Press Release - Theatre Orangeville awarded funding from Government of Canada's Community Services Recovery Fund

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Theatre Orangeville receives funding from the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund

To support strengthening resiliency, viability, and community engagement.

Orangeville, ON – On August 17, 2023, the Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Child and Social Development officially announced the results of the Community Services Recovery Fund. Theatre Orangeville was awarded $16,565 delivered through Community Foundations of Canada to support the building of fundraising capabilities through new fundraising technologies.

“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like Orangeville, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable the organizations that serve our diverse communities, like Theatre Orangeville, to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff, and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Orangeville.” Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

The Fundraising Capabilities Upgrade project will help to continue Theatre Orangeville’s journey to dramatically improve and simplify the patron experience and donor journey making it more flexible, streamlined and immediately gratifying. Investing in new fundraising technology will fuel the digital transformation to modernize administrative capabilities, increase accessibility for all and enable the execution of multiple fundraising campaigns throughout the year.

Pictured above, one of 3 new Tip Tap Pay devices, which have been branded to support Theatre Orangeville’s ‘I LOVE my Theatre Orangeville’ donation campaign. The support received from this grant afforded Theatre Orangeville with the capability to simplify donating and create an easier patron experience when choosing to direct their support.

The pandemic was a difficult time for the performing arts, where being in front of live audiences is the heart of any theatre organization or artist, and providing a genuine theatre experience virtually raises substantial obstacles to inspiring audiences, supporting local economies, and remaining an integral part of the community.

Although Theatre Orangeville returned to in-person performances, audience numbers have been slow to return to previous attendance levels. Many patrons’ habits of engaging with the arts have changed – a phenomenon felt among theatres across the country and our own expenses have increased exponentially due to rising raw material costs and inflation. All delaying our recovery to previous revenue levels and requiring additional fundraising efforts.

With the help of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund, Theatre Orangeville will invest in the latest technology in fundraising infrastructure to strengthen viability, community engagement and generate revenue, all in the face of social change.

Theatre Orangeville is a non-profit professional theatre company whose artistic vision guides every aspect of what we do. To enrich the community with a high quality, professional theatre experience, that showcases the development of new Canadian works; to provide youth with unique opportunities to transform their lives through the performing arts; to provide vibrant, engaging and creative opportunities that grows the cultural experience through community partnerships; and nurture diversity, promote acceptance and celebrate all abilities.

Please contact Amanda Doerrie (Marketing & Public Relations) at Theatre Orangeville for more information.

Media Inquiries:

Amanda Doerrie

Marketing Strategist / Content Creator

519-942-3423 x 2804

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