Founded in 1990, the Rozsa Foundation is a philanthropic organization known for effective support and advocacy for the Arts in Alberta. The Foundation builds on the legacy of Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa, who were acknowledged champions of the Arts through their support of not-for-profit arts organizations active in the City of Calgary.

The Rozsa Foundation supports Transformational Leadership in the Arts:

Regionally, by funding organizations through regular granting cycles.


Provincially, by strengthening arts managers through our arts leadership programs and our annual Rozsa Awards: the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership.

Nationally, by funding and supporting research that informs and strengthens the arts sector as a whole.


Our Vision

The Rozsa Foundation is a catalyst for transformational impact, invigorating a thriving arts sector.

Our Mission

The Rozsa Foundation strengthens our community by developing, supporting, and celebrating arts organizations and leaders.

Our Values

Continuing the legacy of Drs. Ted and Lola Rozsa, the Rozsa Foundation values:

·       Integrity and leading by example

·       Personal interaction, relationship building, and working collaboratively

·       Exploration, risk-taking and curiosity

·       Having a tangible impact in our community

·       Encouraging excellence in arts management and artistic expression

·       Diversity, inclusion and equity

·       Examining and enhancing the relationship between business and the arts




·        We invest in initiatives that support a dynamic arts community through innovation, partnership, and inclusion.


Leadership Development:

·        We develop arts leaders, fostering organizational resilience.

Rozsa Awards: 

·        We celebrate arts managers and board chairs who embody the Foundation's values and have demonstrated excellence in organizational leadership. 

Board Development:

·        We support boards, equipping them for the work they do to guide and strengthen arts organizations.


The Rozsa Foundation honours and acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Niitsitapi or Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).


The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. The Rozsa Foundation works on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.


As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to work here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years.

Find out more:

Our History

Our Board and Staff

Our Partners

The Rozsa Foundation is a proud member of Philanthropic Foundations Canada.