ROM Governors

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ROM Governors

In ways both big and small, philanthropy shapes the ROM

Susan Horvath

Susan Horvath 
ROM Governors
President & CEO

Be first to meet Zuul! ROM Patrons and Corporate Members were among the first to experience Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, supported by Presenting Sponsor Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc. Exhibition previews are just one of the special perks of being a ROM Patron.

I am incredibly fortunate to work 50 footsteps away from the ROM’s stunning galleries. Even on my busiest days, I make a point to engage with a different object that tells a layered, meaningful story.

With every tiny fossil or pottery shard that is carefully catalogued, ROM experts and supporters help to steward the world’s artistic, cultural, and natural heritage for future generations. Our collection of 13 million objects is a legacy of how our ancestors thought and lived, a testament to the plants and animals they collected and used, and a beautiful record of the art they created and valued.

Many of us associate “legacy giving” with leaving a gift to a family member or institution in a will, which is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways of making an indelible mark on your Museum. We recently began a new Lives & Legacies series (pdf), introducing you to Wendy and Leslie Rebanks, whose gift is enabling post-doctoral students to learn from the ROM’s world-class curators—a powerful educational legacy she is witnessing first-hand.

ROM Governor Jeff Willner is also beginning his incredible legacy at the ROM with a recent $5-million donation to establish the Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life. His remarkable generosity is enabling the ROM to create a new and permanent palaeontology gallery that tells the fascinating story of how life began on Earth.

I hope you feel inspired by these diverse stories of giving, and I invite you to reimagine the ways you too may create a legacy of ROM memories for yourself, your family, and your community.




Inside the ROM Governors

Patrons at an exclusive party at the museum.Become a Corporate Member ►

Reward your employees with exclusive benefits such as free admission, exhibitions previews, special events and behind-the-scenes tours. 

Estate Planning 101Estate Planning 101 ►

Charitable gift planning can help families become better stewards of their wealth, reduce or eliminate taxes, and leave a lasting legacy.


Making a Difference

A Historic Gift
A Historic Gift ►

In 2017, The Slaight Family Foundation announced a $12M donation to be shared by the ROM and 14 other not-for-profit organizations committed to improving the well-being of Indigenous populations. 

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of LifeLandmark $5 million donation ►

A transformational gift from Dan Mishra, a Toronto philanthropist and entrepreneur, is ushering in a new era of South Asian art and culture at the ROM.