Help Tree Grow

What to Give

While any amount will help, please consider making a donation that will allow you to benefit from one of the rewards the Tree team has put together. If you would prefer to make a donation offline or help in some other way, please email us ([email redacted]) and a board member will be in touch. Please note, Tree is a non-profit organization, but is not a registered charity. Tree cannot issue tax receipts for your donation.

What Tree Does

Running since May 9, 1980, Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada's longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa's vibrant literary community. 

Tree is a non-profit organization run by a 100% volunteer board that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. 

Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts. Our programming aims to reflect the diversity of Canadian poetry by featuring voices from across the gender spectrum and from diverse racial, cultural, and class backgrounds.

Why Tree Needs Your Help

Tree’s annual general meeting on March 18, 2018, appointed a new eight-person board of directors. The new board took stock of Tree’s financial situation and concluded that, due to issues including increased costs, the timing of grant receipts, and the importance of replenishing Tree’s contingency fund, there was a need for immediate action.

We’re raising funds to allow Tree to continue its programming over the next three months and to begin planning for the 2018-2019 season, while helping Tree be prepared for future contingencies.

Tree’s annual expenses for eighteen readings are more than $23,000, of which 60% to 75% goes directly to poets for readings and contests. Another 10% goes toward workshops. Other expenses include venue costs, insurance, creating a video library of readings on YouTube, and maintaining Tree’s website.

Historically, most of Tree’s revenues come from city, provincial and federal grants. Only 6% has come from donations by our audience at readings.

As a result, Tree Reading Series is seeking assistance from the Ottawa community and the broader Canadian literary community to continue bringing the best of Canadian poetry to Ottawa. 

More Information

Learn more about Tree, our upcoming readings, and our board of directors on Tree's website and be inspired by our video archive of previous Tree readings on our YouTube channel

Have questions for us? Please send us an email ([email redacted]) and one of Tree's board members will be in touch.
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    • $2,500 (Offline)
    • 42 mos
  • Rod Pederson 
    • $90 
    • 43 mos
  • Vanessa Shields 
    • $30 
    • 43 mos
  • Susan Atkinson 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
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    • $50 
    • 43 mos
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Scott Lemoine 
Ottawa , ON
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