Make a gift with long-term impact

jason rothJason Roth and Cheryl Steadman-Roth are on a new mission to expand the Symphony’s impact and engage even more children in communities across Nova Scotia.

Jason and Cheryl and Symphony Nova Scotia have a successful history of working together to create outreach opportunities.  The New Germany project grew out of their concern for children who don’t have the opportunity to hear orchestral music.  By building an endowment, a permanent fund was made. Every year the interest from the investment is used to make concerts and education programs more accessible to children in New Germany.

Jason and Cheryl have made a generous offer to create another project in 2016.

“We’d like to make a big donation that encourages other donors to become involved too.  A matching gift.”

They want to reach more children in new communities by inspiring others to give. They have already committed to making a significant matching donation and are willing to add to that if there is further interest and support.

Jason knows from personal experience that the sounds of symphonic music can stir the soul, excite, and inspire. “Knowing that we could help provide this experience, in perpetuity, for others is profoundly satisfying. We won’t know the impact it produces, it could be immediate or it could be seeds planted that will blossom later. The reward of simply knowing you’ve done something good is incredibly powerful.”

To learn how your donation to education programming can be matched, contact Anne at 902.421.1539  or email

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

The Department of Canadian Heritage is once again making their endowment fund matching program available to arts & culture organizations.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund (Endowment Incentives Component) is intended to encourage private donors to contribute to the endowment funds of not-for-profit professional arts organizations. Organizations that qualify for funding can receive up to a maximum of a dollar for each dollar raised, depending on the availability of funds and the number of successful applicants.

In 2015, the Department of Canadian Heritage, through its Endowment Incentives component, contributed $17.7 million in grants matching private sector donations to the endowment funds of 98 Canadian arts organizations.

The next application deadline is December 1, 2016 for funds raised and deposited into your endowment fund between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016.

To learn how your donation to education programming can be matched, contact Elizabeth at 902.421.4402 or email