Donations are an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and ongoing support from our members and benefactors is essential in order for us to carry out our mission. The College is a Registered Charity (number 136969730RR0001) and can issue tax receipts. You can donate to national projects by cheque or online by clicking here. To make an online donation to a centre, go to the centre donations page.
Many different options for planned giving such as bequests, life insurance beneficiary designation, multi-year pledges and donations of securities are also available. These can often offer significant tax-saving opportunities for individual donors. Anyone interested in receiving more information is encouraged to contact the Development Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
The RCCO Endowment Fund
The RCCO Endowment Fund supports the present and future work of the College. Income received from the Fund is used in various ways: to increase the effectiveness of existing programs, to expand services, and to prepare to meet new challenges in the future. Among the activities supported are the Travelling Clinicians Programme, travel assistance for College officers, Publications, Project Grants, Examinations, and various others, for a total over $25,000 annually.
All these plans and programs, new and continuing, require a robust and expanding endowment for their support, and members and friends are encouraged to contribute. You may consider an annual contribution of $150 (roughly the equivalent of one wedding fee); many members have pledged this amount for a five-year period. If we had one hundred of these pledges, we could add $75,000 to the Fund. Others have preferred to offer one-time donations; there is also a range of planned giving opportunities through insurance policies, bequests, or gifts-in-kind. For further advice about these opportunities, please contact the Chair of the Development Committee.
The College Development Fund
The College Development Fund (CDF) was established in 1983. The current mandate of the Fund is to encourage organ study, particularly for pianists new to the organ.
Scholarships for beginning organists of $500 each are available to each Centre (a maximum of two scholarships per year per Centre) until available funds are exhausted. This is in addition to scholarships which some Centres already offer.
Normally, RCCO Centres conduct local competitions and then apply to the chair of the CDF for this award. In addition, if funds permit, the CDF may contribute up to $500 in a year to any Centre to support a Project Grant. These are administered by the Professional Development Committee.
The College Development Fund functions outside the operating budget of the RCCO, depending totally on members' contributions.
Area of Greatest Need
Donations to this fund support the general program expenses of the national organization, wherever there is the greatest need for additional support.
Donations to this fund are an effective way for our members, centres, supporters and other potential donors such as foundations and corporations to have a direct impact on the college and our ongoing activities. Donations to this fund can be tailored to specific projects (such as to subsidize festival registration for a young student member), or can be given to the College to be used for our current priorities.
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