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For over 40 years, the Tattoo has been dazzling audiences by bringing Canada’s rich history and culture to life. As a non-for-profit and registered charity, we rely on the generous and ongoing support of donors to keep the tradition alive. These many years of success would not have been possible without the loyal support of you, our donors. We are counting on your continued support to help ensure we continue Marching Forward. At the Tattoo, we strive to celebrate and honour those who serve. By supporting the show, you’re making a direct investment in that mission.

Your gift—in any amount—makes a real difference. 


By Phone – with a credit card by calling us toll free (within Canada) at 1-800-563-1114 or 1-902-420-1114 

By Mail – complete the donation form and send along with your cheque to: 170 Joseph Zatzman Drive, Unit 3, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1L9 *For security purposes, please do not send cash in the mail. Instead, visit us in person at the address above to make your cash donation. 

Round Up to Give with Moka (Formerly Mylo) – When you sign up for the Moka app, they round up every purchase you make to donate the spare change to the charity of your choice. It’s now even easier to fit charitable giving into your life and your budget. Click here to learn more.

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Support the Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation – All donations support the Foundation’s mission to keep the Tattoo tradition alive. Click here to learn more. 

Support Youth Pipes & Drums – Through the Tattoo Foundation, the Youth Pipes & Drums Program supports the development of Highland bagpiping and pipe band drumming in Nova Scotia. Click here to learn more.

For more information about supporting the Tattoo please contact:

Scott Long
Managing Director/Executive Producer
Email Scott

Tribute Giving
A donation to the Tattoo in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion is a meaningful way to recognize a long-time fan or supporter of the Tattoo.

A personal card can be sent on your behalf as notification of your thoughtful gift and you will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Every year, we support numerous non profit organizations and community groups through the donation of tickets, cash donations, and in-kind advertising. To learn more about the organizations we proudly support or to request our support click here.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society
Charitable Registration #: 897866661RR0001

Mission: To honour Canada’s Armed Forces, RCMP and other first responders and to celebrate the heritage of Canadians’ contributions to national and international peace and stability. 

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation
Charitable Registration #8922002326RR0001

The Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation was established by Letters Patent on July 8, 1999 and is a registered charitable organization designated as a public foundation with a current registration number BN 89220 2326 RR001. The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The overall objectives of the Foundation are:

  • To assist in the long-term viability of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society by providing financial and other support as and when necessary to help the Tattoo production break even on a year-to-year basis.
  • To encourage and promote military and military-related music appreciation and education, particularly among young people.
  • To support the Tattoo Youth Pipes and Drums Program.
  • To encourage and promote music and dance which reflects the historical and multicultural heritage of Canada.

All donations receive a charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

Thank you!

Thank you to our generous donors who have joined us on our mission to celebrate and honour those who serve.  We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to those who wish to remain anonymous.


For annual gifts of

Carter Cincotta
Robert & Marilyn Cowborough
M Cowborough
Gary A. Crandell
Richard Deschene
Frederick Grainger
Jean Hanlon
Jane Hopgood (In honour of Christopher P Hopgood and all his good work)
J. Terry Ryan
Janet Shirley
Allan Spilsbury
Ian Urquhart
Michelle Walker
Lee Ann Wentzell


For annual gifts of

Harry Brown

Harold J. Harkes

Scott Long

Jack MacIsaac

Roisin McDevitt

Harvey Morrison

Colin & Debbie Richardson

Juergen Riedel

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For annual gifts of
$1,000- $2,499

Cecil Clarke

James Davis

Paul Kent

Anne Laybolt

Scott MacDonald

Harry Mathers

P. Dean McFadden


For annual gifts of
$2,500 or more

Estate of W. Michael S. Covert

Dr. Colin Dodds

Christopher Hopgood

Joe Shannon

Robert Wilkins

All giving categories are updated monthly and based on gifts, both financial and in-kind, received since January 1, 2020. Your support is extremely important to us and we make every attempt to ensure accuracy of information. Please contact us to let us know of any errors or omissions.

“We did not know about the Tattoo until we made it to Halifax but it was definitely the highlight of our trip!”

Aaron Ide
New London, Connecticut, USA

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