OTTAWA FUNDRAISING CHAIR SOUGHT TO WORK ON THE PAL OTTAWA BOARD

  • A Volunteer Position to develop and implement a successful campaign strategy to realize Place PAL Ottawa Place commencing in summer 2020.

ABOUT PAL OTTAWA

PAL Ottawa is a registered charity founded in 2012 serving as a unique resource for artists and other arts workers in all disciplines who, due to age-related challenges, disability, and/or low income struggle to maintain a decent standard of living in their senior years which is defined as age 55+. We are part of the national PAL Canada network.  We hear about “stars” in the arts but little about all the other artists, technicians and administrators who have devoted careers to the arts.  Many need support to navigate, with difficulty, their senior years because of much lower than average life‐time earnings and often no pension/benefits. Statistics Canada 2016 Census shows a typical Ontario artist had employment income of $17,300, an amount 56% lower than the median of all workers ($39,000). Our mission is to provide seniors in the Capital who work(ed) in the arts sector with affordable housing and personal support in a creative, caring community.

PLACE PAL OTTAWA PLACE

Inspired by successful PAL Places in Toronto, Vancouver and Stratford, and by research based on local needs assessment, the Ottawa housing crisis and recognition in City of Ottawa culture plans, PAL Ottawa aims to provide low income and other arts workers age 55+ with live-work essentials in a welcoming and supportive community, all under one roof like no other place in Ottawa. This would consist of up to 80 mixed-income independent rental apartments, with a minimum of 50% deemed affordable, plus suitable spaces to create and share art, to socialize and stay connected with community. 

We are in negotiations with a leading non-profit housing provider for a 20-year block lease and anticipate opening in fall 2023 as part of a new centrally located development where we would sub-lease to our residents.  PAL Ottawa also has extensive support from the local arts community and arts supporters.

FUNDING NEEDS

The Business Plan for the housing portion currently shows us breaking-even with 70% market/30% affordable rents. However, to arrive at our goal of minimum 50% affordable units, and to provide the arts and social spaces that make this a true PAL Place, we need to raise funds to provide ongoing annual Rental Subsidies in a stable and sustainable plan, which we can grow year by year. We also require funding estimated at $350,000 to outfit Creative Spaces for the arts including items such as lighting and sound equipment. Here too, the basic amenities for the build can be added to over time. Funding is anticipated from both private and public sources.

INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD:  Provide a one-page letter of interest accompanied by your background and credentials. Please address to: Peter Haworth, Chair: chair@palottawa.org.

IF SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW, PAL OTTAWA WILL PROVIDE OUR DRAFT CASE FOR SUPPORT IN ADVANCE.