Supporting A World-Class Gallery

In 1997, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation was established as a non-profit registered charity that cultivates private support in Canada and abroad, raising capital, and managing and increasing both expendable funds and an endowment, for the benefit of the National Gallery of Canada. With the support of the federal government, and private patronage from donors, the Gallery’s collections and programs were founded upon, and continue to be sustained by, an ongoing spirit of public-private partnership.

To date, the NGC Foundation has raised more than $60 million in financial contributions and has generated $20 million in earned revenue from sponsorships, membership, and investment income. We are also proud to have facilitated donations of art valued in excess of $40 million and the establishment of more than 25 endowments and special project funds in support of research and acquisitions.

The NGC Foundation enjoys an active engagement with its donors, whose exemplary generosity has fostered the preservation, display, and understanding of a world-class collection of visual art.

Charitable Registration Number:  87 858 0240 RR0001

Recent Highlights

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation actively supports the development of Canada’s national art collection through strategic purchases and donations. By building a family of dedicated patrons, the Foundation significantly expands the financial capacity of the Gallery to support vital initiatives, including acquisitions, scholarly research, exhibitions, education and other innovative programs.

Priority Projects

The cultural mission and dynamic programs of the National Gallery of Canada are made possible through the generosity of our donors, and are facilitated by the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.

Information on all fundraising priorities in three key segments of Gallery operations (Art Collections, Public Programs, and Special Projects and Research) are outlined in our Priority Funding Guide.

Fundraising & Donor Events

Board of Directors


For 135 years, the National Gallery of Canada has been the nation’s pre-eminent showcase of achievement in the visual arts in Canada and around the world. The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is responsible for ensuring private patronage, promoting our cultural heritage, and providing support towards fulfillment of the Gallery’s mission.

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a national, non-profit registered charity under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporation Act (CNCA). Governed by an elected Board of Directors drawn from across Canada, and comprising volunteer leaders and exceptional philanthropists, including major donors to the Gallery, its principal aim is to raise and maintain funds in support of the Gallery and its collections and programs.

The Foundation’s highly active and engaged Board works closely with the Foundation’s Administration, and has dedicated Executive, Audit, Investment, Fundraising, Stewardship, and Planned Giving committees that contribute immensely to the management and direction of the Foundation’s work. In addition, the American Friends of the NGC is governed by Thomas d’Aquino, Chair; Peter G. Restler, Secretary; and Michael Adams, Director.

Read More in the 2014–2015 Annual Report

Our Pledge

Each year, donors to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation provide support to collection expansion, curatorial and technical research, national touring programs and other key activity areas at the Gallery. Thank you!

To ensure that our donors and prospective donors have full and ongoing confidence in the National Gallery of Canada Foundation (“the Foundation”), we make the following commitments:

  1. To strive to raise the profile of the National Gallery of Canada, nationally and internationally. In particular, to support the Gallery’s vision to bring the national collections to all Canadians, from coast to coast, and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
  1. To clearly describe our mission and fundraising priorities, and to update these annually in strategic consultation with the National Gallery of Canada.
  1. To become a recognized leader in philanthropy in the art museum sector, with innovative collection development strategies.
  1. To provide a thoughtful stewardship program for the Foundation, designed to cultivate long-term donor relationships and to recognize donors’ generosity in an appropriate manner.
  1. To identify members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and to make available the most recent financial statements of the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
  1. To provide tax receipts for the full value of all charitable donations, and to provide customized Deed of Gift agreements for all gifts in excess of $100,000. (Deed of Gift agreements are also available upon request for gifts below $100,000.)
  1. To manage specially designated restricted funds for the purposes for which they were given, and to issue annual fund summary reports where relevant.
  1. To manage invested funds with rigorous financial oversight, and with the services of a professional financial investment management firm.
  1. To offer confidential donation services and gift management, to the extent provided by law. To manage confidential personal data, including addresses and contact information with discretion, and to seek permission to transmit personal information to any third-party organization working with the Foundation.
  1. To ensure that all communication from the Foundation and the Gallery is prompt, courteous, and professional.