Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 26, 2010 14:00 ET

Encouraging Private Donations: Government of Canada Matches Funds to the Central Okanagan Foundation

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna–Lake Country), today announced that the Government will match donations made by individuals, companies, and community groups to the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society and the Okanagan Symphony Society through the Central Okanagan Foundation.

"The Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society and the Okanagan Symphony Society entertain audiences and enrich the quality of life in Kelowna," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is matching local financial support to these organizations through the Central Okanagan Foundation to encourage further donations and ensure a long-term future for these arts organizations, which need stability in this time of economic uncertainty."

The contributions announced today total $13,209. The Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society will receive $5,397 and the Okanagan Symphony Society will receive $7,812. These amounts are in addition to those provided by private donors to the organizations' endowment funds.

"It is great to see the Government of Canada and the private sector working together to support the arts in Kelowna–Lake Country," said Mr. Cannan. "By matching private-sector funding, our Government is able to support a number of organizations in our riding through the Central Okanagan Foundation. Congratulations to the Okanagan Symphony Society, celebrating its 50th anniversary, on its excellent concert productions from September to May of each year. Congratulations as well to the Kelowna Visual Performing Arts Centre Society, which nurtures an appreciation for the arts within our community through the Rotary Centre of the Arts."

"As a community foundation, we are privileged to be the link between these arts organizations, private donors, and this valuable government arts program. Arts and Culture is a key part of our quality of life in the Okanagan," said Leanne Hammond Komori, Executive Director of the Central Okanagan Foundation. "As the economy recovers, the income from these endowment funds will provide annual financial support for the Symphony as well as the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society—today, tomorrow, and forever."

The funding has been provided through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund (formerly the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program). This year, the Government of Canada is providing 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector. Since 2006, this program has provided $59.5 million to various endowment funds, while the private sector has provided $93.5 million, for a total of more than $153 million.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund aims to encourage modern management and greater financial stability in arts and heritage organizations. The program's Endowment Incentives component provides funding to match donations from the private sector to arts organizations' endowments.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations