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.

Interested in becoming a Supporter? Learn more here.

Please note the current year’s tax receipts will be sent in February of the following year.

Interested in donating to our collection? Learn more here or contact collections@textilemuseum.ca

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

(416) 599-5321 x 95 philanthropy@textilemuseum.ca

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.

To donate, click the link below and select Textile Museum from the drop down menu

03. Ways to Give

Whether ancestral reclamation or longing for home from the diaspora, textiles elicit multiple meanings, and play multifaceted roles in peoples’ lives—as material of comfort, ways of connecting to family, and marking moments of social and political change. During the rapidly changing landscape of the country now called Canada, we invited members of the community to reflect on works from the Museum’s collection that spoke to them, as part of the first installation in the Museum’s new collection gallery. 

This significant initiative will transform the visitor experience on our second floor. All gifts may be pledged over a five-year period to accommodate generous donor support as well as allowing us to plan confidently into the future.  A gift pledged by August 10 will receive recognition on the first installation of the donor gallery wall at the entrance to the new Collection Gallery.  After this date additional or new donors receive recognition when the gallery rotates items (typically every six months).  This ongoing multi-year and visionary support is critical to achieving our mission into the future. 

Donor Opportunities

Gift Agreement

Join the Friends of the Collection Gallery

We invite you to weave your legacy into the Textile Museum of Canada’s tapestry through a planned gift.

Sample Bequest Wording
Sample Codicil

Endowment Funds

Consider leaving 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.

Visit the Ontario Art Foundation and when making a donation please select “Textile Museum of Canada Arts Endowment Fund” to direct your gift.

Pension Plans

Many people pay more income tax in their year of death than they do in any year during their lifetime. This may be due to additional income created by a deemed disposition of certain assets on death, as well as inclusion into income of registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) or registered retirement income funds (RRIFs), especially if there is no spouse as the designated beneficiary.

Gifts made through RRSPs and RRIFs are a popular way to eliminate or greatly reduce the deferred tax burden owing on these funds at the time of death.

Sample Beneficiary Designation and Successor Annuitant Form

Please contact Berna Gulmisal for more information on ways to leave a lasting impact at bgulmisal@textilemuseum.ca

You can make a big impact by donating securities.

Making a gift of publicly traded stocks, bonds, and other securities is a tax-smart and easy way to support the Textile Museum of Canada. All direct gifts of securities are exempt from the capital gains tax, making them a popular donation vehicle.

As a reminder, if you are planning to make a gift of securities in 2023, we encourage you to send your completed form by December 9 to ensure settlement before year’s end.

Download our form here

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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