The SICM is a non-profit charitable organization registered with Revenue Canada. Donations and bequests from members and partners are critical to its operation and future. For Income Tax purposes, receipts for donations over $20 are provided.
- a general operating fund and
- two special-purpose funds
- The Dr. Kenneth Inkster Bursary Fund and
- The Dr. Stanley Osborne Organ Competition Fund
General Operating Fund
This fund handles the general business of the Institute and receives special-purpose donations not conforming to the goals of the Bursary and Competition Funds for special projects and more general gifts.
The Dr. Kenneth Inkster Bursary Fund
This fund, founded in the early 1970s as the “Baskerville Bursary Fund”, supports church musicians needing assistance to attend the Institute.Named originally in honour of Anne Baskerville of London, Ontario, who had served as Hostess in the early years of the Institute, in 1975, on the death of founding Institute member, Gordon Sloan, the name was changed to “Baskerville Sloan” in recognition of his contribution to the Institute since its founding.In the early 1990s, Jennie Bouck, a long-time member of the Institute who had also served as Hostess, passed away, and in her memory, the Institute received donations also directed toward the Bursary Fund. In 2004, the Fund was renamed in honour of the Institute’s second Director, Dr. Kenneth W. Inkster, on the occasion of his retirement after 30 years as Director of the Institute.
The Dr. Stanley Osborne Organ Competition Fund
This fund covers the expenses of the biennial Osborne Organ Competition and its awards, the Florence and Stanley Osborne Organ Scholarships. The prizes awarded to the first- and second-place winners of the competition’s final round are treated as scholarships and must be directed towards advanced study in organ and/or church music.
This fund began in 1976 with the proceeds from If Such Holy Song, Dr. Osborne’s commentary volume on the 1971 joint hymn book of the Anglican Church of Canada and United Church of Canada.