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A painting of Krishna fluting (artist unknown) from the early 19th century. This acquisition was made possible with the support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund.

Educate and inspire future generations

Gift planning helps you achieve your financial goals while also supporting the meaningful work of the Museum. For nearly 100 years, the ROM has been an indispensable resource for building community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. With a gift in your will, you help the ROM educate, inspire and entertain visitors for another century.

As our communities become even more diverse, the ROM must have resources to attract new audiences and educate the next generation about the ever-changing natural and cultural worlds. Your contribution helps build a healthy financial future for the ROM, allowing it to conserve and expand its collections, build educational experiences and enrich the lives of all Canadians.

By committing to a future gift to the ROM you can:

Anyone making a promised gift to the ROM is invited to become a member of the Charles Trick & Ada Mary Currelly Society with access to curators, tours, lectures and an annual luncheon.

For more information on ways you can make a lasting impact at the ROM please contact Janice Correa, Director, Legacy & Leadership Gifts, at 416.586.5578 or

Louise’s Story - Patron, donor, friend, museum-builder

The public may best know Louise Hawley Stone as the person who left a charitable trust of nearly $50 million to the Royal Ontario Museum—which remains to date the largest bequest in the ROM’s history.

At the time of Louise’s passing, the initial reaction to the gift was astonishment and excitement. However, when you consider the extraordinary time, energy, artifacts and money Louise gave to the Museum during her lifetime, her final bequest can be seen as the culmination o f her dedication.

Louise dedicated her life to the world of museums and is widely regarded as the ROM’s first volunteer. Born in Toronto, Louise moved to New York City in 1929 where she discovered what made museums truly great. She said, “I became very jealous of the wonderful endowments that the American museums had … so I thought that, if I ever was back here, I would certainly try to do something about it.”

During her lifetime, she donated almost 3,000 objects to the ROM and funded the Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art—the first fully endowed chair in a Canadian museum.

In 1992, she created the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust for the ROM, and bequeathed her fortune to the trust upon her passing. The Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, with the ROM as beneficiary, was created such that the capital fund will never be diminished; only the interest is available for spending. In this way, the Trust provides a never-ending stream of income for the purchase of artifacts and specimens and the publication of books and other media based on the ROM’s world-class collections.

Today, the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust generates over $2 million annually for the Museum and, to date, has granted over $25 million dollars in support of acquisitions and publications at the Museum.