Part of the Children’s Fest mandate is to bring world class performances to Penticton and make these performances accessible to all, regardless of financial background. Without the support of government grants, community sponsors and generous individuals, this would not to possible. Our office works hard all year raising funds. Only a fraction of the revenue needed to run the festival comes from ticket sales. Here’s the breakdown from 2009:
Almost half our funding comes from generous businesses and service groups in the Okanagan and beyond who donate not only money but inkind products and services. With their support to house the performers, feed the volunteers, shelter the activities in tents and much more! Visit our sponsor page to see who these community stars are.
30% from Government Grants
All levels of government contribute financially to the production of the festival from Canadian Heritage to BC Arts Council to the City of Penticton and the RDOS. Thanks to them, we are able to do things like pay performers and production staff as well as offer such a wide variety of activities on such a fabulous site.
21% from Ticket Sales
Less than one quarter of our funding comes from the purchase of show tickets and passes. If you look at it this way, we would have to charge more than $25 a ticket to fund the festival soley with ticket sales.
Did you know that about a quarter of our tickets are paid for by service groups and small business through our Adopt a Class Program? This program offers sponsored tickets to students who would not ordinarily be able to attend do to financial hardship.
5 % from Other Misc. Sources
This 5% covers things like on-site vendor and artist merchandise commissions, silent auctions and individual charitable donations.