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
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation was created in 1997, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Delorme, O.C.,O.Q., C.R., (1934–2006). Together, the twenty founding patrons, known as the Founding Partners’ Circle, provided the Foundation’s first endowment fund in support of the National Gallery.
The NGC Foundation is grateful to its Founding Partners’ Circle:
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.
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: