How Donations Help
In 2004 the Convent was saved and gifted to the community. Since then, 60 per cent of the site's buildings have been restored, however 40 per cent remain derelict. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) does not receive recurrent government funding – we do it on our own – with the community’s help. The project has proved its viability, but to ensure progress does not stagnate and the project is completed, support is essential.
The Convent inspires a level of passion, a passion that is rarely seen in community facilities. This energy generates interaction in various forms across the site and materialises in an exceptional feeling of place. As new areas are activated, the opportunities for people to interact in a connected and meaningful way will grow. While this feeling of community seems intangible, this is the essence of why the Convent exists in its current form and why those who visit fall in love.
For those that do fall in love, there are many ways to engage in the future of this special site. The ACF engages volunteers and is registered as a charitable foundation with DGR status. This means that all donations made to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's Arts Trust are tax deductable. Funds that are donated into the Arts Trust enable the ACF to plan restoration projects which will open up new areas of the site for the public to enjoy.
Public donations are also a valuable tool for the ACF to leverage additional support from government and trusts and foundations.
Every contribution makes a difference.