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.     


Patrons explore the ROM's Chinese collections

A celebrated collector and benefactor of Asian art, Robert Ellsworth will forever advance new acquisitions and knowledge at the ROM through a $10.3-million bequest.

ROM curators change the way we understand and experience our evolving world. Meet one of our newest world experts!

A man and a woman look intently at Japanese art

Building on generous support from the Bishop White Committee, the ROM is seeks to endow a permanent curatorial presence for Japanese art and culture as well as to digitize this incredible collection.

Kids at St. Albans Boys and Girls Club mine for gems and minerals using satellite imaging technology.

ROM In My Backyard is a new budding space in the hub of two Boys and Girls Club communities, where kids engage with the ROM, thanks to our supporters. 

Martha Hogarth accepts the Lieutenant Governor's Distinguished Service Award

Close to 500 members of the ROM family attended our annual Chairs’ Reception on May 4, 2016, celebrating our exceptional donors, patrons, sponsors and volunteers.

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.