Power of the Purse

Our goal is to create a lasting legacy that will provide funds for local charities.

Power of the Purse Granting Guidelines


The mission of the Morden Area Foundation Power of the Purse is to engage women of all generations and children in the power of community philanthropy. Our goal is to create a lasting legacy that will provide funds for local charities already at work in our community, and to encourage the birth and growth of new initiatives that target emerging needs of women and children.

Grant Guidelines

The Morden Area Foundation Power of the Purse grants program assists a wide range of organizations, whose projects and/or programs benefit women and children.

The purpose of the program is to provide one-year grants to non-profit organizations that provide services in Morden and area. Grant funds may be used for direct costs related to projects/programs, such as but not limited to personnel, equipment, materials and supplies, and administration.

In addition, the following eligibility requirements apply:

  • Applicant must be a registered charitable organization providing services in Morden and area.
  • Grant funds must be used to provide services in Morden and area.
  • Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
  • Grant requests are for one year only.
  • Grant requests must be for a project/program that supports women, children and/or families.
  • As per the guidelines of the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) we are pleased to grant funds to faith based organizations provided that the programs are of benefit to the broader community.
  • Previous Power of the Purse grant recipients must complete and submit a final grant report for any and all previously received Power of the Purse grants to be eligible to apply in the current grant cycle.
  • If a previous Power of the Purse grant recipient has been awarded a Power of the Purse grant for two previous consecutive years, the recipient must wait two years before applying for another Power of the Purse grant.

Additional Information

Eligible applicants receiving a grant award from the Power of the Purse may only use grant funds for charitable purposes as stated in the proposal. The Morden Area Foundation will administer grant funds on behalf of the Power of the Purse. MAF has the authority to withhold and/or recover grant funds, if at any time grant funds are misused. MAF will investigate allegations of improper use of grant funds for the private benefit of donor-advisors. Each grantee must enter into an agreement with MAF and must submit a financial and narrative report at the conclusion of the project.

Deadline Applications must be RECEIVED by 5pm on September 30th of each year.

Applications may be submitted via email, postal mail, or personal delivery. Faxed proposals will not be accepted. Grant applications will be collected and administered by the MAF on behalf of the WGC.

Postal Address: Morden Area Foundation, Box 50049, Morden, MB R6M 1V1
Email Address: info@mordenfoundation.ca

Application Requirements Each applicant shall submit an application packet consisting of one copy of each of the following:

  • Cover letter on organization letterhead, signed by the Executive Director (limited to one page)
  • Completed Grant Application – includes Cover Page, Proposal Form, your Budget as per your request, and your organization’s current Financial Statements
  • Organization’s registered charity number
  • List of organization’s Board Members and Executive Staff
  • Organizations current annual operating budget, including expenses and revenues.
  • Organizations may contact Lynda D. Lambert, MAF Executive Director, with questions, at 204-822-5614 or info@mordenfoundation.ca.



The 6th Annual Power of the Purse Brunch was held virtually in 2021. 104 ladies attended a Zoom call that featured live presentations from two local charities. Attendees enjoyed a free brunch in the comfort of their homes, prepared by Owen Klippenstein at the City of Morden, and granted a total of $10,400 as follows:

Genesis House – project with the Pembina Valley Humane Society and Morden Veterinary Clinic for client pet care $5,840

Many Hands Resource – new director to coordinate volunteers, programs, and new ventures $4,560

Special thank you to the 2021 partnership sponsors: Access Credit Union, Dr. Randy and Karla Warkentin, Focal Point, Shelly Buhr Reflexology, Menzies Medical Clinic, Morden Nurseries, MMJS Law Office, Gallery Wealth Management, Linda Duncan, Barnswallow Quilters.

2023 Grants

2022 Grants

2021 Grants

Genesis House, Project with the Pembina Valley Humane Society and Morden Veterinary Clinic for Client Pet Care

Many Hands Resource, New Director to Coordinate Volunteers, Programs, and New Ventures

2020 Grants

Youth For Christ, Dignity Bags for Teen Girls

South Central Regional Library, Tablets for Seniors Digital Literacy Program

MAF Power of the Purse Endowment Fund $3,286

2019 Grants

Habitat for Humanity, Project: New Home Build in Morden $5,089.99

Pembina Valley Pregnancy Centre, Project: Steps in Hope Infant Grief Program $3,064.01

Genesis House, Project: Caring Men’s Program $4,105.00

2018 Grants

South Central Cancer Resource, Project: Free Headwear for Clients $4,540

Pembina Hills Arts Centre, Project: Free Creative Play Program $2,254

City of Morden, Project: Mental Health Week $3,756

2017 Grants

Pembina Valley Child Care Centre, Project: Baby Room Equipment for New Daycare $2,683.27

Agassiz Medical Clinic Community Board, Project: Teen Clinic $3,208.27

Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba, Project: Minds in Motion Program $4,108.46

2016 Grants

Parent Child Resource Centre, Project: Facilitator $4,000

South Central Cancer Resource, Project: Skin Screening Clinic $3,000

Genesis House, Project: Dining Table for 16 $3,000

Members of the Women’s Giving Circle 2013

Carmen Allen
Audrey Armstrong
Lorna Barclay
Julia Barclay
Donna Barnet

Lucille Bell
Jeanette Bergmann
Phyllis Binda
Lenora Bollenbach
Sandy Bollenbach

Sharon Bollenbach
Stephanie Bolt
Edith Brunn
Bonnie Buhler
Aimee Cadieux
Jean Chamberlain

Karen Chezick
Sally Chubey
Norma Collins
Cathy Cramer
Evelyn Currie

Grace Dalke
Cheryl Digby
Cathy Dudgeon
Jackie Dudgeon Murphy
Della Duncan
Lisa Dyck

Karen Dyck
Sylvia Dyck
Joyce Ehnes
Fran Einarson
Catherine Evenson
Linda Falk

Grace Fehr
Janie Fehr
Margaret Fehr
Heather Francis
Esther Fransen
Shelley Friesen

Max Friesen
Ingrid Friesen
Monica Friesen
Vera Froese
Veronica Frost
Monique Gauthier

Tabitha Gervais
Pat Gibson
Lindsay Guenther
Rosemarie Haggerty
Jill Halstead

Denise Hartry
Gail Hartry
Crystal Henderson
Janis Henderson
Judy Hiebert

Carol Hildebrand
Erika Hildebrand
Laura Hildebrand
Sherry Hildebrand
Tiina Hildebrand

Anne Hoeppner
Linda Hoeppner
Christine Hoeschen
Shannon Holenski
Barbara Holliston

Carol Holmes
Glenda Holod
Laraine Hunt
Ruth Isaac
Elaine Ivey
Pam Jackson

Thelma Jamieson
Carol Jones
Rebecca Kehler
Linda Kirk
Sherry Klassen
Brenda Klassen

Marlene Kroeker
Dianne Lambert
Lynda Lambert-MacLean
Amy-Jean MacLean

Lenore Laverty
Sandra Lawrence
Jan Leishman
Audrey Loewen
Debra Loewen

Edith Lovatt
Donna Lumgair
Lee Lumgair Linda Marek
Laura Matychuk

Myrna Mayor
Doris Maynard
Kathryn Menzies
Mary Miller
Susan Nelson

Kathryn Newsom
Lynda Oakes
Nancy Penner
Gloria Penner
Suzanne C. Powell

Monique Rampton
Deanne Reichert
Linda Reimer
Dawn Rigaux

Kathy Ritchie
Agnew Roch
Elli Roehm
Betty Sager
Oddney Sager
Betty Sawatzky

Carole Schofield
Lynda Schroeder
Mary Schroeder
Glenda Schwarz
Shauna Sheldon

Shirl Shore
Ivadell Sigurdson
Marilyn Skubovius
Doreen Smith
Karen Street

Tami Thiessen
Marleen Thompson
Carol Toews
Carol Unger
Grace Warkentin

Linda Warkentin
Karla Warkentin
Dawn Watkins
Pamela Weiss
Barbara Westfall

Valerie White
Avaline Widmer
Annemarie Wiebe
Merley Wiebe
Jodie Wilkinson

Lori Willcocks
Ellen Williams
Arlene Wiwchar
Karen Wowk

Jeanette Zacharias
Lisa Zaretzky
Valerie Zwarich

(List updated Dec 21/2015)

Women’s Giving Circle donations in memory of:

Patricia Esler
Elsie Isaac
Alice Krahn
Carol Wood
Brenda Bergen

Mildred Nichol
Sigurveig Lambert
Amy Doskoch
Ruth Mitchell
Esther Friesen

Friends of the Women’s Giving Circle

Muriel Derksen
Helen Falk
Peggy Krause

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
– Maya Angelou