Joe Fafard
Running Horses, 2007
laser cut steel, 10 12 m installation width
Purchased 2008 with the generous support of the Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Photo © National Gallery of Canada


The FoundationFounded in 1997, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to supporting the Gallery.

The Foundation is made up of a family of visionary, entrepreneurial and publicly spirited philanthropists who wish to invest in Canada’s cultural heritage. From general art enthusiasts to highly specialized collectors and donors; it is a varied and dynamic group.

We welcome gifts of art, grants, endowments and bequests from individuals, families, corporations, foundations and other organizations.

Since its creation, the Foundation has raised more than $30 million and generated $20 million in earned revenue from sponsorships, membership and investment income. More than 25 endowments and special project funds have been established in support of research and acquisitions.

The funding priorities of the Foundation fall into three streams: Collections; Programs and Exhibitions; and Special Projects and Research.

The following are some of our many endowment and funding opportunities:


  • Acquisition of masterpieces
  • Naming of Curatorial positions

Programs and Exhibitions:

  • Sponsorship of specific exhibitions
  • The Art Network: Cross-Canada outreach and travelling exhibitions

Special Projects and Research:

  • Restoration and conservation of works of art
  • Educational programs
  • Canadian representation at the Venice Biennale
  • Technical innovation and new media projects
  • Internships and research fellowships
  • Acquisition and preservation of rare books, historical and research documents for the NGC Library

The Foundation works with donors and collectors to develop customized partnerships for giving both works of art and financial support. Philanthropists can help enrich the national art collection through strategic purchases and donations. They can help build our financial capacity to support research, special exhibitions, education and other innovative programs.

While non-designated financial support offers the Gallery and the Foundation the greatest flexibility, donations may also be directed to designated areas of special interest.