Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation

Board of Trustees

Gordon MacDougall
Garth Thurber
George Killy
Michael O’Brian
David Calabrigo
Kathleen S. Bartels



Association Board Chair *
Gallery Director *

Supporting the Gallery’s future, year after year

The Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation was established in 1998 with the goal of creating a permanent fund to offer a steady base of operating support for the Gallery in perpetuity. These crucial funds support the long-term objectives and operations of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Foundation’s endowment fund is guided by a Board of Directors. A percentage of the income earned from the endowment fund is distributed to the Gallery each year to support its exhibitions and programs.

Gallery staff and the Board of Directors of the Foundation are committed to ensuring that the intent and value of donor contributions are preserved in perpetuity. The Foundation’s Directors serve on a volunteer basis.

Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation Donors

$5,000,000 or more
The Audain Foundation
  • The Audain Curator of British Columbia Art
  • Audain Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund
  • Audain Prize Endowment Fund
$1,000,000 or more
Jean MacMillan Southam Art Acquisition Endowment Fund

$500,000 or more
The Christopher Foundation
The Killy Foundation
  • The Killy Foundation Endowment Fund
The Estate of Doris Shadbolt
  • The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Publication Endowment
$250,000 or more
The Rix Family Foundation
  • The Rix Family Internship Endowment
$100,000 or more
Mr. Richard and Mrs. Patricia Charles
Mr. John and Mrs. Rebecca McKay
Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Sheahan McGavin
Michael O'Brian Foundation
Gordon and Marion Smith
Education Endowment contributors
Meriem Foundation

$50,000 or more
Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Ardele Cliff
The Estate of Nora Doutre Gourlay
The Frances Shaftoe Trust
Mr. Gordon and Mrs. Barbara MacDougall
Milan and Maureen Ilich Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Garth Thurber

$25,000 or more
Mr. Daniel and Mrs. Trudy Pekarsky

$10,000 or more
Mr. Gary R. Bell
Mr. Jefferson Mooney and Ms. Suzanne Bolton
Marjorie A. Murray
Dr. Rodrigo A. Restrepo
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Tuey

$5,000 or more
Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Katherine Bellringer
Virginia and Michael J.B. Alexandor
The Estate of Ella Fell

For a complete list of all Gallery donors and supporters, please see pages 59 through 64 of the Annual Report.

Legacy & Giving

Legacy Gifts

Make Your Mark, legacy giving for the future of the visual arts – is the Vancouver Art Gallery's new legacy giving program, an integral component of our fundraising activities. This program provides opportunities for those who are interested in making a charitable gift to the Gallery through their will or other legacy giving options. A legacy gift provides the donor with tax benefits while ensuring the Gallery's leading role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia's reputation as a vibrant, creative, healthy and desirable place to live, work and visit.

Legacy gift donors are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their professional advisors and by the Gallery.

All information pertaining to donors and donations received by the Foundation is considered absolutely confidential.

Named Endowments

If you are considering a gift of $250,000 or more, you may establish a named endowment fund through the Foundation. Named endowments may be established during your lifetime or through a bequest. You may create a general endowment that will provide vital support to all areas of the Gallery, allowing the Gallery to designate support to the areas of greatest need.

Alternatively, you may establish a special-purpose endowment in consultation with Gallery staff. Donors of named endowments will be acknowledged in perpetuity on the Gallery's Donor Recognition Wall. In addition, we welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop appropriate recognition specific to your particular gift.

For further information about Make Your Mark, legacy giving for future of the visual arts, please email

Download a PDF on Ways To Give for more information on Legacy Giving.