Support the Art of Canada

Make a charitable donation to the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation.

The McMichael is founded on the very idea of giving. Robert and Signe McMichael donated their home, land, and art collection to the Province of Ontario in 1965, and the gallery has since relied on generous donations, sponsorship and gifts from both the private and public sectors.

Become part of the McMichael family — as a member, as a corporate partner, as a volunteer or docent, or by making a charitable donation through the Foundation to support the gallery’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and exciting range of programs for adults and children.

Four Easy Ways to Donate

All donations of $25 or more are tax receiptable in Canada. Charitable Registration Number: 897703765 RR 0001

Other Ways to Show Your Support

Patrons Circle

Our Patrons Circle is a group of donors who are deeply committed to the Art of Canada. Spend time with other art enthusiasts at a variety of private events designed to engage, educate and inspire. Your generous support ensures excellence in exhibitions and programming at the McMichael.

For more information, please contact:
Roz Heintzman
Associate Director,
Special Projects


Roz Heintzman

Women’s Art Council

The Women’s Art Council provides a forum for women philanthropists with a passion for Canadian art to share their time and talents in support of the exhibitions, programming and capital development of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection — and to bring the McMichael to greater prominence regionally. Additionally, the Council has a specific role to promote and encourage the work of Canadian female artists.

For more information, please contact:
David McBride
Acting Director of Development

905-893-1121 ext 2217

David McBride

picture of a grey textured shape with profiles of two people in centre and two owls peeking out from either side of itIndigenous Art Curatorial Fund

By contributing to the Indigenous Art Curatorial Fund you will be helping the McMichael to support curatorial and research initiatives that are important to the preservation and conservation of work by Canada’s Indigenous artists.

To inquire about how to make your contribution, please contact:
David McBride
Acting Director of Development

905-893-1121 ext 2217

David McBride

Tom Thomson Guitar

Tom Thomson Guitar

Gift of Art

The McMichael greatly appreciates the generosity of donors who wish to make gifts of Canadian art to the collection. The gallery urges any donor considering a gift of art to consult with his or her tax adviser before proposing such a gift.
The McMichael regularly receives offers of donations which, as an Agency of the Government of Ontario, are evaluated according to our rigorous Acquisitions Policy. This policy is guided by professional museum standards set out by the Canadian Museums Association and is approved by the McMichael’s board and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. A range of criteria are used to evaluate each proposed item including:

  • Suitability and appropriateness for the collection (ie. does it fill an identified gap in the collection?)
  • Condition, Storage and Maintenance Requirements
  • Provenance

We are enormously grateful to all those who consider donating works of art to the McMichael, but we must emphasize that many donations, however generous, regrettably cannot be accepted. This in no way reflects the quality of the works on offer and we appreciate your understanding.

To inquire about a proposed gift of art please contact the Head of Collections, Janine Butler, below. Please allow two weeks for acknowledgement of your offer. A full evaluation may take longer depending on the size and complexity of the proposed gift.

Janine Butler
Head of Collections / Registrar
905.893.1121 ext 2252