To serve 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.
Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) devotes our efforts and expertise to the work of charitable giving. BACF supports our community for two main reasons: its reach and flexibility.
Reach: BACF doesn’t just support one community charity, it has the ability to support them all!
Flexibility: BACF has the flexibility to change with the times and support projects that will provide for a better community, now and far into the future.
- Aggie Buhler
- Brian Cottom
- Bev Cumming
- Michelle Hood
- Harvey Laluk
- Bob Patterson
- Jaime Pugh-Clemmensen
- Dan Robertson
- Terri Roulette-McCartney
- Janet Shaw-Russell
- Hope Switzer
- Mayor Rick Chrest, ex officio
- Laura Kempthorne, General Manager
- Barbara Murray, Administrative Assistant
|Community Fund||A Community Fund (unrestricted) provides the foundation’s Board of Directors the flexibility to respond to current community needs and decide where the earnings can be used most effectively each year through provision of grants to registered charities. The Community Fund consists of donations, large, small, from a variety of sources-individuals, corporations and foundations.
This fund provides flexibility in responding to the ever changing needs in our community.
|Brockie Donovan Senior’s Care Legacy Fund||The Brockie Donovan Senior’s Care Legacy Fund is to offer support, assist and enhance the lives of seniors living in our community, bring awareness to projects and initiatives that impact change in the senior’s health and wellness system.
The fund will assist emerging needs for the well-being of seniors in the Brandon and Westman community.
|Dr. Barbara Bourassa Suzuki Music Program Fund||The Dr. Barbara Bourassa Memorial Fund was created specifically to promote and maintain the Suzuki music program in Western Manitoba. Their hope is that this fund will continue to grow so that many more will be able to experience the joy that Barb enjoyed when listening to all the children. With the help of the Brandon Area Community Foundation, their fundraising efforts have had a very successful start.|
|Women’s Fund||The Women’s Fund is an exciting way to create a lasting legacy. Women have chosen to honour special women in their lives or celebrate a memorable day by making a contribution to the fund. This is a collaborative effort between BACF and women donors to improve the quality of life for women in Brandon and throughout the Westman area.
The mission of this fund is to generate social change through women and girls.
|Rapid City Community Fund||The Rapid City and Area Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund under the wing of Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) and was established in 1999 by community minded individuals Gord and Diane Peters who made the initial $15,000 donation. In addition to this contribution, the fund also benefited from a $10,000 donation from Art and Shirley Peters and $ 5,000 from Cando Contracting.
The fund was established to insure that community projects in the Rapid City Area will have access to future funding as the donations are held in perpetuity. The funds are pooled with the professionally invested BACF funds to maximize returns. Income earned from the investments are then returned to the Rapid City Area in the form of grants for community projects. These projects are selected annually by a committee comprised of one donor at large and representatives from the RM of Saskatchewan and the Town of Rapid City.
|Caitlin Arksey Fund||This fund, in memory of a charismatic young lady, who died after a courageous battle with cancer on March 21, 2009. To honour Caitlin’s courage and spirit, her family established The Caitlin Arksey Fund.
Contributions by family and friends have made it possible to provide grants that provide meaningful and relatively barrier-free assistance to families at the time of the patient’s treatment.
|Norm Roziere Scholarship Fund||This scholarship is awarded to a student at the Manitoba Emergency Services College who embodies the qualities that Norm Roziere showed:
|Wayne Robertson and Family Legacy Fund||In his memory, the Robertson family has established this annual scholarship fund to be awarded to a graduating Brandon AAA Midget Player who, upon graduation from high school goes on to post-secondary education at the University, Community or Technical College level.|
|Brandon Festival of the Arts Designated Fund||The Brandon Festival of the Arts dates back to 1928, when the Brandon School Board founded the Western Manitoba Schools Music Competition Festival. Throughout the decades the Brandon Festival of the Arts has provided individuals the opportunity to participate in the performing arts at all levels. Many performers have gone on to make significant contributions to the arts, and many have also achieved international acclaim.
BACF would like to thank the Brandon Festival of the Arts board of directors for entrusting us as the stewards of their designated fund.
|Elgin Community Fund||This fund was established as part of the Elgin Centennial Homecoming celebrations in June 1999. Elgin district residents donate to this fund.|
|Nowatzki Family Fund||Nowatzki Family Fund will annually benefit the Brandon Public Library and was established by a giving family that wanted to give back to the community.|
Click here to see the recipient organizations.
|Western MB Seniors NonProfit Housing Co-op Ltd.||$4,100|
|Child & Family Services of Western MB||$3,000|
|Habitat for Humanity MB Brandon Chapter||$1,900|
|Artists in Healthcare MB, Inc.||$3,000|
|MB Auto Museum/Elkhorn Restoration Club||$10,000|
|Inglis Area Heritage Committee||$1,000|
|Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition||$2,200|
|Western MB Women’s Regional Resource Centre||$10,000|
|Bdn. Civic Senior Citizens Inc. (Prairie Oasis Senior Centre)||$2,000|
|Brandon Festival of the Arts||$1,000|
|United Way of Brandon||$7,000|
|Crohns & Colitis||$3,000|
|YWCA-finish reno of 21 residential rooms||$15,000|
$6,000 Donation – One evening at an Air Hockey Tournament
While attending a conference in Toronto, Brett McGregor, President of Guild Insurance Brokers was the winner of an air hockey tournament that finished with a $6,000 donation to the Neil Andrews Fund with BACF! “I chose the Brandon Area Community Foundation Neil Andrews Fund as Neil was part of the insurance group before his death and many members in attendance knew Neil personally so this was a good fit” Brett stated. The evening started with participants donating $1,000 to the winner’s charity of choice then conference attendees contributed an additional $1,500 cash to be donated to the Neil Andrews Fund if Brett won bringing the donation to $2,500. Guild Insurance matched the conference donation with an additional $2,500, and then Incite Performance Group added $1,000 bring the grand total of the donation to $6,000 in memory of Neil.
Gord & Diane Peters Family Fund
In 2009, the Brandon Area Community Foundation received an amazing gift from Gord and Diane Peters, $1 million dollars of shares they personally owned in Cando Rail Services. Seven years later, from the initial gift $1,195,248 has been granted to various community projects with the remaining shares at the end of 2016 valued at $1,472,753.
Murrays Driven to Give Back
Inspired by the work of Samaritan House Ministries, lifelong Brandonite and community booster Mildred Murray led the charge in Murray Auto Group’s latest philanthropic endeavor. The group, Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Westman donated a $250,000 contribution for upgrades at Samaritan House through the Murray Auto Group Fund as well as Laurie and Doug Murray and Mildred Murray.