Confederation Centre of The Arts

130 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J1
CEO: Steve Bellamy
Board Chair: Robert Sear

Charitable Reg. #:12180 7929 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Confederation Centre of The Arts:

Confederation Centre of the Arts is a 2-star rated charity with a C in results reporting. The charity has high fundraising costs leading to overhead spending outside of Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report.

Founded in 1964, the Confederation Centre of the Arts (Confederation Centre), formerly Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, is an arts charity based in Charlottetown, PEI. The charity states that Confederation Centre of the Arts is a tribute to the famous men who founded Confederation. The charity operates performing arts, visual arts, and arts education programs.

Confederation Centre of the Arts has four primary areas of spending: its Art Gallery, Theatre, Arts Education program, and Heritage program. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending.

Confederation Centre Art Gallery presents 20 exhibitions of Canadian art annually. The gallery has four main exhibition halls on two levels. Its permanent collection has grown to over 17,000 objects, works of art, artifacts, and documents. The charity reports that in F2022, there were 14,020 visits to the art gallery.

Through the charity's Theatre program, it runs productions in two indoor theatres and one outdoor amphitheatre. The Charlottetown Festival is held each summer at Confederation Centre. Since its inception, the charity has launched more than 80 original productions. The charity reports that in F2022, 15,125 patrons attended the Charlottetown Festival.

Confederation Centre's Arts and Education program provides in-person and virtual dance, music, and art classes. The charity also runs camps and school programs for students. The charity reports that in F2022, there were 186 students in dance and 150 participants in its visual arts camps.

The charity's Heritage program accounts for the remaining portion of program spending. The charity has a monument of the original Confederation Chamber, a memorial to the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. Since 2006, the Confederation Centre has presented the Symons Medal to 17 high-profile Canadians. In F2022, the charity distributed 665 tickets for the Symons Medal Lecture.


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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence could not find any quantified outcomes on the Confederation Centre of the Arts' website. This may not be a complete representation of Confederation Centre of the Arts' results and impact.

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In the following financial analysis, Ci consolidated Confederation Centre of the Arts with Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation Inc.

Confederation Centre of the Arts received $578k in donations in F2021 (down from $1.2m in F2020). Administrative costs were 8% of revenues and fundraising costs were 31% of donations in F2021. For every dollar donated to the charity, 61 cents go to the cause. This falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

At the time of this update, the charity has not posted the Foundation's audited financials for F2021 or F2020.

Confederation Centre of the Arts has funding reserves of $15.5m. The charity could cover 2.7 years of annual program costs with these reserves.

This report is an update that has been sent to Confederation Centre of the Arts for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 25, 2022 by Ann Lei.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.3%10.2%10.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.9%19.9%20.6%
Total overhead spending 39.2%30.1%31.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 266.7%115.2%124.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5781,1501,022
Goods in kind 43145251
Government funding 10,4225,5514,707
Fees for service 1854,0094,358
Business activities (net) (10)292410
Investment income 3,189(594)875
Total revenues 14,40710,55211,622
Program costs 5,8299,81610,032
Donated goods exp 43145251
Administrative costs 9291,1371,141
Fundraising costs 178229210
Total spending 6,98011,32711,634
Cash flow from operations 7,427(775)(12)
Capital spending 1,760321313
Funding reserves 15,54311,30712,510

Note: Ci has consolidated Confederation Centre of the Arts and Confederation Centre of the Arts Foundation statements affecting funding reserves. Ci has reported donated goods in kind separately and backed out the amount from donations. Transfers between the operating charity and the foundation were excluded, affecting revenue by ($50k) in F2021, ($650k) in F2020, and ($400k) in F2019. Charity Intelligence included unrealized loss (gain) reported below the line in investment income affecting revenue by $2.4m in F2021, ($1.5m) in F2020, and $101k in F2019. Ci reported commercial revenue as a business activity and net of expenses, affecting revenue and expenses by ($340k) in F2021, ($1.4m) in F2020, and ($1.7m) in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 70

Avg. compensation: $54,658

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001