Please donate to TMC’s future programs this holiday season!

Dear Friends of the Textile Museum of Canada,

Looking back over the past year, I am truly inspired by the many accomplishments of the Textile Museum of Canada’s dedicated staff, volunteers, and Trustees in developing unique encounters with our fabulous textile collection through exhibitions, digitally and in print.

Last year’s highlights continued to reflect our commitment to creating narratives that profile Canada’s own history as well as exploring vital cultural histories that inform craft, design and art today. For me, one of the high spots was the exhibition, Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs, generated from the TMC’s extensive Canadian collection and introducing the expressions of contemporary artists working in the medium. Accompanied by a beautifully designed catalogue, Home Economics will be touring the country through 2017.

Our curators, supported by TMC’s educators and volunteers, continued to demonstrate the Museum’s mission to develop the next generation of artists and museum professionals. Bliss: Gardens Real and Imagined was a cultural exploration of stunning floral imagery from across nations and generations; Lyn Carter: 11th Line was a major installation inspired by the artist’s home and personal landscapes; and Eutopia, a challenging and powerful exhibition, foregrounded social idealism, activism and educational insights from multiple cultures and societies.

I am also very excited about our new, successful fundraising initiative, the Tapestry Series. Hosted and funded by individual board members, these unique social events highlight the cultural and artistic reach of our global textile collection.

With each exhibition, we offer a creative mix of learning opportunities, delivered through the dedication of our volunteers and the generous contributions of many friends and patrons. Alongside more than 30,000 annual visitors, the Museum welcomes over 5,000 young participants who engage in creative hands-on activities through school visits, family drop-in programs, social outreach initiatives and special partnerships.

As another year comes to a close, we are writing to invite you to consider making a donation to our future programs this holiday season. Your support will resonate with families and individuals across the city and beyond as we embark on another exciting decade. Each gift will be recognized with a charitable tax receipt; donors of $1000 and more will join the TMC Patron’s Circle, and receive a set of TMC’s recent exhibition catalogues. To donate by phone and for more information please call 416-599-5321 x2246 or email Or, you can donate online at

Thank you very much for your consideration and support.

Adrienne Hood

Chair, Board of Trustees

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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:
Monika Sormova, Development Coordinator
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x 2246



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Giving Options

Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Program

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is honoured to announce the launch of the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Program in memory of the renowned Toronto-based artist who died October 27, 2015. Born in the United States, Melissa Levin lived in Chicago and San Francisco before moving to Toronto. An artist, filmmaker, documentarist and teacher, she has been a prolific and award-winning chronicler and satirist of urban lesbian lifestyles since 1997. Often featuring Levin's partner, visual artist Nina Levitt, her works have been presented in festivals and galleries around the world. In 2000 she was the recipient of Toronto's VTape award for the Best Emerging Video Artist, and since then has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

With her background as a textile and costume designer, Melissa Levin's love of pattern and colour is apparent through her extensive and idiosyncratic collection of vintage textiles, clothing, housewares, jewelry and kitsch. Her generosity and creativity will live on in support of a new generation of artists whose work will continue to challenge and delight. “The Textile Museum of Canada is honoured to share Melissa’s legacy of artistic curiosity and exploration,” says Executive Director Shauna McCabe, “Through the initiative of Nina Levitt, this program will be a reflection of Melissa’s passion for mentoring young artists in all disciplines.” The fund will support a customized program of research at the TMC, including access to the library and a permanent collection of over 13,000 global artifacts, exposing emerging artists to new worlds of inspiration through materiality and design.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Program by contacting or calling 416-599-5321 x2246. Donations can also be made online. Donate Now

The Anne Angus Contemporary Program Fund

Detailed view of a Tree of Life textile

Anne Angus was a very dear friend of the Textile Museum of Canada. From the very early years of the Museum, Anne demonstrated her passion for textiles by tirelessly volunteering in all areas of activity and was instrumental in the major fundraising activities of the TMC Volunteer Committee. We are indebted to Anne for her role in shaping the Museum.

Anne had a particular love for contemporary textile art. In 2002, the Angus family established the Anne Angus Contemporary Program Fund in Anne's memory. This act of generosity and partnership won an award of merit from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

The Fund provides ongoing support for our growing contemporary program and we are actively seeking contributions from donors with an interest in the work of Canadian and international fibre artists.

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Curatorial Research and Exhibition Development

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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

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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

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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:

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If you have any questions about the donation process, please contact:
Monika Sormova, Development Coordinator
Phone: (416) 599-5321 x 2246