Support the Festival

Waiting for the next eventCommunity is built on stories. In addition to meeting people from within and around the Sunshine Coast, the Festival of the Written Arts brings together the diverse perspectives of various writers who believe that our stories matter.” (Festival attendee)

Please consider making a donation to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts so that we can continue to bring Canadian writers and readers of all ages together both at the Festival in August and through our educational outreach programming. Celebration of Authors, Books and Community (CABC) is a joint initiative of the Festival and School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) that reaches approximately 1,000 elementary and secondary school students annually. Our goal is to support student development as readers, writers and tellers of their own stories.

Donors receive a charitable tax receipt and their contribution (individual or company name) is acknowledged in the Festival program. Donors of $100 or more receive an invitation to the Opening Donors Reception.

Legacy of Literacy Endowment Campaign

We launched the Legacy of Literacy Endowment Campaign in 2017  to increase our endowment funds to $1 million. Our goal is to continue to develop and deliver educational and community outreach programming and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. We are thrilled to report that we have received two donations of $100,000 during the course of this campaign. We now have five endowment funds: Legacy of Literacy Endowment Fund, Marie Steel Memorial Endowment Fund, Lynn Pakulak Endowment Fund, Gwen Bennett Endowment Fund, and the Schell Family Endowment Fund. As of November 2020, we have exceeded $900,000 in donations and pledges. Yes, we are that close!

We are thrilled to report that in the past year two $100,000 donors came forward. The Government of Canada contributed matching funds of $69,000 in matching funds, bringing their total contribution to $180,800. The campaign has now reached over $760,000 in donations and pledges.

Meet two of our Legacy of Literacy donors who also serve on our Fund Development Committee: Len Pakulak and Debbie Mealia.

How the endowment earnings are spent:

  • Ongoing support for Celebration of Authors, Books and Community (CABC) and the publication of the Coastal Voices anthology
  • Distribution of complimentary tickets through public libraries and social service agencies to ensure that finances are not a barrier to attending the Festival
  • Accessibility: A ramp to the stage was installed in 2018  and we provided real-time captioning services at the 2019 Festival. This will improve the Festival experience for patrons who are hard of hearing and make possible the inclusion of people who are deaf.
  • Special community outreach programming throughout the year

The endowment funds are held and invested by the Sunshine Coast  Foundation who have a strong track record in achieving a positive return on the funds it manages on our behalf. Further, all donations to the endowment campaign are eligible for matching funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

When making your donation, please indicate if it is to be directed to the Legacy of Literacy Endowment Campaign.

Donations can be made by credit card by calling the festival office at 604-885-9631 or 1-800-565-9631. Cheques can be mailed to the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Box 2299, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for gifts over $20.

Donations can also be made online at

Please call the festival office for information about sponsorship opportunities and program advertising. We would also be pleased to provide more information about the Legacy of Literacy initiative.

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