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Types of Gifts

Gifts to NSCAD support the next generation of creative thinkers. They help provide financial support to students through bursaries and scholarships, maintain and improve facilities, and to keep up to date with specialized equipment.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund provides a means for alumni and friends of NSCAD to help maintain the university’s excellence from year to year. Donors can designate their gifts to a specific need—for example, student scholarships and bursaries, the library, galleries, community residency programs, facilities, equipment—or simply designate the “area of greatest need,” which gives the university maximum flexibility. Typically, annual fund gifts are expended in the year in which they are received.

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Endowments

Donations made to the university’s endowment are done so with the understanding that the capital value of the gift (the principal) is invested and a portion of investment earnings is available to fund the educational mission of the university.

Donors may choose to set up endowment funds restricted to a specific purpose, such as student scholarships, bursaries, academic chairs, building refurbishments, library or equipment acquisitions. The original donation is secured and allowed to accrue interest—it is this interest that is dispersed according to the wishes of the donor.

For more information, download: Create an Award – Create an Opportunity: A guide to establishing student scholarships and bursaries at NSCAD University.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Studio-based study results in higher costs for students than a lecture-based university program. For many talented students, the price can be prohibitive. NSCAD values the generosity of its donors who provide student assistance through annual scholarships and bursaries. In 2016-2017, the university awarded $338,438 in financial assistance through its scholarship fund (including endowed funds), with more than 191 internal scholarships and bursaries available to students in that academic year. With your help, we hope to ensure that all students wishing to pursue a career in the visual arts can achieve their goals regardless of their financial circumstance.

For more information, download: Create an Award – Create an Opportunity: A guide to establishing student scholarships and bursaries at NSCAD University.

Planned Gifts

NSCAD offers many planned giving opportunities—all of which can be tailored to meet your specific financial and estate planning needs. A planned gift can help you achieve your tax and financial goals, as well as your philanthropic goals, and it can help you make a much larger gift than otherwise possible. Please download the NSCAD Planned Giving Guide for additional information.

Sponsorship

Capitalizing on its location in a thriving creative economy, NSCAD seeks partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations that wish to develop unique collaborations with one of Canada’s leading visual arts post-secondary institutions.

Visiting Artist

The Visiting Artist Program has been a vital component of NSCAD’s history since 1969 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year, a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized artists are invited to NSCAD to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty, and community members. During their stay, artists present a public lecture; join the faculty-led Visiting Artist Seminar to work closely with graduate and advanced undergraduate students; and meet with students for individual critiques.

Cost of sponsorship: $2,000, or $12,000 to sponsor a Visiting Artist Series (6 Visiting Artists: Foundation Studies, Fine Arts, Craft, Design, Media Arts, Historical and Critical Studies)

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Public Lecture

NSCAD University’s Public Lecture program presents a wide range of inspiring and thought provoking public presentations by renowned national and international contemporary artists, designers, curators, and experts from various visual arts fields. Individual studio visits with students are scheduled to follow the public presentations. Visitors are chosen to best reflect the diverse and cross-disciplinary nature of the program; the various approaches that are presented offer indispensable insight and inspiration for the general public and for students at crucial stages in their own artistic development.

Cost of sponsorship: $3,000, or $18,000 to sponsor a Visiting Artist Series (6 Visiting Artists: Foundation Studies, Fine Arts, Craft, Design, Media Arts, Historical and Critical Studies)

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Artist in Residence

The Artist-in-Residence Program brings leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world to live and work in Halifax for a period of two months. The Program encourages experimentation, dialogue and interdisciplinary work across all of the major art disciplines, and seeks to build collaborations, new work, and cultural events that bridge the local, national, and international arts communities.

Cost of sponsorship: $5,000

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Student Exchange

The Exchange and Off Campus Study Program enables students to study away from campus. Independent Off Campus Study allows students to devise individual plans of study within Canada or abroad. Internships and practicum placements outside of Halifax also fall under this category. Exchange Study allows students to study at one of our 70 partner institutions in 13 countries.

Cost of sponsorship: $2,000

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Scholarship and Bursaries

Studio-based study results in higher costs for students than a lecture-based university program. For many talented students, the price can be prohibitive. NSCAD values the generosity of its donors who provide assistance to students through annual scholarships and bursaries.

Endowed Award: $25,000 / Annual Award: varying amounts

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Starfish Student Art Awards Gala

Starfish Student Art Award Gala Established by property developer and art collector Louis Reznick and NSCAD University to recognize and promote exceptional students, the award celebrates top talent across 10 visual arts disciplines. This premier award provides young artists with vital visibility as they embark on their careers. The Starfish Student Art Awards are a must see event for anyone interested in the advancement of visual arts in our community. Proceeds will be applied to the President’s Student Success Fund to equip studio and exhibition spaces with modern technology for teaching and learning.

Cost of sponsorship: $2,500 or $1,250 levels

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Artist for a Day

Artist for a Day is an open public celebration of all that is NSCAD. In conjunction with the I Love Local (HFX) event and assisted by our volunteer Alumni Association, this annual event is a great opportunity to participate in making art.

Cost of sponsorship: $5,000, $2,500, and $1,250 levels

For more information, please contact Linda Hutchison, Associate Vice-President, University Relations at 902-494-8244 or lhutchison@nscad.ca.

Tax Benefits

NSCAD University is registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency, charitable Number 107788192RR0001, and is authorized to issue receipts for income tax purposes.

Canada Gifts

Donors receive an income tax receipt for contributions of $10 and above. The receipt may be used to claim the charitable tax credit.

American Gifts

Under the Canadian-US income tax convention, US donors are entitled to an income tax deduction for contributions to NSCAD University if the donor or a family member is or was enrolled at the university.

US donors who are not alumni, or have a family member that is or was enrolled at the NSCAD University, can make a donation to NSCAD through the Council for Canadian American Relations. Visit Council for Canadian American Relations for more details.

Gifts of Stocks

As of 2006, when you donate shares directly to NSCAD, you will not pay capital gains tax normally attached to the sale of securities. You will receive a tax receipt for the full value of the shares.

This policy also applies to bonds, mutual funds and other forms of capital property listed on approved stock exchanges.

Please note: This tax benefit only applies to securities transferred directly. If you choose to sell them and give the proceeds to NSCAD, you will be taxed on the gains.  Please contact NSCAD Controller Leanne Dowe for a copy of the Agreement to Donate Publicly Listed Securities.

  • One time at a donor reception this wonderful young girl came up, she handed me flowers and told me how important that support was, how it helped her through a troubled time... It was just really moving

    Kim Knoll Donor
  • These awards aren’t as substantial as I’d like, but maybe they’ll give encouragement to the recipients, help them to be confident in their abilities, and that means the world to me.

    Rowland Marshall Donor
  • Joan’s (DeWolf) legacy will have a profound impact, attracting and supporting generations of graduate students to enroll in NSCAD’s Master’s programs, as well as younger artists who may not have the means to explore the world of art.

    Linda Hutchison Director of University Relations
  • Supporting the arts is something that is very important to us at Scotiabank and we truly believe we get more from the arts than we could ever give. We recognize the crucial role that the arts play in our lives by encouraging us to develop new perspectives and enrich our communities.

    Gordon Brost Scotiabank’s District Vice President

Kim Knoll

Kim is currently a member of the NSCAD Board of Governors and the founder of the J. Dukelow Bursary. Since 2010 the bursary has awarded more than $27,000 to 50 NSCAD students.

When Kim joined NSCAD’s Board of Governors she was set on becoming involved with the scholarship committee.

“Often an art student isn’t motivated by financial payoffs; there may not be the guarantee of a high-paying job waiting for them upon graduation,” Kim explains. “The pursuit of this degree is truly a labour of love, and it takes so much focus and energy that there is little left over for part-time work. The reality is that so many highly talented students are often forced to work part time to make ends meet, thereby often sacrificing higher grades in the meantime. This often negates their chances for scholarships. This is why we made the criteria more need-dependent than grade-dependent, higher grades don’t always accurately reflect talent, often it’s reflective of life choices.”

Rowland Marshall

Sixty-five years later, Rowland Marshall smiles to remember that box of oil paints he bought when he was a teenager.

You might say that box of paints coloured his determination to live a creative life. He applied that thinking to his teaching as a philosophy professor at Saint Mary’s University, as a father and grandfather, and as a philanthropist.

“I do strive to be a creative person in all aspects,” says Dr. Marshall, originally from Windsor, Ont. He first landed in Nova Scotia as a 16-year-old sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. “I want to do something where I might have some impact and create a legacy before I leave this scene.”

Dr. Marshall has always had a fondness for that other Halifax university—NSCAD—where he tried his hand at printmaking, sculpture, portrait painting, bookbinding and pinhole photography during various night classes over the years. His name, and that of his late wife Margó, is attached to a number of scholarships at NSCAD, including awards for excellence in printmaking, sculpture, painting, product design and textiles. Just recently, Dr. Marshall established a new bursary for a mature female student taking classes through the School of Extended Studies with plans to enter a degree program.

“There is something quite amazing about getting your hands into some clay or starting work on a plate for a print and that’s what we wanted to recognize with these scholarships,” he says. “At NSCAD, what I’ve admired is the encouragement to try things out, to experiment, to really think.”

The Marshalls have never been what you can call wealthy, but the endowments they created were possible by putting money aside a little at a time. And their support is by no means exclusive to NSCAD; they also set up awards at Saint Mary’s and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Joan DeWolfe

The late Joan DeWolfe loved art and loved collecting art—filling her modest Halifax bungalow with colour and creativity.

With nine months to plan for her death, she thought carefully about the legacy she would leave—deciding to support young artists and children in need.

The co-executors of her estate—friends Jeannie Hogan and Judith Rickard—visited NSCAD University recently to meet with President Dr. Dan O’Brien and hand over cheques adding up to more than $100,000.

Proceeds from the estate, including funds raised at an auction of her art collection, were divided between two main benefactors, NSCAD University and Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society.

“She collected the work of young artists,” said Jeannie. “So she would be delighted to know that she is still facilitating the careers of artists.”

Ms. DeWolfe, a Halifax resident, died May 11, 2012 at the age of 63 after a nine-month battle with cancer. During her career, Joan worked at various investment firms. In her last years, she worked as an executive assistant for Addictions Services at the Nova Scotia Department of Health.

Described as “joyous,” “stylish” and “dynamic” by her friends, she lived her life with passion, surrounding herself with contemporary art and close friends. Those two loves came together on a cold night in January, when her art collection went up for auction at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery.

Once the estate is settled, the bequest will total more than $200,000. This gift provides endowed funding for graduate scholarships and support for youth to participate in Extended Studies programs.

Scotiabank

NSCAD University President Dianne Taylor-Gearing welcomed a $150,000 donation from Scotiabank that will fund scholarships for NSCAD students.

The donation was announced during NSCAD University’s Student Awards Reception, held on November 5th, on the birthday of university founder Anna Leonowens in the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

NSCAD’s long association with Scotiabank stretches back to the university’s founding in 1887. Established as Victoria School of Art and Design, the school’s first home was located in rooms over the bank at the corner of Hollis and Prince Streets. The connection between the two Nova Scotia institutions was Anna Leonowens’ son-in-law Thomas Fyshe, general manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

“We are so grateful to Scotiabank for their renewed five-year commitment to NSCAD, an association that goes back more than 125 years,” says Professor Taylor-Gearing. “Scotiabank scholarships let us attract top students to NSCAD, not only from across Canada but from around the world.”

As well as investing in scholarships, Scotiabank also committed to being the presenting sponsor of NSCAD’s important community event, Artist for a Day. Held in the spring to coincide with I LOVE LOCAL’s Open City event, Artist for a Day attracts thousands of people, young and old, to NSCAD’s Port Campus to try their hand at art, making everything from jewellery to stop-motion animation and life drawing.

The Scotiabank Bright Future Program is the bank’s philanthropic program. Since the bank’s inception, Scotiabankers have been giving back to communities in order to create better places to live and work. Through the Bright Future Program, the bank concentrates its corporate giving in six areas: education, health social services, arts and culture, sports and environment.

  • This has given me tremendous encouragement regarding my artistic pursuits … I have struggled with self-doubt and the fear of being unsuccessful. Receiving this acknowledgement is not only relieving some financial burdens but has given me hope as well.

    Cynthia Fraschetti BFA 2021
  • After I applied to NSCAD and realized I could not attend without a scholarship, the idea of my education there became dreamlike and unattainable. However, the recent news of my award created an entirely new reality for me.

    Felicity MacIsaac BFA 2021
  • This award will be incredibly helpful for me in the coming fall semester. I am grateful to have money to put toward purchasing supplies and to have more time to dedicate towards working in the studio instead of a part-time job. I feel so overwhelmingly touched to be recognized for my academics.

    Tyler Anderson BFA 2019
  • I cannot wait to be at school this fall and grow, not only as an artist, but as a person as well. Thank you for the gift of opportunity. I will use it to the best of my human ability. This scholarship means the world to me and I will make you proud.

    Graham Ross BFA 2019
  • This award makes a difference for me both financially and emotionally. To be recognized for my accomplishments is a boost to my confidence, as a student and an artist.

    Lindsay Jacquard BFA 2016

Graham Ross, BFA 2019

“I cannot wait to be at school this fall and grow, not only as an artist, but as a person as well. Thank you for the gift of opportunity. I will use it to the best of my human ability. This scholarship means the world to me and I will make you proud.”

Lindsay Jacquard, BFA 2016

“This award makes a difference for me both financially and emotionally. To be recognized for my accomplishments is a boost to my confidence, as a student and an artist.”

Doug Pope

“Neither of my parents knew much about art, but they saw with their own eyes how art could have a powerful effect on people, a transformative effect, starting with themselves. Robert’s art changed their lives and they used it to open doors to change other people’s lives. This is why the directors of the Robert Pope Foundation want to support other young artists.”

Annie Onyi Cheung

I’d like to say thank you to the Harrison McCain Foundation for inspiring added confidence in my decision to continue learning at NSCAD as a masters student, for investing in my education, and for making it possible for me to explore and pursue any and all of my goals as an artist.

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