There’s never been a better time to help your community! The Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge is your opportunity to help your community grow in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba by making a gift between Nov. 15 – 21 as part of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge. For this week only, each $5 gift you make becomes $7!  The Winnipeg Foundation will stretch each $5 gift made to the BACF Community Fund with $1.

Gifts made to BACF COMMUNITY FUND between November 15-21 will be “stretched” through the combined efforts of the Manitoba government and The Winnipeg Foundation. For every $5 donated, they will “stretch” that donation by $1 each, up to a combined total of $6,000 per foundation. So your $5 gift instantly becomes $8 for your community!

Online gifts can be made securely through endowMB.org or contact BACF.


2020 Annual Report Now Available

Read about what the Brandon Area Community Foundation has done in 2020, click here!





Over $1 million in community funding granted by the

Brandon Area Community Foundation in 2020.

Despite the challenges of 2020 the Brandon Area Community Foundation granted a record breaking $1,052,065 throughout the year. The foundation supports all aspects of life in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba making grants to a wide variety of worthy causes.

Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director BACF said “The annual grants provided by our funds and donors, have hopefully given our local charities room to breathe a little easier during this challenging time.  2020 was also the foundation’s 55th anniversary and although the year didn’t go as planned, BACF was able to provide more than $1 million in grants. This is a huge milestone for the foundation.”

The Brandon Area Community Foundation has given support to a number of projects across Southwestern Manitoba. These grants covered areas of arts & culture, environment, education, health & wellness and community activities throughout the Westman region.

The grants provided by BACF are possible thanks to generous gifts from local donors from all walks of life. Community foundations pool and endow (permanently invest) all gifts and the income earned supports a variety of projects within the foundation’s catchment area. The original contributions are never spent, ensuring a lasting legacy for donors and a permanent source of support for the community.

For a full listing of all grants distributed, 2020 Grants

New Fund Holders

Milne and Lischka Family Leader Legacy FundBrad and Carla Milne and Family

Brad & Carla Milne feel that they have been fortunate to live and work with some individuals who exemplified exceptional community leadership: People who recognized the importance of volunteerism through leadership and a calling to help others.

Carla’s father David Lischka was a cattle producer whose passion was in the agriculture industry where he volunteered in the local 4-H Beef Club, the Southwest Feeder Association and the local Vet Clinic. A true ambassador in his field. Mr. Lischka was a most talented, humble, and caring man. He raised his children and grandchildren to believe they could do anything they put their minds to.  He taught his family that they all have a responsibility to contribute to their communities and help their neighbors.    read more


We celebrate Manitoba Day this year by building for the future and sharing our funding for two projects!  Through the support of Build 150 presented by @richardsoninternational and @manitoba150, Brandon Area Community Foundation is proud to bring these legacy projects to life!  Build 150 provided matching funds for 240 projects across the province, including our very own Keystone Agricultural & Recreational Centre and Westman Dreams for Kids.

We celebrate Manitoba Day this year by building for the future!  We are so excited to announce the 240 legacy projects across the province made possible with 2.5 million in funding through BUILD150 with support from and Manitoba’s 55 community foundations.

See the full listing of the legacy projects at manitoba150.com.


The Brandon Area Community Foundation was established by an Act of Incorporation in 1965 and is currently a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, the national network for community foundations in Canada. The Foundation invests the contributions it receives in a perpetual endowment fund and uses the income earned to make grants to a wide range of charitable groups–grants that benefit our local communities in Southwestern Manitoba.