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Brandon, MB. – Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) students from Crocus Plains High School, École secondaire Neelin High School, Elton Collegiate and Vincent Massey High School have distributed grants totaling $10,000 to 21 local charities.

The YIP grant presentation evening was to take place on Tuesday May 11th, hosted by the École secondaire Neelin High School YIP students. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions,  Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) had to cancel this year’s granting evening. All grant recipients will receive their grant money via mail.

The YIP program is a BACF program designed to introduce motivated youth to philanthropy and local community development.  This program gives the students a hands-on experience working as a team and with local charitable organizations to help our communities thrive.

Each September, schools form their YIP committees.  Each committee receives grant monies from BACF and the United Way of Brandon & District, to grant to charities in our community.  The students research non-profit organizations that meet the BACF granting criteria and learn more about them by  interviewing the people who work there.

“The students really get a sense of how important non-profit organizations are in our community and how important the YIP grants can be to their programs or specific projects,” states Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director of BACF “These students are incredible. They take their role of decision making very seriously, making sure their grants will make an impact for the organizations they choose. I hope their experience with the YIP program inspires them throughout their lives.”

Over the past 17 years, YIP students have awarded $167,000.00 in grants to numerous non-profit organizations throughout Brandon and the Westman area.  For a listing of 2021 YIP grant recipients visit www.bacf.ca


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.

Mission Statement: Serving the communities of southwestern Manitoba by maintaining and administering a permanent endowment fund aimed at strengthening and improving the quality of life, today and into the future.

For more information contact:                              

Laura Kempthorne

BACF Executive Director