Every year the Museum must raise 75% of its annual funding from donations, sponsorships and grants. Without the support of donors like you, our excellent work would not be possible.

Donors, no matter how much they contribute, make a very real difference. You can make a gift of any amount online today - it is secure, immediate and all funds go directly to the Textile Museum of Canada.

If you have any questions about the donation process, please contact:
Caitlin Smith, Development Manager 
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x 2246
Email: csmith@textilemuseum.ca

Giving Options

Melissa Levin Fund


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 fund was established in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists, with generous donations made by family, friends and communities.

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Curatorial Research and Exhibition Development

Wall of mounted crazy quilts

As a core function of the Museum, exhibition development requires significant financial support. The Museum's galleries present a minimum of three exhibitions at a time, enabling curatorial staff to offer exhibitions that are richly conceived with overlapping themes - and public programming likewise provides links and draws out common areas for discussion. Annual exhibition programs are established with local, regional, national and international priorities in mind, with an even balance of contemporary and historic/ethnographic content. When the TMC develops exhibitions of traditional and historic textiles, opportunities are sought 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 collaboration.

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Collections Care and Development

Two hands wearing white conservation gloves measuring an ancient textile

The permanent collection of the Textile Museum of Canada contains more than 13,000 rare and interesting works 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 Museum holds this collection in trust for the people of Canada and its long-term care and stewardship are primary responsibilities of the TMC. Your gift today will ensure that these wonderful objects are available for study and enjoyment to future generations.

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Educational Programs and Outreach Initiatives

Girl looking a Guatemalan blouse

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

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Planned Giving

Detail of a Tee of Life textile

Planned gifts are a unique opportunity to invest in the future of the Textile Museum of Canada. By planning a gift to benefit the TMC, you will leave a lasting legacy attesting to your commitment and passion 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.


There are several forms that a planned gift can take

Bequests: A bequest is a gift made through your will. By remembering the Textile Museum of Canada in your estate plans, you provide a lasting legacy for the TMC and your community. A bequest can be stated as a specific amount or as a percentage of your estate for which your will receive a tax receipt reflecting the full value of your gift.

Life Insurance: The donation of a life insurance policy allows you to plan a significant gift to the TMC without affecting the value of current estate assets. You can transfer ownership of a new or existing policy to the TMC 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 TMC. The purpose of the income of the investment can be specified to reflect your particular values and areas of interest.

Pension Plans: Pension plans, RRSPs, and RRIFs can be gifted to the TMC 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.

Other Ways of Giving

Major Gifts

Many individuals and families can 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.


Gift of Securities

Securities provide a lasting gift for the Museum while also exempting your donation from tax on the capital gains. 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 thereof, to the TMC.


Matching Funds

Matching gifts are a great way to maximize your impact on the Textile Museum of Canada. 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.


Corporate Sponsorships

The Textile Museum of Canada offers a variety of opportunities for corporations to support exhibitions, educational programs, and special events through targeted sponsorships. By partnering with the TMC as 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.


The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit

The FDSC is a new temporary credit available from 2013-2017 to a first-time donor as a supplement to the existing charitable donations tax credit (CDTC). The FDSC is applicable to donations up to $1,000. A 40% federal credit will be allowed for donations of $200 or less and a 54% federal credit will be allowed for donations over $200 but not exceeding $1,000. More information can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency website at: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2013/qa01-eng.html

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If you have any questions about the donation process, please contact:
Caitlin Smith, Development Manager 
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x 2246
Email: csmith@textilemuseum.ca



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Natalia Nekrassova's Retirement Celebration and Curatorial Endowment Fund Launch


TICKETS: $200.00 with charitable tax receipt valued at $135.00

LOCATION: University Club of Toronto, 380 University Ave.

We are excited to be hosting an event to celebrate the legacy of Natalia Nekrassova's curatorial accomplishments, and to launch the Textile Museum of Canada's Curatorial Endowment Fund.

The Curatorial Endowment Fund will provide dedicated funds to support future curatorial excellence at the Museum. Proceeds from the event will support this Fund.

For more information, please contact development at development@textilemuseum.ca or 416-599-5321 x2246