Giving to the Museum

The Textile Museum of Canada is for all and made possible by you!

We are a self-funded, collaborative, and resourceful museum that relies 100% on annual donations, grants and earned revenue to operate. If you believe in the power of art, object, story, and community voices to help teach us to understand each other and protect our planet, please donate today. With your generous support we can continue to bring our unique textile collection, exhibitions, and programs to the world.

Gifts may be made to our highest priorities, our endowment fund or to the Sarah Quinton Curatorial Fund for Emerging Artists and Curators.

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

Berna Gulmisal
Philanthropy Manager

(416) 599-5321 x 2246


Charitable Registration Number
107756207 RR 0001

01. Individual Giving

The Textile Museum of Canada is a registered charity and accepts individual donations at any time or as part of our annual Supporters membership group.

Your one-time gift will 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 $25 or more is eligible for a tax receipt.

02. Our Funds

Highest Priority

The most important work of the Museum includes everything that fulfills our mission to inspire understanding of the human experience through handmade textiles – from exhibitions, programs, and collection care to our unique in-person and online education and community engagement efforts. Your support helps us continue to connect our global collection to the public in meaningful ways.

Sarah Quinton Curatorial Fund for Emerging Artists and Curators

Inspired by Sarah Quinton’s 28-year legacy of excellence, this newly established fund will support those at the early stages of their careers in arts and culture. Thank you for honouring Sarah’s impact as an anchor in Canada’s cultural landscape. Your donation will help us provide cash prizes to early-career professionals. As The Textile Museum of Canada’s Curatorial Director Emeritus, Sarah Quinton supports the Museum as a crucial part of our community.

The Melissa Levin Fund has been gratefully expended to deserving artists, this new fund will carry on the tradition created in Melissa’s memory by soliciting new donors to replenish support for new and emerging artists and curators.

Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund for the Textile Museum of Canada is managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation and each year, 4%-5% of the income earned is paid out to the Museum to support our operations. The capital investments to this fund may never be eroded. Annually, donors to our Endowment Fund will receive a report on the investment returns and the annual report of the Museum.

03. Ways to Give

Join a growing group of supporters who are keenly engaged in the Museum’s activities and enjoy the benefits year-round.

We have supporter levels at different prices – including student and out-of-town rates. Supporters enjoy free admission year-round, discounts on programs, the Museum Shop, and special events.

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Please contact us to leave a gift in your will to our Future Fund, which is invested with the Ontario Arts Foundation for our long-term sustainability. Bequests of $1 million or more may establish terms for a named endowment fund. Please contact Berna Gulmisal to discuss your options at

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.

Become a Supporter

Get access to free admission, special member events, and more! Become a supporter of 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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