Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation

Symphony Nova Scotia is supported in part by the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation, an independent capital fund supervised by a voluntary Board of Trustees.

The Foundation exists to provide a reliable source of funding to support exceptional projects, protect the Symphony from fluctuations in annual resources, and ensure that the orchestra’s music will live on for future Nova Scotians to enjoy.

Each gift to the Foundation increases the annual interest income which is available to support the music of Symphony Nova Scotia.

Giving to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation

The Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation welcomes gifts of all sizes. Significant gifts can receive special recognition in accordance with the wishes of the donor.

Ways to support the Foundation include:

  • A gift of cash
  • The transfer of publicly-traded securities
  • A bequest identified in your will
  • The designation of the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation as a beneficiary in an insurance policy

Leadership gifts can receive special recognition in accordance with the wishes of the donor. Named funds recognizing a donor or a donor’s loved ones represent a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to family and friends.

Donating Securities 

A donation of securities to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation can be the most efficient way to support to your orchestra. Think about the capital gains you’ve accumulated from your stock, bonds, and mutual funds, and consider the benefits of donating rather than selling them.

By donating publicly-traded securities, you can eliminate the capital gains tax you would normally have to pay if you had sold them. You will also receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. If you complete the transfer before the year end, you can apply this to your next tax return

Consult your financial advisor to decide which investments make the most financial and philanthropic impact, and then ask your broker to transfer your securities to Symphony Nova Scotia.

A securities transfer (Gift of Stock) form is available to download from the sidebar on the left.

Also, please notify Symphony Nova Scotia that a gift of securities has been initiated so that we know a gift is on its way and can show our appreciation.

Named endowments to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation

We are delighted to recognize the generosity of our past Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation donors:

Endowed Concert Series ($200,000+)
Edith Mingo (Bill Mingo Baroque Series)

Endowed Orchestra Chairs ($100,000+)
Jessie and Harold Crosby (Jessie and Harold Crosby Principal Oboe Chair)
Ivan Duvar (Margaret Duvar Principal Flute Chair)
Dr. William Lewis (Dr. William Lewis Principal Trumpet Chair)
Barbara Newman (Norman Newman Concertmaster Chair)
Audrey Tenniswood (Roy Tenniswood Assistant Principal Cello Chair)

Pure Gold Endowment
In honour of Ruth and Richard Goldbloom

Georg Tintner Memorial Fund ($125,000+)
The Georg Tintner Memorial Fund was established in 2001 to honour Georg Tintner, world-renowned conductor and Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia (1987-1995) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music in Nova Scotia.

Estate of Alder & Althea Colpitts
Jack & Joan Craig / Craig Family Foundation
Dr. William Lewis
Donations to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation

We recognize the following donors who have contributed to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation (total cumulative giving to the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation):

Major Gifts ($5,000 +)
Estate of Alder & Althea Colpitts
Anonymous (In memory of Redge Craig)
The late Dr. Robert & Mrs. Mary Martha Creighton
Dr. & Mrs. S.T. Laufer
Dr. William Lewis
Estate of Joan Morris
Jason Roth & Cheryl Steadman
David & Faye Sobey Foundation
Halifax Regional Municipality – Millennium Committee
Nova Scotia Opera Association

Meet the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Our voluntary Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers and past Board of Directors Chairs who are committed to thoughtful and careful management of the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation. We’d like to thank our voluntary team of past Board of Directors chairs for their careful, responsible stewardship of the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation.

Dennice Leahey, C.M., Chair
Alan L. Barkhouse, F.C.A., Treasurer
Timothy C. Matthews, K.C., Secretary
Dale A. Godsoe, C.M., Past Chair
Bill Black, C.M.
Robert E. Geraghty, C.M.
Paul Kent
Gail Morris
Van Penick
Sherry Porter