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Foundation Partnerships

Canadian foundations (private, public and charitable) are a diverse group of funders that contribute close to 6 billion dollars to qualified donees annually. While foundations provide funding and support for other charitable organizations through grants, they may also engage directly in charitable activities. 

Arts Commons gratefully acknowledges the generous financial investment by the following organizations:


Calgary Foundation

Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community since 1955. They facilitate collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area. Arts Commons ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning is supported by the Calgary Foundation through two donor-directed funds: the Calgary International Children’s Festival Fund was established to support children’s programs; and the Noreen Baker Fund was established to contribute to the well-being and vitality of Calgary and area.

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Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA)

Professional development is key to helping presenters improve their audience outreach efforts, build capacity, and manage change. To best support those efforts, CAPACOA provides funding through the Presenters Capacity Building Program (PCBP), a funding program that provides the presenting community with access to better professional development tools. CAPACOA supports Arts Commons’ Cultural Mediation Project.

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Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary

The Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary strives to develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed: to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world. The Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary supports Arts Commons’ ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning.

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Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation

The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation is a private family foundation which provides grants primarily to Calgary-based charities. Grants are given in diverse areas at the sole discretion of the Board, to assist and promote the well-being of citizens, regardless of race, colour or creed.  Our interests lie in arts & culture, health & welfare, social services, youth development and animal welfare. The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation supports Arts Commons’ ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning.

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Rozsa Foundation

The Rozsa Foundation (Foundation) supports Alberta-based arts charities to undertake initiatives that harness the power of exploration, experimentation, and innovation to move their organizations forward. The Rozsa Foundation offers grants to support planning, capacity building & leadership, internal development, organizational experimentation, and implementation of bold, forward-looking approaches to addressing current & future challenges. The Rozsa Foundation provided one-time emergency support to Arts Commons through the Foundation’s COVID-19 Programming Cancellation Grant Program.

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SOCAN Foundation

The SOCAN Foundation provides grants for Canadian music creators and publishers working to promote appreciation for Canadian music in today’s society. Grants support the spread of Canadian music both within Canada and abroad, ensuring our voices are heard all over the world and in across the country. The SOCAN Foundation supports the presentation of emerging artists on Arts Commons’ Duet Stage, in the Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby.

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