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Timeraiser is a Canadian non-profit organization that hosts art auctions where bids are placed in volunteer hours rather than dollars. The organization was founded in 2002 by Anil Patel with the intent of supporting both emerging artists and non-profit organizations. [1] The first Timeraiser was held in Toronto in 2004, and the organization expanded to Calgary in 2006. [2] By 2012 it was being held annually in 12 Canadian cities. [2] It remains active across Canada in many cities, [3] including Edmonton, [4] Montreal, [5] Ottawa, [6] Regina, [7] and Vancouver. [8] The Frameworks Foundation now operates the events. [9]

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,245,438 people surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Calgary City in Alberta, Canada

Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city anchors the south end of the Statistics Canada-defined urban area, the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.

Edmonton Provincial capital city in Alberta, Canada

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".


Event structure

Corporate donations are used to purchase pieces from emerging artists at market value. [1] [10] The pieces are then presented at gala parties in silent auction format. Participants make written bids in volunteer hours for a limited selection of non-profits selected by jury panel. Bidders are limited to a maximum of 125 hours per piece. [3] [11] If multiple people make the maximum bid on a single piece, the winner is decided by random draw. [3] The winning bidder has one year to complete their set number of hours, and receives their art piece when their hours have been completed. In the mean time, the art is displayed in the community in a rotation of coffee shops, non-profits, and corporate settings. [10]

The term corporate donation refers to any financial contribution made by a corporation to another organization that furthers the contributor's own objectives. Two major kinds of such donations deserve specific consideration, charitable as well as political donations.

Party Gathering of invited guests

A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment. In many Western countries, parties for teens and adults are associated with drinking alcohol such as beer, wine, or distilled spirits.

Volunteering unpaid work undertaken freely by individuals as a service to others

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization". Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

Notable Canadian artists who have donated artwork to or been featured by Timeraiser include: [12]


  1. 1 2 Kelly, Deirdre (2013-04-23). "In Anil Patel's world, there's time for art" . Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  2. 1 2 McCoy, Heath (13 Jun 2012). "Time is money at art auction". Calgary Herald. p. 58. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  3. 1 2 3 Klingbeil, Annalise (9 June 2011). "Timeraiser auction trades charity hours for art". Calgary Herald. pp. N1, N8. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  4. Hal, Jamie (13 Oct 2011). "Bidding his time for a good cause - and great artwork". Edmonton Journal. p. 51. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  5. Schwartz, Susan (27 Apr 2015). "Raising time, not money, with fair". The Gazette. Montreal. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  6. "The volunteer/art event Timeraiser". The Ottawa Citizen. 16 Nov 2013. p. 81. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  7. Martin, Ashley (10 May 2012). "Time is money at Timeraiser". The Leader-Post. Regina. p. 66. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  8. "5th Vancouver Timeraiser". The Province. Vancouver. 8 Nov 2012. p. 62. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  9. Gill, Jordan (27 July 2017). "Free art! Well … kind of: Timeraiser auction trades time for art". CBC News. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  10. 1 2 "Timeraiser campaign lets people buy artwork with volunteer time instead of cash". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  11. Doody, Kelly (20 Jun 2010). "Calgary Timeraiser at Flames Central". Calgary Herald. p. 30. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  12. "ARTISTS". www.timeraiser.ca. Retrieved 2017-08-31.

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