philanthropy

Recollections from Our Centennial Partner

Victor Dodig, Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC, recalls his very first visit to the ROM. He explains what the relationship has meant to him over the years, and celebrates ROM's continuing connection to its bank.

painting of Sarah Warren

A Prominent Woman

Mrs Warren was the only woman on the first Board of Trustees and she served for 40 years. When her husband died unexpectedly in 1909, she took over the running of his company.

blueprint of planetarium dome

An Unexpected Visitor

[Chief Mineralogist Dr. Vic] Meen was in Teheran when an unexpected visitor appeared at my office door in October 1964. He seemed inconsequential: a short, elderly man in a grey overcoat.

Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

Robert Barnett, Board Secretary, remembers what Mr. Goodman accomplished during his term as Board Chair.

Funding Renaissance ROM

William Thorsell credits the people and the climate that made the project possible for the ROM and for Toronto. 

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ROM's Champion

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university.

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90th Birthday

A birthday party with cake and balloons is also the chance to announce that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Hilary and Galen Weston will each donate $20 million to Renaissance ROM.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony

At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive the shovel.

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Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

Hilary Weston leads the fundraising campaign, which will restore the heritage architecture and build "the crystal". She announces a gift of $30 million from Michael Lee Chin, the largest gift to a museum in Canadian history.

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"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

Louise Hawley Stone leaves a $45 million trust fund to support the purchase of artifacts and specimens and to support museum publications.

An Important Benefactor

Louise Hawley Stone donates $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position, a chair in Far Eastern Art named for her. (In 2013 there are 8 endowed curatorships)

ROM Foundation Establshed

The Foundation is established to be responsible for all philanthropic activities in support of the Museum's highest priorities.

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A Wonderful Gift

Herman Hertzog Levy leaves $15 million for the purchase of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, and sculpture. He has already donated many marvellous objects from his own collections.

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John McNeill, Director, 1990 -1997

John McNeill is appointed Director. Coming to Toronto from a professorship in botany at the University of Ottawa, he has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.Here he speaks of his mandate.

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Campaign for Gallery Development

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club is established for donors. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)

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George Crofts and the Chinese collections

One day, Currelly was showing a distinguished visitor around at the end of the day. Thus he missed another caller, who left a card. Seeing the name of George Crofts on that card, Currelly tracked him to the King Edward Hotel.

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Canadiana Building

Sigmund Samuel, who has been an important donor as well as a collector in his own right, pays for a building to house the fine and decorative art and rare books that he has donated, as well as the provincial archives.

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The Bishop White Committee

Louise Hawley Stone founds the Bishop White Committee, which still exists. It was the prototype for "Friends of ...." various departments. Every year there is a festive banquet (a few teacups are on view here) and an inspiring speaker.

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Children Fundraise

As a Centennial project (Canada's 100th) Toronto school children raise funds for a protoceratops specimen. Publicity for this project is typical of the new ways of community building.

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Run for the ROM

Staff initiated 24 hour relay run to raise $83,000 for the ROM's 70th birthday.  A favourite stop for the athletes was the ROM BBQ which kept them fueled throughout the day (and night). The Run was reinstated in 2012.