Centre du patrimoine Endowment Fund

The Fonds Centre du patrimoine, originally the Institutional Endowment Fund of the Société historique de Saint-Boniface, was established in 1995 to ensure the acquisition, conservation and promotion of Western Canada’s French and Métis heritage at the Centre du patrimoine.

Fund objectives

  • Ensure access to the archives, their preservation and management.
  • Process numerous important archival collections.
  • Support projects in the fields of genealogy, research, publishing, Web casting and training, as well as capital projects.
  • Expand the Centre du patrimoine’s public outreach.

Religious Archives Sub Fund

In 2017 five religious congregations cofounded the Religious Archives Sub Fund whose objective is the preservation, management and promotion in perpetuity of the religious archives deposited or given to the Centre du patrimoine. Thanks to: Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface, Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Saint Hyacinthe, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Sisters of the Saviour. 

The investment made in the Religious Archives Sub Fund will reach $650,000 in December 2020. This amount includes donations, matching funds from Francofonds to the Sub Fund and also immediate investment in human and material resourcces allowing projects to get under way this fall (2017).

Your Donation at Work

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and to Francofonds’s significant donation matching programs through the years, our endowment fund has almost doubled since the end of March 2010. Seven years later, it totals close to $588,582. On January 11th, 2018, the fund is at $753,025.

The increased revenue generated by the Fonds Centre du patrimoine provides the Société historique de Saint-Boniface with the resources it requires to support the Centre du patrimoine’s growth. We continue to acquire treasures that need to be properly archived to make them fully accessible to researchers. Further, access to our archives is constantly improved and expanded, mostly through the digitalization of documents.

Why give?

As you may very well guess, researchers are attracted by these new acquisitions and the enhanced access to the treasures housed at the Centre du patrimoine. As it was, the annual number of requests for support rose by 20% at the Centre du patrimoine, from April 2015 to March 2016.

La Société historique de Saint-Boniface appeals to our governments and is constantly searching for varied sources of funding to sustain its activities. However, we still count on the helping hand of the community we serve to ensure our ongoing development.

The brochure Make Your History Come Alive: Donate! outlines a number of other reasons to invest in the Fonds Centre du patrimoine. Also, the testimonials (in French) of former Senator Maria Chaput, Mr. Louis Bernardin and Mr. Rémi Gosselin speak to the importance of the Centre du patrimoine.

Let yourselves be convinced at this time!

Matching Funds Increase the Impact of Your Donation!

With the support of the Government of Manitoba, Francofonds created, in early May 2016, the Fonds de la francophonie du Manitoba, a donation matching program. As long as matching funds continue to be available, your investment will have an immediate return of 33%. Indeed, Francofonds will increase the impact of your gift by adding one dollar ($1) for every three ($3) you endow in the Centre du patrimoine Fund.

For more information on the Fonds de la francophonie du Manitoba, please contact Francofonds.

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Sincere thanks to all the donors who have given their financial support through the years!


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