The Community Foundation of Portage and District (CFPD) now has some extra money to give back to the city thanks to the Giving Challenge.

Executive director Kimberly Lavallee says the money donated throughout the week-long drive has all been stretched, meaning every $5 donated turned into $9 thanks to the province, the Winnipeg Foundation, Southport, and Cardinal Foundation. Lavallee says from November 14th to the 20th, they received $63,820. While their total fell by $3,000 compared to last year, the executive director still considers this year's drive to be a success.

She explains, her favourite part of this fundraiser is that this money goes right back to the community.

"We just wrapped up our fall grants and so several of the community organizations will be receiving grants," says Lavallee. "The Parks Committee received a grant to start the development of their skate and snow park. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Plains received money to create a video for their anniversary, as well."

Other organizations in the area that have been helped by the CFPD include Eagle's Wings Flight School, Portage Service for Seniors, and the support committee of the 19 Portage Army Cadets Corps.

"The citizens of Portage la Prairie are always so generous," says Lavallee. "And, as I say, this money does go back out into the community, which means a lot. The board and the staff saw it as a very successful challenge and we're very happy."