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Power of the Purse 2022

The 2022 Power of the Purse Brunch was held virtually but that did not stop 100 women from participating and viewing presentations from 3 organizations. $10,100 was granted as follows:  500 Stephen Street – $2,963 for a new outdoor patio, Small Wonders Nursery School – $3,538 for toys and Pembina Counselling – $3,599 for senior counselling services. Congratulations to these three excellent charities for their hard work within the community. Brunch was coordinated by Sheri-Lynn Duncan and committee. The brunch was prepared by Chef Owen Klippenstein at Homestead South and participants enjoyed a chicken ranch wrap, olive and cheese skewer, fresh fruit, and Bubly. Cookies were prepared by Legends Bakery and sponsored by GBH.

Special thank you to the 2022 partnership sponsors:  Access Credit Union, Dr. Randy and Karla Warkentin, Menzies Medical Clinic, Focal Point, MMJS Law Office, Shelly Buhr Reflexology, Linda Duncan, Sheri-Lynn Duncan, Gilmour, Braul, Hiebert Law Office, and Morden Nurseries.



2021 Grants

Genesis House 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

2020 Grants

Youth For Christ, Dignity Bags for Teen Girls $4,105
South Central Regional Library, Tablets for Seniors Digital Literacy Program $3,149
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

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, 13-379 Stephen Street, Morden MB R6M 0G8
  • 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, Community Foundations Coordinator, with questions, at 204-822-5614 or info@mordenfoundation.ca.


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

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