page-title-give

You give NSCAD and our students the power to create. Thank you for supporting excellence.

To NSCAD’s many donors we extend our heartfelt thanks for your generosity and passion for the work we do.

This has been one of the most challenging years in NSCAD’s long history. Events have demanded that we apply our creativity to an unanticipated situation and our faculty, staff and students have shown their adaptability.

Your gifts have supported many areas of the university, but overwhelmingly, they have been directed to scholarships and bursaries. Thank you for your part in ensuring that the NSCAD experience is available and accessible.

Donate Button: Support NSCAD Students

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 Giving

Annual Giving 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.

Donate now!

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 2017-2018, the university awarded almost $380,000 in financial assistance through its scholarship fund (including endowed funds), with more than 200 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.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

A tribute gift is a wonderful way to recognize a friend, family member, colleague or inspirational professor. These donations are often made to celebrate a milestone such as graduation, retirement, special birthday or anniversary.

A memorial gift is a meaningful way to remember a loved one’s legacy or to express your appreciation for someone special. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of students today, tomorrow and far into the future.

When a gift is made in memory, in honor or in celebration of someone, a special letter is sent to the individual being honored or to whom you indicate should be notified of the gift.

Make a Memorial or Tribute Gift

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 student assistance through annual scholarships and bursaries. In 2017-2018, the university awarded almost $380,000 in financial assistance through its scholarship fund (including endowed funds), with more than 200 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.

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. 

For more information, please contact Leanne Dowe, Controller at 902 422 7200 or ldowe@nscad.ca.

Support NSCAD

0