National Arts Centre Foundation

1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
CEO: Andrea Clifford
Board Chair: Guy Pratte

Charitable Reg. #:86222 5927 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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About National Arts Centre Foundation:

National Arts Centre Foundation is a 2-star charity. It is financially transparent and has overhead costs within Ci’s reasonable range and a below-average results reporting grade. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

Founded in 2000, National Arts Centre Foundation (NACF) is the fundraising arm of the National Arts Centre (NAC). The Foundation’s mission is to inspire Canadians to support the NAC’s priorities in performance, creation, and learning. It raises funds for supporting NAC's performing arts and education activities. In F2022, the charity granted $5.2m to NAC. Based in Ottawa, NAC is the only bilingual and multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada. Its major programs are NAC Orchestra; English Theatre; French Theatre; Indigenous Theatre; Dance; Popular Music and Variety; and several other programs such as learning and engagement, major events, and festivals.

National Arts Centre Foundation outlines three major funding areas: Performance, Creation, and Learning.

Performance grants focus on funding NAC’s performances in music, dance and theatre, both virtual and live on-stage. In F2022, NAC offered 77 Indigenous Theatre performances and public programs, representing 16 Indigenous languages. NAC’s online programs were viewed 2,608,911 times in F2022.

Creation grants allow artists to share their work through music, theatre, and dance with Canadians, promoting contemporary Canadian artistic voices on the national stage. This includes supporting the National Creation Fund. In F2022, NAC invested more than $10.0m of the fund into 19 projects. These projects were toured to 17 cities across Canada and 17 cities in 11 other countries.

Learning grants fund education programs for young people across Canada through programs such as NAC Summer Music Institute and NAC Music Alive Program. In F2022, 10,775 people participated in learning programs, with 2,217 people joining pre-professional artist training. There were 159 professional development opportunities in F2022, with 1,777 participants.


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Results and Impact

In F2022, NAC reported producing 2,842 tons of CO2e annual GHG emissions, reducing by 32% from the 2017-2018 baseline. This may not be a complete representation of NACF’s results and impact.

Ci has not assessed impact on NACF. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.


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National Arts Centre Foundation received $10.9m in donations in F2022. Fundraising costs are 22% of donations, and reported administrative costs are 1% of total revenues. This results in total overhead spending of 23%. For each dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead costs.

NACF has $23.0m in reserve funds, of which $4.2m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover around three years and nine months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

NACF paid external fundraisers $453k in F2022 to raise $489k for a cost of $0.93 per dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by National Arts Centre Foundation. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 2, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.3%1.3%0.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.6%25.9%22.1%
Total overhead spending 22.8%27.2%22.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 407.6%116.6%185.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,8566,9269,623
Goods in kind 4162601,373
Investment income (278)876216
Total revenues 10,9958,06311,213
Program costs 000
Grants 4,8157,6238,407
Administrative costs 1429188
Fundraising costs 2,3421,7962,130
Total spending 7,2999,51010,626
Cash flow from operations 3,696(1,447)587
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 22,96512,74519,296

Note: Ci used NACF’s T3010 filing with the CRA to report fundraising and administrative costs. Ci backed out donated goods-in-kind from Canadian donations and reported them separately. Ci reported grants to NAC as an expense, affecting total expenses by $5.2m in F2022, $7.9m in F2021, and $9.8m in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. compensation: $101,027

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001