Endowments and Planned Giving

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Whatever inspires you can inspire others, forever

Your legacy gift can ensure that visionary artists and leaders realize their potential through the programs at Banff Centre, the only place where so many talented people converge from around the world to learn, collaborate and produce art and ideas that have a lasting impact on our communities.

Your gift can have the impact you want on whatever arts or leadership area has meant the most to you during your lifetime. Whether you want to support musicians or filmmakers, dancers or writers or community leaders, we invite you to create your customized personal legacy at Banff Centre. Your range of possibilities includes supporting artist awards, fellowships for distinguished guest faculty, scholarships for not-for-profit leaders, and much more.

Endowments perform many functions. They enable talented artists to explore new ideas and create innovative works in a nurturing, collaborative environment. They help develop the skills of not-for-profit and community leaders to strengthen their communities. Endowments provide unique learning opportunities by increasing program participants' access to world-renowned faculty and mentor artists. Other endowments help to maintain artist studios, acquire musical instruments, or build the Walter Phillips Gallery permanent collection.

Give the Gift of Art and Ideas

Planned giving is a powerful way to leave behind a contribution for future generations. It will ensure that generations to come will pursue creativity and innovation, and enjoy Banff Centre facilities and faculty that bring their ideas to life. 

Once you have decided how much you can afford to give, you may wish to consider one of the following types of planned gifts:

  • bequest (name The Banff Centre in your will)
  • gift of publicly traded securities
  • life insurance (donate a full policy or name The Banff Centre as a beneficiary)
  • RRSP's (name The Banff Centre as your beneficiary)

Planned gifts might provide the donor or estate with certain tax benefits.  Banff Centre recommends you seek qualified financial and legal expertise regarding your giving and planned giving options. Information provided by Banff Centre does not constitute legal, financial, or tax advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice.

How you can create a legacy or honour a loved one

Create a legacy or pay tribute to your family member, friend, or colleague, while supporting a program area of your choice at Banff Centre. You can contribute an amount of your choice to one of our existing endowment funds — or start a fund of your own. Endowments (named or anonymous) can be established with a minimum gift of $50,000 (such a gift may be made in a lump sum or over an agreed period of years).

Your endowment gift can be matched!

Donate to - or start - an endowment fund and your donation will be matched through the Endowment Incentives Matching Program of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. Donations made before November 15 annually until 2018 will be included in our annual application.  Matching amounts vary annually.  In prior years, donors have seen their gifts matched from between 54% to 100%.

Banff Centre has over 175 endowment funds. The earnings from these funds provide sustainable, enduring support for artists and not-for-profit leaders in our programs. You can help an existing endowment to reach the next level, or create one of your own. 

Contact Us:

To discuss your role in supporting an endowment or making a planned gift, please contact:

Daiva Jocius
Senior Development Officer 

+1.800.495.4467 (toll free)