support.

To learn more about the new Tabor Home and their fundraising drive, visit their website at

Morden Community Child Care Centre – $1,000

The MAF granted $1,000 towards an $11,000 project to replace shingles on the Morden Community Child Care Centre. Established in 1981, the Centre provides family oriented day care services for children ages 3 months to 12 years, and serves 150 families per month within the community. The MAF strives to help people of all ages through its grants. We are pleased to support children and young families through this initiative.

Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre – $300

Mothers, fathers, and children facing challenging times have long benefited from the library at the Pregnancy Care Centre. The Centre’s trained support workers have found that for some issues, clients prefer teaching through DVD’s which provide helpful information and speak about complex issues in simple terms.  This grant will assist them in updating some of their video resources which address prenatal preparation and fetal development, pregnancy options, and fatherhood, all key areas for the Centre’s programming.

With this donation the Pregnancy Care Centre’s clients can receive the best possible support and information during this difficult and often stressful time in their lives. Helping young people make good decisions with their pregnancies and into parenthood is important to long term health, well-being, and stable family relationships.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre – $830

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is one of Morden’s most significant tourism resources, as well as a centre for scientific activity. The Foundation is pleased to partner with the United Way and the Morden Thrift Shop to help the Centre upgrade their classroom facilities. As Foundation board member Ron Westfall said, “When the Fossil Discovery Centre approached us to fund a share of the cost of needed improvements to their classroom, we were happy to oblige. We like to see that our funds can be a part of a cooperative effort.”

Within the museum is a dedicated classroom which is used throughout the year in partnership with schools, by the fossil day camp, and on a day to day basis by their young visitors. The funds were used to purchase tables and twenty-four stacking chairs. This worthwhile project will benefit the children and youth of our community and beyond for years to come.

Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium – $1,000

The fluid boundaries of environmental issues compel us to work beyond our usual geographic boundaries.  The visibly deteriorating quality of water in Lake Winnipeg, the world’s 10th largest freshwater lake, is a disturbing sign that the entire watershed is under stress. The MAF joined with other local foundations and the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) in making a second $1,000 grant to the Consortium to further its scientific study of the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

The Lake Winnipeg watershed is the second largest watershed in Canada. Morden is located within its 1,000,000 km2 area, home to five million people, which extends through four provinces and four U.S. States. The combined contributions of the local foundations and the CFC enabled the Consortium to capitalize on a matching government grant.

Thornhill Community Playground and Park – $3,000

Located just five miles west of Morden, the village of Thornhill is known for its friendly residents and country charm. When Theo Allen put in a request on behalf of the Thornhill Community Club for help with a new $20,000 community playground and park, the Foundation quickly jumped in with a $3,000 grant.

The funds were used to erect a fence, play structure, and provide picnic tables and benches. Thornhill now has a beautiful green space for community events and fellowship, as well as a place for residents to gather and visit.

South Central Regional Library – $1,000

In our fast paced world, we don’t always have time to sit down and read a book. Some of us struggle with reading, and others simply enjoy being read to. The MAF was pleased to assist the Morden Library in purchasing ten digital audio books. Plug in some headphones or link them to your stereo, and the book will be read to you.

The library has received over $15,000 in grants from the Foundation since 1995, and it has a dedicated fund within the foundation which anyone can donate to, providing future financial resources for the library as needs arise.

Morden Corn & Apple Festival – $2,749

Launched in 1967 as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations, the Corn & Apple Festival brings tens of thousands of people to Morden the fourth weekend in August to enjoy Morden’s friendly hospitality, free  corn and apple cider, as well as free entertainment, a midway, and countless other activities. The Corn & Apple Festival is a family event which caters to all age groups with a variety of wholesome entertainment in a relaxing atmosphere.

The influx of so many visitors every August brings opportunities and challenges, leading the MAF to grant $2,749 towards $4,749 in improvements for the portable public washrooms set up on Nelson Street. The improvements included replacing the paper towel dispensers with electric hand dryers and installing motion detector lights over the stairs in the entrances, providing a safer, more sanitary facility for guests and participants of the Festival.

Morden Fire & Police Rink Committee – $1,850

From December 1st to mid-March, the outdoor rink on the grounds of the Morden Courthouse is used every day. The grant for rink enhancements was spearheaded by Fire Chief Andy Thiessen and Constable Brent Menzies. The improvements included repairs to the boards and ice-cleaning tractor, providing a bench for lacking up skates, and new net near the bench to prevent skaters from getting pucks in the head while they lace up their skates.

The rink is used by groups of all ages and fosters a strong sense of community. Even when the temperatures hit  -30º with wind chill, you’ll find brave souls outside enjoying the facility. The Foundation board is proud to support projects like this, ones that make our citizens happier and healthier, and that continue to build a strong sense of community.


Boundary Trails Health Centre – $25,000

In 2008 the Foundation joined with local governments and other rural foundations in pledging $25,000 towards the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) for the Boundary Trails Health Centre.

This sophisticated $7,000,000 imager uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate pictures of the inside of the human body. Only the second MRI to be located outside of Winnipeg, it provides thousands of rural Manitobans with more convenient access to quality diagnostic services.

Pembina Valley Raptor Migration Project – $1,000

A Rocha, an international non-profit conservation organization, spearheaded the development of the Pembina Valley Raptor Migration Project. The project monitored Manitoba’s premiere spring raptor migration right here in the Pembina Valley, and in doing so promoted awareness and conservation of the biodiversity and habitat right in our own backyard.

This $32,000 project provided environmental education to local students and awareness to the public through the monitoring of raptors (birds of prey). It also brought economic benefits to Morden as visitors and project participants patronized local businesses enroute to the Pembina Valley. Recent spring bird counts include 8,000 sightings of the spring migrating Red-tailed Hawks, making the Pembina Valley North America’s top site for viewing these birds, as well as more than 1,000 Bald Eagles and 95 Golden Eagles, a Manitoba record.

Pembina Hills Arts Centre – $1,000

The Pembina Hills Arts Centre is dedicated to encouraging the growth and diversity of arts and culture for the 52,000 people who live in Morden and the surrounding area. More than 8,500 visitors come and visit the Centre every year, viewing the work of our talented local artists. The Foundation is pleased to provide $1,000 toward a new $4,800 art hanging system, one which makes the job of hanging and removing art exhibits much easier. The Arts Centre may be in a historical building, but their equipment is not!

Child Development Centre Outdoor Playground – $1,500

The Child Development Centre provides low cost, high quality day care for parents completing their high school education at the Morden Adult Learning Centre. Many of these students are unable to find or afford day care for their children, making the Child Development Centre an important part of their academic journey.

Until recently the Centre’s programs were limited to the use of their indoor facility, but now the children are able to enjoy a safe outdoor play space. The design features a play structure, tractor tire, canoe, and lots of greenery, as well as an area with tables for children who want to rest or participate in outdoor art activities. The Foundation provided $1,500 towards the cost of the fence. The total project cost was $6,500.

Since its inception in 1993, the Morden Area Foundation has granted funds to a broad range of organizations, touching the lives of every person in our community. Past grant recipients include:

Community Service

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Morden Caring & Sharing

Morden Community Day Care Centre

Morden Community Handivan

Morden Community Police Advisory Group

Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

Morden Firefighters Association

Morden 55+ Community Centre

Morden Legion Housing

Morden Millennium Committee

Morden Services for Seniors

Morden Toy Lending Library

Pembina Valley Humane Society

Pembina Valley Pregnancy Care Centre

Pembina Valley School Age Day Care

Royal Canadian Legion

Renew 2010

South Central Committee on Family Violence (Genesis House)

Tabor Home

Trainex Centre

Town of Morden Aquatic Spray Park

Town of Morden Skateboard Park

Well-Connected Manitoba

Youth for Christ

Youth in Philanthropy


A Rocha Canada

Busy Bee Nursery School

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Ecole Morden Middle School

Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium

Manitoba EcoNetwork

Maple Leaf Elementary School                 

Minnewasta Elementary School

Morden Collegiate

Morden Parent & Child Resource Centre

Segue Career Options

Small Wonders Community Nursery School

South Central Regional Library

Western School Division Welding Technology Centre



Agassiz Medical Centre

Alzheimer’s Society

Arthritis Support Group

Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation

Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care

Boundary Trails Dialysis Unit

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Canadian Red Cross

HIV AIDS Support Group

Healthy Minds

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

Morden Assisted Living

Morden Health Auxiliary

Morden Substance Abuse Committee

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Pembina Counselling Centre

Society for Depression and Manic Depression

South Central Cancer Resource

Recreation and sport

Camp Bridges


Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame

Miami Foundation (Miami Arena)

Morden Air Cadet Squadron

Morden Beach                  

Morden Bulldogs Softball Team

Morden Corn & Apple Festival

Morden Figure Skating

Morden Fire & Police (outdoor rink)

Morden Magic Gymnastics Club

Morden Minor Baseball

Morden Minor Hockey Association

Morden Mohawks Baseball

Morden Recreation Centre (Access Event Centre)

Pembina Valley Camp

Third Wave Triathlon Club

Thornhill Community Park

Town of Morden Flying Club

Town of Morden Friends of Fitness

Winkler Bible Camp


Arts and culture

Back 40 Folk Festival

Morden Historical Society

Pembina Hills Arts Council

Pembina Threshermen’s Museum