Help the BSM step into the future
Charitable donations are crucial to help us stage the exhibitions, educational programs and activities that the museum offers to the public, as well as to maintain our standards of curatorial excellence. Research, conservation and object and library acquisitions all benefit from charitable contributions. Gifts may be undesignated or directed towards exhibition development, the Step Ahead Fund or any other of the museum’s varied projects. Charitable tax receipts are available for all gifts.
There are many ways to give your support to the BSM. Here are just a few:
Donate to the BSM
You can make a donation to the Bata Shoe Museum here, using our secure payment system. As we are a registered non-profit, we are happy to provide you with a tax receipt.
Become a Friend of the BSM
The Bata Shoe Museum’s Friends of the BSM program allows interested individuals to explore the culture and customs of people from around the world through a series of original and changing exhibitions while at the same time supporting the museum. Click here to join or renew the Friends of the BSM program.
Join our Collector’s Circle
Enjoy a relationship with the BSM that will deepen your appreciation of world cultures, heritage and fashion by joining the Collector’s Circle, the museum’s patron program. Click here to join our Collector’s Circle.
Give an Undesignated Gift
Undesignated gifts to the BSM will be used for the areas of greatest need. This may include educational programming, artefact acquisition, curatorial activities, research, publications, and public programming.
Support Exhibition Development
Each year, the BSM presents at least one new, originally-researched exhibition. Exhibitions are developed by the museum’s in-house curatorial team. Great care and attention to detail go into researching, curating and designing exhibitions that are both informative and aesthetically pleasing.
While many of the artifacts in the exhibitions come from the museum’s own collection, the BSM also borrows artefacts from other world-renowned museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other organizations across Canada, the US and Europe.
Support for exhibition development helps us reach new audiences and in disseminating invaluable new research about footwear.
Provide Education Program Support
The Step Ahead Fund subsidizes educational field trips to the museum for children in kindergarten and elementary classes from schools in at-risk neighbourhoods. The planned programming that is part of the field trip lasts an hour and a half. Students participate in a hands-on activity, take a docent-led tour, and engage in a craft such as painting a small wooden clog that they then take home with them.
Funding covers admission for the students and teachers as well as the materials necessary to deliver the program. The program operates at no cost to the participants. The museum contributes staff and volunteer time. Support for this priority goes directly to benefit the children involved.
Learn more about Step Ahead here.
Be a part of the Bata Shoe Museum’s enduring future by making a bequest or other planned gift.
For more information on any of these ways to support the BSM, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-979-7799 x 250.