Individual Support

Help the BSM step into the future. Your Support makes a difference.

Please join us in offering your support to the Bata Shoe Museum. Your generosity will help us continue to create innovative exhibitions, expand our growing collection, engage audiences with thought-provoking programming and enrich the cultural landscape of our communities.

(Charitable registration number – 119215168 R0001)

There are many ways to give your support to the BSM.

Donate to the BSM
You can make a donation to the Bata Shoe Museum using our secure payment system.  As we are a registered non-profit, we are happy to provide you with a tax receipt.

NEW $2500+ Silver Anniversary Patron 
Support at this level provides much needed funding to the museum enabling us to continue to do ground-breaking research and exhibitions and to create innovative new programing. As an exclusive thank you at this level the Bata Shoe Museum would like to send you a complimentary copy of The World at Your Feet. Please note that at this Friends of the BSM level you can also buy additional copies at a 25% discount.  Click here to join our Silver Anniversary Patron Level.

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 artefacts 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 underserved 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.

Planned Giving
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 or call 416-979-7799 x 240.