Planned Giving

Don Giovanni, 2007


A Legacy For Opera

If you love opera, if you marvel at Pacific Opera Victoria's original productions, the inspiring performances, the compelling drama and glorious music – then you understand how important opera is to a vibrant arts community.

If you make an annual gift to support POV, then you also understand that not a moment of this magnificent art form is possible without the passion and commitment of opera lovers like you.

Every success Pacific Opera Victoria has ever had started with the support of our donors. And one of the most meaningful ways to make a real difference to the future of opera is to make a bequest in your will.

A will is the final gift we make to the world – our message to the future. Through our wills, we try to protect the people we love, give joy to those who follow us, and leave the world a better place. Behind all the legal language, a will is simply an expression of love and hope for the future, a gift to the people and causes for which we care most passionately. Guide to Making a Bequest

Through a bequest to the Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation, you can help keep opera alive and thriving in Victoria for generations to come. Your legacy will contribute to the rich cultural fabric of our community long into the future.


The Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation

The Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation is a registered charitable society that exists to support Pacific Opera Victoria. The Foundation accepts current and planned gifts through bequests and estate giving or other types of future gifts to provide ongoing support for the programs and activities of POV and to develop endowment funds, reserve funds and other financial assets.

POV Foundation Gift Acceptance Policy.

The POV Foundation invests funds to provide annual income for Pacific Opera's artistic needs while preserving and increasing capital for long-term security. POV Foundation Investment Policy

  • Full Legal Name: Pacific Opera Victoria Foundation
  • Registered Charity Number: 11907 5554 RR0001

The POV Foundation is governed by five to nine Trustees. Two trustees are members of the Pacific Opera Board of Directors (the President of the Board and one other Director recommended annually to the Foundation for appointment by the Trustees).

POV Foundation Trustees

  • Chair: David H. Flaherty
  • Vice Chair: Dick Cavaye
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Gary Moser
  • Deneen Cunningham
  • Jennifer Jasechko
  • Robert Milne
  • Michael Morres
  • Leda Townshend


Pacific Opera Victoria Association

Donors may also elect to designate their current or planned gifts to the Pacific Opera Victoria Association (Pacific Opera's legally registered name ). The main difference is that gifts designated to Pacific Opera Victoria are usually designated for opera production, artistic and educational programs and special projects.

  • Full Legal Name: Pacific Opera Victoria Association
  • Registered Charity Number: 11907 5547 RR0001


Donations of Securities

Consider a donation of publicly listed securities to either Pacific Opera Victoria or the POV Foundation. Donating stocks, bonds, or mutual funds with capital gains can be one of the most tax-effective ways to give. When you donate shares, you do not pay tax on the capital gains, and you receive a charitable tax receipt for the value of the shares on the day they are received.

Both Pacific Opera Victoria and the POV Foundation accept donations of publicly traded securities.


The Bravo Society

The Bravo Society was established to honour and recognize the generosity and vision of those who are creating a legacy for opera. The Bravo Society honours those who have arranged a donation to the POV Foundation in their wills, as well as those who have made some other type of future gift such as an insurance policy, an annuity, or a trust arrangement.

By naming the POV Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, you can support the sustainability and vitality of Pacific Opera Victoria for generations to come. You may also realize significant tax savings for your estate.

With permission, members of the Bravo Society are identified in our house programme donor listings by the symbol – B. Members may also be anonymous.

A gift or bequest that best suits your personal interests may be worked out with your lawyer, accountant, or financial advisor. Your gift will help ensure that the magic of opera lives on for generations.

Bravo Society Chair
David H. Flaherty

To learn more about planning your legacy, download our Guide to Making a Bequest.

To join the Bravo Society, you may complete and print the Bravo Society Membership Form .



Steve Barker
Donor Relations Coordinator

All calls will be treated as confidential.



POV Foundation Frequently Asked Questions

Planning Your Legacy: A Guide to Making a Bequest

Bravo Society Membership Form

POV Foundation Gift Acceptance Policy.

POV Foundation Investment Policy

Donations of publicly traded securities

Pacific Opera Victoria Securities Donation Form

POV Foundation Securities Donation Form


Bravo Society Sponsors

Horne Coupar Barristers and Solicitors

RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities: Delorme Kurz


Special thanks to

Victoria Foundation

Government of Canada

David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund