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OAF News

April 16, 2014

The 2014 short list for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced today. The 2014 winners will be selected by students of Aldergrove Public School in Markham.

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Arts Organizations

We can help you with capital funding, building towards a secure future. Read more >>

Personal Philanthropy

Building your personal legacy to the arts may lead you to several philanthropic options. Read more >>

Corporate Philanthropy

Arts organizations attract a talented workforce and affluent supporters to your community. Read more >>

Private money properly invested and strategically leveraged has the power to free arts organizations from the uncertainties of shifting programs, policies and priorities so they can focus on doing what they do best—creating the cultural gold that builds cohesive communities and draws residents and tourists to our cities. 

The arts are central to the vibrancy and health of our society. Yet the majority of our artists and arts organizations struggle financially from year to year. And each year, arts lovers reach deep into their pockets to help close the funding gap, knowing that the underlying problem has not been addressed.

The Ontario Arts Foundation offers expertise, strategies and tools for people in the private sector who are determined to do something about this situation. In collaboration with private philanthropists, civic minded corporations and the arts organizations themselves, we tackle the problem from several angles. Long-term funds of many sorts form the core of our efforts to create lasting support for arts organizations and the artistic endeavours they pursue. We administer funds in a range of values and they all benefit from the deep knowledge, experience and judgement of our board of directors and leading money managers.

In these volatile times, new thinking is required to build strength and flexibility into our solutions. We are rising to the challenge.

Come talk to us and be part of the solution.


Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

For the past 20 years we have been quietly working to create a base of long term financial support for the arts in Ontario. As we plot our course for the next 20 years, we are passionately committed to working towards the increased stability of the arts infrastructure in Ontario.

Learn more about our programs here >>

John McKellar on the Economic Contribution of the Arts

Business and the arts. Two partners in making our Canada the best place in the world to live.

The arts are business – big business. The arts sector employs as many people as the combined sectors of agriculture, forestry, mining, fishing, oil, gas and utilities...

Read his entire speech here >>


Interview:  Dash Grundy

Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Recipient

From 2003 - 2011, the Ontario Arts Foundation partnered with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) on the Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Program. The Program provided scholarships in the arts to students who have a special ability in the arts, but not the resources to pursue that interest....

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BLOG: The Economic Value of Arts Education ... Read more >>