Giving circle makes first presentation

By Marianne Curtis

Two youth programs administrated by Youth for Christ in Steinbach recently received a $5,000 funding boost thanks to a newly established philanthropy group.

The Chrysalis Fund, established by Simone Penner and Debbie Krahn, recently presented the staff of BackStage, with a check for $5,000.

Simone Penner, one of the founders of the Chrysalis Fund is pleased with the groups first grant presentation.

“We have done our first granting and it is very exciting,” stated Penner.  “This year our giving project was the U-Turn House in Steinbach for new flooring and the supper club that Youth For Christ hosts on Wednesday evenings.”

   Half of the donation is going towards installing new flooring in the basement of U-Turn, U turn is a semi-independent home for youth aged 15-19, providing a stable living environment and training for employability and independent living. The remaining $2,500 will go towards purchasing groceries and enhancing programming for the Wednesday evening Supper Club. The club meets weekly and discussions are held to discuss life issues and then eat together.

Established back in October, the Chrysalis Fund is a group of women that have gathered together in a new philanthropic venture through a non-profit giving circle. The seventeen members decided to combine their money into a shared fund and each member contributed $1,000. Grants are then given out to various organizations from the earned interest.

The Chrysalis Fund meets twice a year to review and celebrate the impact granting has made, receive feedback from the organizations they’ve funded and to learn about new opportunities to give.

Local organizations looking for some support from the Chrysalis Fund can pick up an application from the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce office.   Anyone women interesting joining can make contact by emailing//


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