Brandon Area Community Foundation

24 Hour Giving Challenge is this
Saturday, November 18th, 2017

The perfect time to help our community grow!

Endow Manitoba 24-Hour Giving Challenge November 18th


Brandon Area Community Foundation encourages residents of Brandon and Southwestern MB to make a gift on November 18th as part of the Endow Manitoba 24-Hour Giving Challenge.


We also want to give you early notice of the following:

New this Year:  The Province of Manitoba will also be stretching dollars raised during the 24 Hour Giving Challenge, to a maximum of $2,000 per Community Foundation.

On that day only, The Winnipeg Foundation will stretch gifts made to the Community Fund. (For every $5 contributed, The Winnipeg Foundation will add $1 as well as The Province of Manitoba, i.e.: meaning $2) Online gifts can be made securely through Contact Brandon Area Community Foundation for more giving options.

“This is a great opportunity to support Brandon Area Community Foundation,” says General Manager Laura Kempthorne of Brandon Area Community Foundation. “Of course, we welcome gifts at any time, but giving on November 18th will help our foundation and means extra support. We’re so excited to see what our community can accomplish!”

Gifts made on November 18th will help grow Brandon Area Community Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in Brandon and Southwestern Manitoba for generations to come.

Donations to a community foundation are pooled and permanently invested. Gifts are never spent and the money will always stay in the community. Every year, these investments generate money that is distributed to support local charitable needs. Community foundations provide support that lasts forever.

With 54 community foundations, Manitoba is home to more of these organizations than any other area of the country. Every year, these foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects. They help ensure our hometowns are vibrant and thriving. For more information, or to find the community foundation nearest you, visit

For more information, contact: Laura at, 204-571-0529 or visit

   Brandon Area Community Foundation would like to congratulate the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba who were awarded a $10,000.00 grant for their Canada 150 Project!




2017 is a year for celebration. Our entire country is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, the City of Brandon is celebrating 135 years of existence and the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba will light 110 candles on their birthday cake this year.

To mark these milestone events, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM) is expanding by launching new exhibition space with the help of the Brandon Area Community Foundation. In addition to the main gallery and the community gallery, the AGSM will now have an outdoor exhibition space on the corner of 7th Street and Rosser Avenue in downtown Brandon.

BACF partnered with

Camp Wannakumbac

for their facility  renovation.

Brandon Area Community Foundation matched $12,000 in donations.

Brandon Area Community Foundation awarded their first Canada 150 Grant to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra!


  WSO  $12,000.00  GRANT

We all know how powerful music can be. Certain songs can instantly lift your spirits and yet others can leave you with a feeling of melancholy.

As well, exposure to different genres can have an everlasting effect on your future, especially if you have the opportunity to explore various styles at a young age. And, that’s precisely why the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) offers a yearly concert series for students in grades four to six.

The Adventures in Music series presented by the WSO to schools throughout Manitoba is an opportunity for students to experience music in a way that may otherwise not be possible.

“For many students it will be the first time going to a concert and for some it may be the only time they get to go. Music is a really important aspect of life. It transmits culture and is a really beautiful way to give a student an experience they might not otherwise have,” said Lindsay Woolgar, WSO Education Programs Coordinator.

Two concerts took place in Brandon on May 16 with 25 schools from the Westman Region attending. The WSO has been offering the Adventures in Music program for over 20 years. The program is supported in part by the Canada 150 Grant allocated through the Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF).

“It would have been difficult to make this happen without the funding we’ve received; we definitely appreciate the support of the BACF. It’s expensive to bring an entire orchestra to Brandon, but it’s important for us to ensure that the students in the Westman region get this experience,” said Woolgar.

The funding for the concert series was made possible as a result of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. The fund is collaboration between BACF and the Government of Canada.

“In total, $33,000.00 will be awarded to four Canada 150 community projects in Brandon,” said Laura Kempthorne, BACF General Manager. “We were pleased to be able to support this year’s Adventures in Music program organized by the WSO, what a great fun way to learn about our Canadian heritage through music.”

As the theme of this year’s concert series is to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the concert fit well with the criteria of the grant. The program consists of all Canadian repertoires with music from all over Canada, representing different cultures.

According to Woolgar, WSO resident conductor Julian Tellicano plays a big role in the concert series and puts a lot of time and effort into the project. Nearly the entire orchestra, consisting of 67 musicians, will perform for Westman students. The pieces were carefully chosen with the students’ enjoyment in mind.

In addition, students from nine different schools will have the opportunity to perform with the professional orchestra in chorale, percussion, recorder or string ensembles.

Shannon Graham, a music teacher at J.R. Reid School, has been involving her music students in the Adventures in Music program for the past 16 years. This year, 25 choir students in grades four to six, have been working on the concert material for the last three months and will perform with the WSO during the afternoon concert in Brandon.

“These concerts provide such a valuable experience for the students to learn the orchestral instruments and repertoire. Being part of an audience or on stage with a live orchestra is thrilling,” said Graham.

“It’s unique to have the students perform with the orchestra like this. For many kids it will be a very powerful experience,” said Woolgar.

 The BACF was established in 1965. Providing support to outreach programs such as this, where student’s lives can be enriched through music, meets the goals and mission of the organization which is to strengthen and improve the quality of life for people in the communities in which it serves.


This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th; a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the extraordinary leaders in our community.

With your support we were able to grant $585,193.00

to Brandon and Southwestern MB community projects!

News and Events

Welcome to our 2nd Year 100 Women Who Care Brandon & Area!

Next meeting – November 27th 2017

2017 Youth In Philanthropy

“Youth in Philanthropy” Grants Presentation, May 24th, 2017…. Brandon Area Community Foundation and United Way of Brandon & District fund the Youth in Philanthropy program through Elton Collegiate, Crocus Plains High School, Vincent Massey High School and Neelin High School.