When you donate to OrKidstra, you are helping to improve the quality of life for kids from equity-deserving areas of our community AND you are sharing the precious gift of music with them. That’s an amazing gift.


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Legacy GiftsGive the gift of music to tomorrow’s youth

Your Legacy Gift to OrKidstra will help create a future where all children and youth have the opportunity to find their voice through music!  

Make a Legacy Gift by remembering OrKidstra in your Will. Your thoughtful bequest will give future generations of children from equity-deserving Ottawa communities the opportunity to benefit from the many community skills inherent in music-making. In the hands of a child, a clarinet or violin becomes a remarkable instrument of change, growth, and empowerment. 

Music has the power to change lives and your visionary gift will help ensure that tomorrow’s youth can reach for success through music! We’re happy to chat with you about options for your OrKidstra legacy gift, including endowment contributions.

Learn more about leaving a gift in your Will through our partners at Will Power!

Key Information:

Charitable Organization Number: 83246 7153 RR0001 
Legal Name: OrKidstra – Sistema Ottawa
Address: OrKidstra, 211 Bronson Avenue, Studios 204 & 210, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6H5
Primary Contact: Rebecca Russell, Director of Development & Communications
Secondary Contact: Carrie (Olivo) Lauzon, Director of Finance & Operations
Primary Email: [email protected] 
Secondary Email: [email protected]
Phone: 613.233.0166

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Leave a Legacy

You can leave a Legacy Gift through:

  • A bequest in your Will (specific amount or a percentage of your estate)
  • The residual of your Will
  • Life insurance policy (OrKidstra as a beneficiary)
  • Appreciated securities
  • An annuity
  • Designating an RRSP or RRIF


Please speak with your lawyer, financial advisor, or contact OrKidstra for more information.

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In Memoriam

Designating OrKidstra as your charity of choice, and encouraging others to do the same, is a deeply thoughtful way to remember and be remembered.

In Memoriam: Anne Taylor, 1945-2014 – “Because music creates community and is one of the most enduring gifts we can give to children.”

In Memoriam: Peter Henry Dawson, 1937-2015 – “Because music education challenges the mind and nourishes the spirit; it opens the door to a better future.”

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Learning a musical instrument is such an opportunity in life. The more kids that get to experience it can help the world grow and be a better place.


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Endowment GiftsAn endowment gift to OrKidstra helps the music play on!

Your endowment gift ensures lasting support for OrKidstra’s programs, helping us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and youth from equity-deserving communities for years to come.  

When you make an endowment gift to OrKidstra, the principal is carefully invested through our trusted partners at the Ottawa Community Foundation and the annual disbursements provide a reliable income stream, empowering OrKidstra to plan for the long term with confidence. Your endowment gift enables us to achieve our collective vision of a future where all children and youth can discover their voice and build their potential through the transformative power of music.

You can choose to make an endowment gift today as a living legacy or plan your legacy by making an endowment bequest in your Will. Donations may be made in cash, or other qualified forms, and official donation receipts will be issued for all eligible donations. Gifts of any amount may be made to the OrKidstra Endowment Fund through the Ottawa Community Foundation. If you’re interested in honouring someone special to you, kindly reach out to OrKidstra to discuss named endowment options.

You can help the music play on! By making or planning an endowed gift to OrKidstra today, you have the extraordinary chance to create a lasting legacy which will reverberate for generations to come. To learn more about OrKidstra endowment gift options, contact us today by calling 613.233.0166 or by emailing [email protected].

The acceptance of endowment gifts is subject to Board approval in accordance with charitable best practices. We highly recommend seeking professional guidance to tailor your gift to your financial goals, tax situation, and personal circumstances.

Special thanks to the OrKidstra Endowment inaugural donors, the Cajole Inn Fund – OCF.

Donate a musical instrument to OrKidstra!

  • OrKidstra is happy to accept donations of musical instruments in good working order. Please note that OrKidstra is accepting only the instruments listed below at this time. We provide a tax receipt for all instruments accompanied by a current appraisal (donors are responsible for getting their instrument appraised). All potential instrument donors will be contacted by OrKidstra. Please note that depending on the season, it may take a few weeks to hear from us. Thank you!
  • Please select all instruments you would like to donate to OrKidstra. (Please note, if the instrument is not listed below, we are currently not accepting it) *
  • Please note, we provide a tax receipt for all instruments accompanied by a current appraisal. Donors are responsible for getting their instrument appraised.
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    Host a Party/EventParty with a Purpose

    If you have a special occasion coming up, like a birthday or anniversary, why not make it a giving-back bash? In lieu of presents, tell your guests you’d love it if they could make a donation to OrKidstra.

    The sky’s the limit for your benefit party (think tea party, bridal shower or backyard BBQ), but the event could be as simple as a one-time, casual dinner party with family and friends in the comfort of your own home.

    We’ve got lots of great ideas to get you partying with a purpose like a pro!

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