Charity Status

Posted by:ArtsPond in Pondory, Recent News

This month we some have regrettable news.  Originally submitted in May 2015, ArtsPond's provisional charity status application was rejected by the Canada Revenue Agency in a 10-page ruling. This result may have many unfortunate implications for other emerging charitable ventures looking to incorporate new entities in the near future.  Stay tuned to our blog this spring for more details. 

In response, the ArtsPond team is organizing a working group to lead a series of advocacy sessions on the importance of charitable venture platforms to the Canada Revenue Agency, federal Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, and others. Below are the details for the first preliminary planning session. 

Charitable Venture Platform Advocacy Working Group


Tuesday, March 8, 2016,  4:30 to 5:30 pm


Online via Skype (NEW!)

Please add skype user artspond ( to your Skype contact list as soon as possible to make sure we can connect without too much fuss on the day.  On the day, please call us up to 15 minutes before the meeting start time to be added into the group call.  There is only room for a maximum of 25 participants online, so register today!

In person at ArtsPond’s office

Artscape Triangle Lofts
38 Abell Street, Studio 225

REGISTER or 647 920 6187


Eager to launch or support a charitable venture platform? Participate in a planning session to form a working group to meet with Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, the Canada Revenue Agency and others to advocate for the importance of charitable venture platforms for the arts across Canada. As founder of emerging platform ArtsPond Ventures, Jessa Agilo submitted a 96-page charitable status application in May 2015 that received an outright "no" in Dec 2015. ArtsPond’s lawyers are working on developing a series of legal recommendations, but advocacy from the broader community will be critical if new charitable venture platforms are to be successful in the future.   Join and help elevate conversations to the next level!


  • Introductions
  • Discussion of intellectual property or information sharing agreement between working group members
  • Setting goals and objectives
  • Where are you now in your thinking/process?  Opportunities and challenges?
  • What do the Ministers of Culture / Heritage (federal and provincial) need to know about these challenges and opportunities?
  • Setting up an advocacy process
    • Timelines and agendas
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Writing initial solicitation correspondence
    • Writing supporting documentation, summary pitch deck(s)
    • Setting the meeting(s)
    • Reporting to the community
  • Engaging other voices and communities going forward
  • Other possibilities for collaboration


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