When the marvellously restored Meaford Hall reopened in 2006, our community still needed to raise $300,000 for Meaford’s portion of the fundraising.
Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation was established in 2006 to continue this fundraising – but simply appealing for donations was going to be tough. With the original Hall campaign just completed and other community fundraising efforts underway, donor fatigue had set in. The Foundation decided on a bold approach that would raise the $300,000, establish an audience for performances at the Hall, and prove that Meaford Hall programming could generate revenue for the operation of the Hall. The Foundation assumed the risk of bringing performances to Meaford Hall, paying all expenses, including performers’ costs, full-rate rental of the Hall, and stage and Hall staff as required from ticket revenue. Corporate sponsorships and special event fundraising also helped subsidize some performances. Within three years, the Foundation’s fiscally responsible efforts had raised the needed $300,000 for Meaford Hall, and this demonstrated success allowed Meaford Hall to move forward with a revenue-generating operational plan.
With our initial goal achieved, Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation established in 2008 a Community Outreach program to assist the local arts organizations with their community cultural initiatives, such as theatrical productions, musical recitals, summer art, music and theatrical camps for children, and fund bursaries. The Foundation continues to support programming and capital projects at Meaford Hall, the vibrant heart of our local arts and culture scene, we’re also helping to ensure diverse cultural programming is always part of life in Meaford.
Since its establishment the Foundation has,
contributed approximately $210,000 to Meaford Hall, in the form of capital investments and sponsorship support
paid Meaford Hall approximately $200,000 for Hall rentals, technician costs etc, for events that the Foundation has presented at the Hall
attracted approximately 17,500 paying patrons to events at Meaford Hall
provided approximately $140,000 to community groups engaged in arts and culture through our Community Outreach bursaries and funding
provided $145,000 towards the Balcony Project restoration
Thanks to generous donations and sponsorship contributions from local businesses and individuals, and the success of special events we have organized. To date the Foundation has raised over $645,000, which has been put to use within our community.