ROM Governors

Inspiring Stories

Celebrating your philanthropy

Many of us are familiar with the expression ‘the people make the place’ and nowhere is this truer than at the ROM. The Museum would not be a world-class cultural institution without the generous support of so many individuals, families and corporations. Here are just a few stories of ROM volunteers and donors who have gone above and a beyond.     


Mother and baby polar bear on ice

The ROM proudly hosted the Canadian premiere of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, generously presented by Quark Expeditions.

Six ROM volunteers around a table, laughing

As dedicated members of the Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV), Rodger and Joann McLennan led countless ROM tours over the past 20 years, enrapturing visitors with their infectious enthusiasm.

Armchair and vase

“The ROM was a regular topic of conversation while we were growing up. Mom’s passion for learning instilled a sense of curiosity and love of history and art in each of us. Now it’s our turn to say thank you.”

We sat down with Keith Thomson to talk about how charitable gift planning can help families become better stewards of their wealth, reduce or eliminate taxes, and leave a lasting legacy.

The School Visits Bursary Program puts learning into children’s hands, inviting them to handle real objects and artifacts, and to engage with passionate experts.

Inspired by a passionate ROM volunteer, the new IARTS Textiles of India Fund will celebrate the splendour and influence of Indian textile arts in perpetuity.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) proudly congratulates Hatch as the 2015 recipient of Outstanding Corporation Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Philanthropy Awards.

ROM Friends
With the help of volunteers and curators, ROM Friends raise awareness and understanding of the incredible stories behind the Museum’s collections. 
Ford and Peroni activations at the ROM.

The ROM is proud to partner with Ford of Canada and Peroni Nastro Azzurro to create original activations that speak to this key audience.

Aquamarine and Muscovite in Quartz

The ROM is grateful to BMO Financial Group for an extraordinary $1M gift in support of the Kirwin Collection initiative.