Giving to the Museum

Help us build cultural understanding through textiles by making a contribution to the Textile Museum of Canada.

Our members and donors are the thread that holds the Museum together. Memberships over $150 are eligible for a partial tax receipt and all donations are completely tax-deductible. Consider making a recurring contribution to the Museum to show your support year round!

If you have any questions about the donation process, please contact:

Kirsten Kamper, Director & CEO

(416) 599-5321 x 2235

01. Individual Giving

Donate Monthly

Consider a recurring donation: it’s an easy way to contribute and provides a reliable source of ongoing funds to the Museum.

We appreciate your dedication to the Textile Museum of Canada. Your gifts make our programming possible.

Donate Once

Your one-time gift can be designated to a particular program or be directed to the area of greatest need.

Your support ensures that we can provide outstanding exhibitions, thoughtful programs and education, and an incomparable collection. Any contribution of $10 or more is eligible for a tax receipt.

Donate In Honour

Are you looking for a unique gift or to honour someone in your life?

Consider a donation in honour of a birthday, wedding, or in memory of a friend or family member. We will be happy to send a card to acknowledge your gift.

Donate Matching Funds

Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your impact.

To promote charitable giving, many companies match their employees’ contributions to charitable organizations. Find out if your company offers matching funds to increase the value of your donation.

02. More Ways to Give

Planned gifts are a unique opportunity to invest in the future of the Textile Museum of Canada. You will leave a lasting legacy while contributing to the future growth and strength of the Museum. In addition to supporting the Textile Museum of Canada, planned gifts provide significant financial benefits to the donor, including substantial tax deductions to donors or their loved ones. A bequest can be stated as a specific amount or as a percentage of your estate. The tax receipt will reflect the full value of your gift.

Life Insurance

The donation of a life insurance policy allows you to plan a gift to the Museum without affecting the value of current estate assets. You can transfer ownership of a new or existing policy to the Museum and receive a full tax receipt for the accumulated cash value. You may also designate the Museum as the beneficiary of your proceeds while you retain ownership of the policy.

Named Endowment

A named endowment is a permanent investment, the income of which provides valuable ongoing support for the Textile Museum of Canada. The purpose of the income of the investment can be specified to reflect your particular area of interest.

Pension Plans

Pension plans, RRSPs, and RRIFs can be donated to the Museum in whole or in part, creating a meaningful donation while also producing a tax credit.

Please consult your financial advisor, lawyer, or estate planner to find out which philanthropic investment strategies are best for you.

Many individuals and families make gifts of personal significance that help sustain the Textile Museum of Canada. Your gift has very tangible results, enabling the Museum to provide access to our global cultural heritage and implement new initiatives that bring attention to the vital significance of culture and creativity around the world.

The Textile Museum of Canada offers a variety of opportunities for corporations to support exhibitions, educational programs, and special events through targeted sponsorships. By becoming a sponsor of one our unique events, your company will make a meaningful connection with diverse, affluent audiences and receive significant marketing and recognition benefits. Please contact our development staff for more information on current sponsorship opportunities.

Securities provide a lasting gift for the Museum while also exempting your donation from capital gains tax. Additionally, a tax receipt for the full value of the gift will be issued which further reduces your tax. A gift of securities can be made by instructing your financial institution to transfer your securities, or a portion of them, to the Textile Museum of Canada.

03. Programs to Support

Melissa Levin Fund

Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award

Melissa Levin (1958–2015) was an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern. This award was established 3 years ago in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists. All winners have become engaged with formal programming at the Museum. Your donation to the fund will help us to provide cash prizes to the winning emerging artists.

Curatorial Research & Exhibition Development

Curatorial Research & Exhibition Development

Exhibition development is a vital component of the Textile Museum of Canada and requires significant financial support. The galleries present a minimum of three exhibitions at a time, enabling curatorial staff to offer exhibitions that are conceived with overlapping themes. Public programming provides links and draws out common areas for discussion. Annual exhibition programs are established with local, regional, national, and international priorities in mind, with a balance of contemporary and historic/ethnographic content. We seek opportunities to introduce contemporary relevance into the interpretive material and programs at an early stage – a process that engages artists, community members, and colleagues for input, expertise, partnerships, and collaborations. You can support this important work with a designated gift to curatorial research and exhibition development.

Collections Care and Development

Collections Care and Development

The collection of the Textile Museum of Canada contains more than 15,000 objects representing more than 200 regions and nearly 2,000 years of history. The collection has grown steadily over the decades, a result of the generous donations of hundreds of donors. The long-term care and stewardship of the collection are primary responsibilities of the Museum. Your gift today will ensure that these wonderful objects are available for study and enjoyment to future generations.

Educational Programs and Outreach Initiatives

Educational Programs and Outreach Initiatives

The Textile Museum of Canada’s award-winning educational initiatives build on our mission to encourage public engagement in arts and culture. Our innovative partnership activities position the Museum as a meaningful destination for cultural engagement. Your support enables us to continue to grow and create new opportunities for active cultural participation for young audiences and lifelong learners.

Become a Member

Get access to free admission, special member events, and more! Become a member and support the Museum today.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Help us support our commitment to sustainable textile practices by donating your unused materials to our textile sales.

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