Over the last few years, many cultural organizations have been raising funds to build new spaces, renew older buildings, develop endowment funds or cover operating expenses. A number of these projects have achieved a fairly high public profile.
A new report from Hill Strategies Research provides a picture of arts and culture fundraising in 2004. The report shows that 732,000 Canadians 15 years of age or older made financial donations worth a total of $188 million to arts and culture organizations in 2004. This represents a record level of donations by individuals to arts and culture organizations - much higher than amounts captured in surveys conducted in 2000 and 1997.
The $188 million donated to arts and culture organizations represents, on average, a donation of $257 per arts and culture donor.
There is certainly strong competition for donors from other non-profit sectors. With $188 million in donations - 2.1% of total donations to all types of non-profit organizations - the arts and culture rank eighth out of 11 types of non-profit organizations.