Niagara Celtic Heritage Society

 

Our mission is to promote Celtic culture in all its various facets.

The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society Inc. is an official not-for-profit society, established in 2001 to help restore, preserve and promote Celtic culture in our part of the world. We work hard to keep our heritage and history alive for future generations. In order to help fulfill our mission, we host the annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games each September in Niagara County, NY.


NCHS Board

Elizabeth Allore, Beth Banks, Kathy Lamont, Benjamin Martin, Rebecca Schweigert, Michael Tomaino

Officers

Robert Talladay, President

Robert Loveland, Vice President

Phil Banks, Treasurer

Cate Banks, Secretary / Festival Associate Director


Beth Banks, Festival Director

Vicki Banks, Festival Associate Director / Marketing Director

society volunteers

2018 finances

At our 2018 festival, donations were made to all artists and groups participating.

  • 6 adult/ youth dance groups
  • 8 bagpipe bands
  • 21 Celtic bands
  • 9 workshop hosts
  • 4 historical/reenacting groups
  • 4 artisans
  • 41 Scottish clans and Celtic societies
  • 5 local Community Groups
  • 2 Animal groups
  • 3 Athletic Competitions w/ over 225 athletes

Festival Finances Breakdown

Revenue

In 2018 our revenue was 97% earned through festival income. The remaining 3% came from sponsorship, ad sales and contributions.

Expenses

38% Artists & Performers
A huge portion our festival expenses go directly towards every group you see attending our festival. Every participant of our festival is compensated in some way, usually through fees or donations by us.

36% Event Production
Rent, insurance, security, tents, electricity, chairs and tables, flags, decorations, port-a-potties, storage, equipment, shuttles, signage...the list goes on and on! Hosted inside a county park, we have to bring in absolutely everything needed to put on our festival. The setting of Krull Park causes enormous expenses.

9% Office & Administration
Every year we send hundreds and hundreds of letters, contracts and paperwork! Costs include ink, paper, copies, envelopes, stamps, and more office supplies. Also fees for accounting, paperwork, contracts and our website/ social marketing.

17% Education & Marketing
We have a streamlined system to promote our festival as affordably as possible, including our massive mailing list of past guests (which allows us to give discounts to our loyal fairgoers). A large portion of this budget goes towards supporting many annual Celtic events and festivals through purchasing advertising for their programs. We go to great lengths to support many local Celtic organizations, as their successes advance us all.

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