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On June 18, 2012, the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation was proud to announce the donation of $1,015,708 to 44 local children’s charities across Manitoba.
The True North Foundation serves as the entity through which The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club performs its philanthropic responsibilities to the Province of Manitoba. It fulfills this obligation by supporting registered charities within our community who focus on the youth of our province and by developing and operating programs that serve disadvantaged kids. Close to one hundred charities applied to receive funding from the True North Foundation, and 44 were carefully selected.
“We went through the process of reviewing all of the applications,” said Mark Chipman, Chairman & Governor of True North Sports & Entertainment. “There are so many great causes and we tried to help as many as we could that fit our criteria. As you read through some of the stories and go through this, it’s a long process but it’s worth it because you get to see the incredible work that’s being done in our community, very quietly.
Money for the foundation is raised through 50/50 sales at all Winnipeg Jets home games, the sale of Jets License Plates, the Mike Keane Celebrity Hockey Classic, the Ranger Golf Tournament along with various donations and third party events.
“To reach over the million dollar mark in monies donated to charities is a great accomplishment for the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation,” stated foundation Executive Director Dwayne Green. “This would not be possible without the generosity of those who support our fundraising activities, our event sponsors, our passionate fans and all our volunteers and our internal staff and management who get behind all of our events. They are the reason we are able to help so many children in need around the province.”
The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation operates under the direction of Dwayne Green, Julie Chartier, and Murray Cobb in partnership with a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors who include Mark Chipman, Patti Chipman, Robert Thorsten, John Olfert, Norva Riddell, Blake Fitzpatrick, Brian Lerner, George Sigurdson, Gerry Price, Kevin Chief and Kevin Neiles.
“When we first started off we were lucky if we raised $100,000 in a year,” said Chipman. “We would distribute that amount in the same process, but the magnitude of this is far greater and it’s very rewarding that we’re able to make this kind of impact and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of fans purchasing the 50/50 tickets and the success of the events in the past year.”
Knowing that next year might not have the same impact as the inaugural season did, the True North Foundation decided to hold onto a decent chunk of the funds to save for the future to ensure they are able to continue to reach their fundraising goals.
“Because we don’t know if we can sustain this amount, we thought it was prudent to set aside some of the funds we raised this year,” explained Chipman. “The license plate program was unique, we may do that again but it’ll be on a smaller scale, and it certainly won’t have that one-time effect that it did this year. Worst-case scenario, it’ll be a significant amount of dough to start an endowment fund with, potentially that will ensure that we can sustain this level of giving for many years to come.