40th Anniversary Campaign

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40th Anniversary Campaign: For the Love of Opera

Pacific Opera Victoria's 40th anniversary is coming up in 2020! The company is preparing to celebrate 40 years of professional opera in Victoria – and to further invigorate this marvellous art form as we look ahead to the next four decades.

POV has launched a $2.5 million campaign to raise funds to help the company do the following:

  • Explore a kaleidoscope of operas including large-scale masterworks, intimate chamber operas, new commissions, and a memorable 40th Anniversary signature event such as Die Walküre, the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle.

  • Challenge and support new generations of opera artists including singers, directors, designers, stagecraft professionals, conductors, and composers.

  • Inspire children and youth with the joy of creativity and learning by developing family operas, commissioning a new Opera in Schools production, and expanding visiting artist and classroom workshops.

  • Celebrate the power of story and song with everyone in the community by bringing opera alive with community concerts, discussion forums, screenings, online streaming, and more.

  • Establish an Artistic Excellence Fund to support long-term projects several years before they appear on stage and provide stability and continuity for POV.

Many generous patrons have already made pledges, and we invite you to consider a gift to support the 40th Anniversary Campaign, There are many ways to give and many recognition opportunities. To learn more, please call Jennifer Jasechko, Director of Development, at 250-382-1641 or visit www.pov.bc.ca.


You can help ensure that anyone in our community who wishes to participate in opera is able to do so – from seniors attending free concerts to young artists pursuing operatic careers to school children seeing an opera for the first time. There are several ways you can give to the campaign while gaining tax benefits for yourself:

  • Cash: Cash gifts are the most common type of gift. Gifts to the 40th Anniversary Campaign may be pledged over three years. This makes it possible for you to consider a larger gift spread over several years.

  • Stocks and Bonds: Publicly listed securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds with capital gains are tax-effective gifts. When you donate shares, you do not pay tax on the capital gains – and you receive a charitable tax receipt for the total value of the shares on the day they are received into POV's account.

  • Other Gifts: There are other tax effective ways to support the campaign through more complex gifts such as donations of life insurance, RRSPs, RRIFs, and gifts in kind, among others.. POV will work with you and your lawyer or financial advisor to determine which type of gift is best for you.

To learn more about the campaign, you may
  • Download the 40th Anniversary Campaign booklet.
  • Contact Director of Development Jennifer Jasechko: 250.382.1641, ext.205 or .
To make a gift to the campaign, you may
  • Donate online.
  • Phone 250.382.1641.
  • Mail your gift to Pacific Opera Victoria, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC V8T 1A7.
  • Make a donation of publicly listed securities using our Securities Donation Form.


Please make a special commitment to Pacific Opera Victoria's future – a future full of the thrill of discovery, of pride in the high standards of your Victoria opera company, and of the deep satisfaction that engagement with great art can bring.
Timothy Vernon

  • Campaign Honorary Chairs: Eric Charman and David Flaherty
  • Campaign Co-Chairs: Maryla Waters and Bernard Beck
  • Campaign Task Force: Barbara Hubbard, Verne Johnson, Gary Moser, Larry Ryan, Lydia Wingate, Deborah Wolstenholme

Registered Charity Number: 11907 5547 RR0001


Pacific Opera Victoria 40th Anniversary Campaign: For the Love of Opera


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Pacific Opera Victoria
925 Balmoral Road, Victoria, BC V8T 1A7.

Registered Charity Number
11907 5547 RR0001


Jennifer Jasechko
Director of Development
250.382.1641, ext.205

More about the Campaign
40th Anniversary
Campaign Booklet

Securities Donation Form
A donation of publicly traded securities provides additional tax benefits and is quick and easy to do.