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Community Support & Donations Program

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community through a company-wide Community Support & Donations Program.

Our Donation Program supports non-profit visual arts organizations, societies and schools pursuing visual art and art education initiatives in their communities. We believe it is businesses like ours which have an important role to play in helping bridge the gap for many non-profit societies which operate on little and sometimes no funding.

In addition to our donations to arts groups, we also share their events in the Art News listings in the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter, which is circulated for free to over 30,000 artists and cultural businesses. We also offer free online Art News listings, offering exposure to help promote these events to a broader audience and maximize the opportunity for participation.

Our Donation Program is focused on providing support to qualifying groups with discounts, donations of art materials for events, or gift cards which can be used towards the purchase of art materials at Opus. Please note that we do not provide cash donations, but instead support groups by providing the art materials needed to make their event a success.

You can submit your donation request directly to your nearest store location, or to send it to our Administration office. Please refer to the details below on how to apply for support for your next event or initiative.

How to Apply for a Donation

The Opus Community Support & Donations Program supports non-profit visual arts organizations, arts education, and community groups with a strong focus on the visual arts in British Columbia. If your organization fits this criteria and has an upcoming or ongoing initiative or event with a strong visual art focus that is in need of assistance with art materials, please feel free to submit a donation request to us.

To help us make an informed decision about your request for support, please note the following when preparing your request:

1. If sending your request via email, please include detailed contact information for your organization, including your position within it. Requests in writing must be on official society or school letterhead.

2. Include a summary of the focus of your organization or school. Be sure to indicate your organization's non-profit status.

3. Include a summary of the proposed initiative, project, or event.

4. Be as specific as possible in indicating what your needs are, including details such as:
• a list of the products you require (referring to our online store to see what we carry is recommended), sizes, and amounts
• how many participants will be using the supplies
• how long the supplies will be used for (e.g. a weekend event or a 6-week program)

Please note that Opus Community Support & Donations Program provides art materials donations in kind; we do not offer cash donations, nor can we offer picture frames, or digital printing or other Opus Services.

5. Be sure to include any deadlines you may have. For example, when you need to know if the donation has been accepted and when you would need to pick up any donated materials.

6. Donation requests must be received a minimum of 6 weeks before the date you need a response. We review dozens of donation requests every month; as those that are able to provide support for often take a great deal of coordination, we cannot easily accommodate last minute requests. Please send your request well in advance of the date you need to pick up the materials.

Opus endeavours to support as many organizations as possible each month in an effort to ensure our budget is distributed fairly. We will often choose to assist numerous groups with smaller donations, rather than choosing to only assist one or two groups with a larger donation.

In keeping with this approach, we are not always able to assist the same group for multiple years in a row, however we always encourage you to apply again with different events. Due to the volume of requests received, we cannot guarantee assistance to all requests.

You may submit your request for support:
• directly to your nearest Opus Store
• by email to sales@opusartsupplies.com
Please submit your request to only one of the above; we do not accept requests for the same initiative or event at multiple Opus locations.

We will do our best to reply to all donation requests received within a 6 week period but do encourage you to contact us to confirm receipt of your request if you have not received a reply.

Thank you and best of luck with your initiative or event.