Friends groups are Associated Committees of the ROM's Department of Museum Volunteers and have been an enthusiastic and engaged presence in the Museum for many years. The first group, Bishop White Committee, was founded in 1960. Since then other groups have been established.
Made up of people who have a strong interest in the collections and research, the Friends work with ROM staff to enrich the visitor experience with educational and cultural programs. Fundraising in support of acquisitions and research is another element of their work. Annually, each group, in consultation with curatorial staff, decides the focus of its fundraising efforts for the year. At the end of the year, donors are invited to a presentation at which the funds are turned over to the Curators.