At Cantiamo we continue to be blessed by the generous giving of our member families. They give their time, talents and money to help keep the events and organization running smoothly. Monetary donations help our organization, our choristers and our community and usually break down into three categories: Music Library Donations, United Way Donations through employer deduction programs and direct donations from family, friends, businesses and admirers in the community. As a registered charity we are able to provide charitable receipts to donors.
Last year, in our 2011-2012 season, we received a total of $4,460.50 in donations compared to $2,467.50 so far this season. These figures are generous and we thank everyone who has donated this year and last year. It is part of what makes Cantiamo such a special organization. Usually our General Donations go toward operating expenses and help us meet the mission and objectives of Cantiamo but this year most of our General Donations were directed toward fundraising for our upcoming trip to Festival 500 in Newfoundland. Some local businesses have become sponsors of Cantiamo and will have their names included in our choir concert programmes to acknowledge their support. Our Music Library donations numbers are very similar to last year’s donations. Donations to our Music Library allow the donor to select existing or “on order” music and have it dedicated to someone special. These donations can even go toward commissioning new music. Each time the selected piece is sung by Cantiamo in a concert, the dedication is noted in the accompanying programme. It is a great way to pay tribute to a loved one!
Not only are we thankful this year for donations from our Cantiamo community, but we are also very appreciative of the support we have received from the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) who are supporting our three part outreach program (Teacher Workshop, School Tour, Music Monday). We are in the second year of this multi-year grant program. This program is giving in so many ways; it is giving to Ottawa educators, to Ottawa school children, and to our choristers who are learning the value of mentoring and giving back to the community.
If you would like to inquire further about donations, please contact Jane Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– by Jane Pickett, Choir Manager