Manitoba Camping Association Inc

Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3A1 Canada

Mission Statement

Camp should be one of the most exciting times in a child’s life, yet due to financial barriers so many children in Manitoba are unable to participate. The Manitoba Camping Association through the Sunshine Fund (MCASF) strives to send 1000 financially disadvantaged kids to camp each summer, however based on available funding through public donations, our average historically is 750. We need to make this statistic better. Turning children away is less than desirable and we are continuously looking for new partners and corporate donors to help us raise the bar and impact the lives of more kids throughout the community. Facts about the Community we serve • 100% of the kids that apply are deserving • 70% of the children we support live in a gross household income of $31,000 or less (average gross household income is $25,000) • 40% of the children subsidized live in Rural Manitoba • Demand for camp exceeds our current capacity to fulfill

About This Cause

The Manitoba Camping Association (MCA) home of the Sunshine Fund is a registered charity established in 1937 to support organized children’s camp and provide financial support to children and youth whose families experience financial barriers that prevent them from participating in healthy recreation activities. Each year, MCA, through the Sunshine Fund, sends approximately 750 children to various camp programs throughout Manitoba.

Camp should be one of the most exciting times in a child’s life, yet due to financial barriers so many children in Manitoba are unable to participate. The Manitoba Camping Association through the Sunshine Fund (MCASF) strives to send 1000 under served kids to camp each summer, however based on available funding through public donations, our average historically is 750.

We need to make this statistic better.

Turning children away is less than desirable and we are continuously looking for new partners and corporate donors to help us raise the bar and impact the lives of more kids throughout the community.

Facts about the Community we serve
• 100% of the kids that apply are deserving
• 70% of the children we support live in a gross household income of $31,000 or less (average gross household income is $25,000)
• 40% of the children subsidized live in Rural Manitoba
• Demand for camp exceeds our current capacity to fulfill

The MCA relies highly on public donations to support Manitoba children and has been fortunate to have the Winnipeg Free Press as a partner since 1979.

All children should have equal opportunities to participate in healthy recreation activities and while we have made an impact on well over 20,000 children since inception, we also know there is a greater need in the community.

• 70% of the children we support live in a gross household income of $31,000 or less
• Approximately 48% of Manitoba children under the age of 18 live in low-income households
• 28% of all the Winnipeg children we support live in the Downtown and Point Douglas area

In an effort to diversify our source of funding and increase public awareness of our charitable cause, the Great Manitoba Portage fundraising event was developed in 2014. The 2nd Annual Great Manitoba Portage presented by Qualico was a success and 2016 event planning is currently underway.

Our goal is to continue to increase our donor base and funding partners so that we can make 1000 kids to camp every summer our minimum impact.

Additionally, our vision is to establish a scholarship program that provides kids supported through the Sunshine Fund an opportunity to obtain post-secondary education. We are well aware that the families we work with are experiencing difficulties and provision of post-secondary education to their children will be very difficult and almost impossible in many cases.

Children that attend camp develop many essential life skills and we would like to support them even further by providing them with opportunities for a successful future.

Manitoba Camping Association Inc
1139 Sanford St
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3A1
Canada
Phone 2047841130
Unique Identifier 130223951RR0001