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Annual Giving Campaign

This annual fundraising campaign is essential for CCPA to provide the quality of training that has earned notable accolades and continues to launch our graduates into every aspect of the performing arts. Join us at centre stage to build on our successes and stride forward with confidence. Our goal is $250,000, and there is a list of giving impacts below.

Overcoming incredible obstacles, 2020-21 will be remembered as the most successful and innovative year in the College’s history — an accomplishment that the entire CCPA community celebrates, and in which you played an important role. 2021-22, however, brought mounting challenges and dwindling revenues that may persist without your continued support.

Donors will also receive a charitable tax receipt for all cash donations.

Donors can participate in many ways by selecting where their gift should be awarded or by making a donation to Area Of Greatest Need.

Your gift will make a tangible difference.

The impact of your action could include:

Equity & Social Justice
$25 purchases a seat to a relaxed performance for someone in need.
$150 brings an industry guest, speaking on current issues.
$2,500 supports the students and faculty with ongoing equity training.
$6,000 provides the budget for the Cultural Safety Working Group.

$75 covers the cost of one teaching hour.
$300 provides a student with a mentor for their new work creation project.
$400 provides an educational workshop for a local school or community group.
$2,000 covers travel and accommodation for an out-of-town teaching artist.

Student Support
$200 provides a student with emergency counselling support.
$250 provides students with a wellbeing practitioner.
$500 provides a bursary for a student in need.
$1,000 provides an award for student achievement.

Production Support
$1,500 covers the cost of a livestream performance.
$3,000 provides a performance for a not-for-profit or community group.
$4,000 covers the cost of a choreographer, stage manager or music director.

Areas To Support

Area Of Greatest Need
Student Aid Fund
Legacy Endowment Funds

Individual donations made to our Annual Giving Campaign are made to Area Of Greatest Need. 

This year’s annual fundraising campaign is about building on our achievements and embracing our future. While the residual effects of the pandemic still challenge all performing arts schools, we continue to deliver excellent programs to the highest professional standards.

The pandemic triggered unimaginable and unforeseen challenges for CCPA and threatened our students’ ability to continue their studies. By making major investments to adapt our facility and support the resilience of our students, we were one of only 20% of Canadian performing arts programs to deliver in-person in 2020 and 2021. Your donation will help us reach for the stars. See more details here.

Our greatest challenge is providing the more robust student support services and state-of the-art-facilities common at much larger institutions. This Student Support Fund has a goal of $10,000 and will directly impact the day to day lives of our student body.

There are a number of ways you can ensure that your generosity lives on, while at the same time securing the maximum possible tax benefits for your estate through a Legacy Endowment Fund.

  • Wills & charitable bequests
  • Gift of life insurance
  • Gifts of stocks and securities
  • Gift of property, trust and annuities
  • Gift of RRSP & RRIFs

The Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Canadian College of Performing Arts is hosted by the Victoria Foundation. The fund supports student aid at the College through scholarships, awards and bursaries. Endowment funds secure the future of the College – and are all eligible for up to a 100% matching grant! Thanks to Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Investment Fund, the impact of each donation made to these endowments has the potential to be doubled. See more details here.

I have been a loyal and proud supporter of CCPA since day one. It is a joy to see the students learn and grow in such a productive and enthusiastic environment. We are privileged and honoured to have CCPA in Victoria.

Pat Taylor, CCPA Donor

Additional Ways To Support

Legacy / Planned Giving
In Celebration / In Memory
Monthly Donations
Gifts In-Kind
Third Party Events

As you plan your estate you may want to consider giving to the College. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can ensure that your generosity lives on, while at the same time securing the maximum possible tax benefits for your estate.

The simplest option is to leave the College a bequest in your will. It could be a sum of money or a gift in kind such as artwork, securities or real estate. Whatever you choose, your estate will receive a charitable donation tax receipt. Depending on the size and nature of your gift, you could eliminate all of the income tax on your final tax return – and possibly on the return for the immediately preceding year as well.

There are also other options that may make more sense, for both you and the College. Some of these could allow you to make the donation now and benefit for some or all of the tax credits without having to surrender control of the asset. Contact Managing Artistic Director at 250 595 9970 or for more details.

Commemorate an important individual, or occasion through not only fulfilling the dreams of young, emerging artists to have a professional career in the performing arts but also supporting the development of arts and culture as a whole. Consider a gift to the Canadian College of Performing Arts when you are planning an event, retirement or to honour a loved one.

Monthly donations are an option, and available through our donations portal here.

The College accepts gifts-in-kind if they can be used in support of the mission of the school. We are able to accept gifts of in-kind goods and materials if we have publicly posted a request for it, and/or it addresses a current and timely need, and we have the space required to store it.

Of course, your gift doesn’t have to be monetary. There are myriad ways that you can support CHAS and CCPA. Can you offer the most valuable gift of all – your time – helping with advocacy, volunteering or connecting us to individual or corporate sponsors or supporters? A charitable tax receipt may be available with proof of current fair market value.

Turn any activity into a fundraising opportunity and let your imagination run wild. From bake sales to golf tournaments to dinner parties – the possibilities are endless to raise funds for programs at the College. Contact our office at to let us know what you are planning and how we can provide you with our brochures and other materials.

Giving Back To Our Community

Relaxed Performances: On average, 350 complimentary tickets are offered to 20+ local, regional, and provincial organizations such as Autism BC. In 2020–21, 560 households engaged online. 

Complimentary Tickets are offered to increase access for seniors, emerging artists, under–served communities and those experiencing financial barriers: 

  • 2021–22 (In–person and Virtual): 1,073 
  • 2020–21 (Virtual): 1,488 households 
  • 2019–20 (In–Person): 1,972 

Facility Use: pre–pandemic, in 2019–20, over $50,000 in discounted rental space was provided to non–profits, youth programs, and artists. 

Communities we serve: Over 30,000 members of the community, many seniors and youth, have benefited from Community Engaged in Performance! since its inception. Students, emerging and underserved artists, seniors, community groups, audiences, individuals with cognitive and physical challenges, caregivers and youth groups.

View Photo Credits

This Little Light, 2016 | director Jane Johanson | photo credit Don Craig
Working, 2018 | director Matthew Howe | photo credit Peter Pokorny
student dance photography | photo credit Tasha Cadence