About the Event

The impact of philanthropy in Manitoba is profound

As fundraising professionals, we join together to promote thoughtful and effective philanthropy in our province. One way we demonstrate the impact of our important work is through celebrating National Philanthropy Day by presenting the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards. 

The wonderful stories of our recipients allow us to share the power of philanthropy to our community and to recognize them for their time, commitment and passion for their cause.

Nomination forms for the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2019 Manitoba Philanthropy Awards Honourees! 
Recipients will receive their award on November 15, 2019 at the annual National Philanthropy Day celebration. Click each honourees name to learn more about what makes them outstanding. 

Marsha Cowan, Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Children's Hospital Guild of Manitoba, Outstanding Service Group

Manitoba Pork Council, Outstanding Contributions to Philanthropy (under 100 employees)

Johnston Group, Outstanding Contributions to Philanthropy (over 100 employees)

Jim Gauthier, Outstanding Philanthropist

Paige Procter, Emerging Leader in Philanthropy

Attending the event? Here are some tips for the day of:
🎟️ This is a ticket-less event. There will be a check-in table with your name(s) and table number.
🥂 A pre-lunch reception will begin at 11 A.M. The lunch and awards will follow at 12 P.M. (noon) and are anticipated to close at 2 P.M.
🗺️ The pre-lunch reception will take place in the East Concourse Lobby of the north building. Lunch will be held in Meeting Room 1 and 2. A map of the building can be found on the RBC Convention Centre website by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2CwbHIs
🚗 The RBC Convention Centre has two parkades - the original two-storey structure under the north building and a one-storey parkade under the south building. Information on how to access and pay can be found on their website at http://bit.ly/2DzH8E9.

Thank you to this year's outstanding sponsors!

Award Sponsors

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"At Canada Life, our company and employees are connected by a shared sense of responsibility to give back and help build stronger communities. Through employee volunteering, workplace campaigns and corporate donations, we’re making a positive impact in the country we love. We’re proud to support National Philanthropy Day because when communities come together, potential becomes reality." 
- Debbie Down, Director, Community Relations at Canada Life
“Manitoba is the most generous province in our country and it is important we pause to recognize the generosity of time and talent that makes this so. National Philanthropy Day gives us the opportunity to step back from our day-to-day work and acknowledge the contributions that help make our city and province the best it can be.”
- Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation
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National Philanthropy Day is supported by James Richardson & Sons, Limited and its Affiliated Companies because we strongly believe in giving back and enriching the lives of people in the communities we serve.”

- Hartley T. Richardson, President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons, Limited

“The Asper Foundation is thrilled to support Manitoba Philanthropy Awards.  It’s important to recognize and celebrate these outstanding citizens and organizations as they have immeasurably improved the quality of so many lives.”
Print Media Sponsor
“The Winnipeg Free Press is pleased to support the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards — a way to honour and support those who give so much to our community. Volunteers are an integral part of harnessing the compassionate spirit of Winnipeg. Working together - that's what community is all about.”
Investor Sponsors
Partner Sponsors



United Way Winnipeg is so pleased to celebrate the passion of our community’s generous donors and talented fundraising professionals by sponsoring the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards.

National Philanthropy Day luncheon


November 15, 2019

11:00 AM Doors open & pre-lunch reception begins (optional)
Please join us for a pre-lunch reception to mingle with fellow fundraisers, past and present award honourees and distinguished guests.

12:00 PM Lunch with awards presentation beginning after lunch service (roughly 1:00 PM)
2:00 PM Event ends


RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB