We work with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario
Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!
For the past twenty years we have been quietly working to create a base of long-term support for the arts in Ontario. Our partners in this endeavour have been philanthropists and patrons of the arts who have set up funds and served on our board of directors, various levels of government through matching funds, and the arts organizations themselves. As these funds have borne fruit, artists have been encouraged and recognized through awards and scholarships, and their projects brought to life through the arts organizations which also benefitted in the course of making provision for their future needs. As we plot our course over the next twenty years, we are passionately committed to working towards the increased stability of the arts infrastructure in Ontario, giving our artists the deep foundations they need to reach for the stars and reflect the multifaceted aspects of our collective spirit.
Who We Are
The Ontario Arts Foundation was established in 1991 as a public foundation to encourage and facilitate private giving to the arts in Ontario. We are a nongovernmental foundation and a registered charity. the Foundation holds over 300 endowments and funds established by individuals, private foundations, corporations and arts organizations. We focus on investments to support the arts in Ontario over the long term.
- 302 funds
- $53 million in assets
- $31 million paid out under the Arts Endowment Fund program
- $5.3 million paid out in awards and scholarships
Arts Endowment Fund Program
A special incentive for donors to make a lasting contribution to the arts was offered through the Arts endowment Fund Program (AEF), a matching program the Ontario Ministry of Culture administered through the Ontario Arts Foundation. During the program, arts organizations across Ontario established endowment funds, raising over $59.9 million which was matched by the AEF. Over the last 10 years, more than $31 million in income has been paid out in support of arts organizations in Ontario.
Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program
The Ontario Arts Foundation invests matching funds received on behalf 14 organizations who contributed their endowments under the program offered through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Arts organizations raise money for endowment, contribute the money to a public foundation, and jointly apply for matching funds from the Federal government. Since the program began in 2002, matching grants total $3.9 million. Arts organizations continue to have the opportunity to apply for matching funds as the federal government is committed to continuing this program until 2015.
Private Funds, Awards, Scholarships
Special awards, prizes and scholarships recognize excellence in the arts while reflecting the interests of arts patrons and their creative approaches to supporting the arts. Since 1991, 19 private funds, awards and scholarship programs have been established, from which $5.3 million in awards and scholarships have been paid out.
Investing in the Arts
Combining extensive knowledge of the arts in Ontario with efficient administration and a flexible approach, we work with arts patrons to help them develop strategies that reflect their philanthropic goals while providing continuing support over the long term.
The Ontario Arts Foundation manages over 300 endowment funds with a market value of $53 million. In 2010, the Ontario Arts Foundation paid out $2.5 million in support of the arts in Ontario. While each fund is dedicated to a specific purpose, funds are pooled for investment purposes. the board of Directors has established an investment Policy Statement to govern the investing of foundation assets, which are managed by two investment management firms.
A strong working relationship with our sister organization, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), brings additional value to our administration of awards and scholarships. For some awards, we work closely with OAC staff and use their peer assessment principle in developing criteria and in administering the selection process.
The Ontario Arts Foundation operates with a small staff and a 12-member volunteer board. For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation and its proven track record in managing endowments, please contact Alan Walker, Executive Director, or refer to our website
Private Funds, Awards and Scholarships
- Louis Applebaum Composers Fund
- Laura Ciruls Painting Fund
- Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Fund
- William and Mary Corcoran Craft Fund
- Douglas Dales Fund
- Christopher Dedrick Fund
- Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Fund
- K.M. Hunter Artist Awards
- Hal Jackman Fund
- Leafs Dreams Fund
- Hugh D. McKellar Fund
- Orford String Quartet Fund
- Christina and Louis Quilico Fund
- Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards
- Tim Sims Encouragement Fund
- Richard Vaillancourt Fund
- Gina Wilkinson Prize
Geographical Diversity of Arts Endowment Fund Organizations
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.
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