33rd Annual MBiz Awards – Meet the Nominees – Outstanding Not-for-Profit Organization

Oct 14, 2016 | Chamber News

Each week leading up to the 33rd Annual MBiz Awards Gala Presented bu Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce will bring you a closer look at the 15 finalists for this year’s awards.

This week, we introduce you to or reacquaint you with the organizations that do their work and make their contributions to the community under the Not-for-Profit banner.

habitat pngHabitat for Humanity Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in Georgia in 1976, expressly to address the dismal housing situation for poor people across the southern USA. Quickly expanding to be an international organization, moving to Canada in 1985 with a home built by volunteers in Winkler, MB. Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg incorporated in June 1987 and started building homes in 1988 and is the longest standing Affiliate in Canada building every year a total almost 350 homes have built in 18 communities. By mobilizing volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families.

By using the same money over and over again because they invest that money into a capital asset which produces a monthly return, which is used in its entirety to build more homes, they have accomplished something only a few charities can claim: they have developed a way to pay for themselves. Here in Manitoba, they employee 10 paid staff including the ReStore but have amassed over 4600 volunteers.

st. amant pngSt. Amant (Winnipeg)

St.Amant is a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to support individuals and their families, and comprehensive resources for Manitobans with developmental disabilities, and autism. Founded by the Grey Nuns in 1931 as the St. Boniface Sanatorium, the Grey Nuns originally cared for patients with tuberculosis. The building was re-named the St. Vital Hospital in 1961. Children with disabilities were first admitted to the St.Amant Ward in 1959. The organization was re-named St.Amant Centre in 1974 as the space became dedicated to meeting the needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

St.Amant programs include a large residence for complex-care, more than 100 community sites and homes, the St.Amant Research Centre, the St.Amant School and River Road Child Care, a community child-care centre. They offer effective programs for children with autism and also for families who care for an individual with a developmental disability at home. They strive to enhance the quality of life and self-determination for the thousands of individuals and families they serve each year.

The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

JFM_clr_VerticalEstablished in 1964, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba was the vision of Jewish community leaders Joseph Halprin, Abe Werier and Sam Werier, and 119 other visionaries. The intent of the Foundation was to support local agencies and programs, care for the vulnerable, promote Jewish culture and traditions, and ensure a healthy future for Manitoba. In the decades since its founding, the Foundation has flourished – supporting, serving and shaping the community and demonstrating undeniably that the vision and legacy of its founders lives on.

The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba is a public foundation that manages a growing endowment fund that exceeds $100 million. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $48.5 million in grants and scholarships in the local community and across Canada. The Foundation provides opportunities to realize philanthropic dreams in strengthening and supporting the Jewish and general communities of Manitoba.

Previous MBiz Awards Finalist profiles:

Outstanding Small Business
Outstanding Medium Business
Outstanding Large Business


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