Power of the Purse

How to Donate


Phone: 204-822-5614

379 Stephen Street

PO Box 50049, Morden, MB

R6M 1V1

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.

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

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.


 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