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Resources for Donors

RISD is grateful to all who support it. Our community is essential as RISD sets the global standard of excellence for art and design education. Learn more below about what matters most to you.

  1. Alumni

    RISD’s alumni are more than 30,000 strong and live in communities around the world. Many generously donate time, energy, passion and financial support to RISD. Alumni are vital partners in supporting such RISD priorities as financial aid, faculty and academic programs, and enhanced studio spaces, as well as in forming creative networks that build art and design communities around the world.

    Visit the alumni website
    Learn how you can volunteer
    Search for new opportunities at RISD Careers
    Explore the intersection of design, business and culture with RISD Executive Education
    Keep learning with RISD Continuing Education
    Join RISD Museum or give a membership as a gift

  2. Families

    RISD families come from many different cultures, but they share a commitment to ensuring that RISD students have the best possible experience in the studio, in the classroom and in their lives on and off campus. The support of RISD families provides a margin of excellence that helps students build their foundation for lifelong success in their creative lives.

    Discover giving opportunities that support students
    Make a gift to the RISD Fund
    Learn about the Parents’ Council and other ways to volunteer
    Hire RISD students and graduates
    Join RISD Museum or give a membership as a gift

    Learn more about Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD

  3. Students

    Every year, approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students come to RISD from around the world. Students are a creative force here—making new works of art, designing new tools, building community, advocating for social change and asking hard questions. Each generation of students enriches RISD and helps it to grow and thrive.

    Students make vital contributions to RISD’s annual fundraising efforts by becoming callers for the RISD Fund. Phonathon students call alumni, parents and friends to connect them with current events, answer questions about life on campus and obtain financial support for the RISD Fund.

    If you love RISD, have great conversational skills and a team-work mentality, apply here. For more information, contact the RISD Fund at giving@risd.edu or call 401 454-6469.

    Learn more about Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD

    Find employment and internships at RISD Careers

  4. Faculty and Staff

    Faculty and staff invest time and talent every day to make RISD the best it can be. They help to educate tomorrow’s creative leaders, create a welcoming environment, inspire innovation and transform lives. Numbering more than 1,000, faculty and staff are integral to the RISD community, and their commitment advances RISD’s mission.

    Make a gift online
    Donate through payroll deduction
    Did you attend RISD? Visit the alumni website
    Learn more about Social Equity and Inclusion at RISD

  5. Corporations and Foundations

    The founding of RISD in 1877 emerged from a creative engagement with industry. One of RISD’s first courses was Mechanical Drawing and Design, which prepared students to work as designers and machinists in the local jewelry, silver, textiles and tool industries. RISD continues to partner with a wide array of corporations who sponsor studios, offer internships and provide philanthropic support. RISD also has partnered with foundations to match their funding interests with RISD’s programs and priorities. Over the years, foundations have made capital investments in campus buildings, funded new academic programs, supported student scholarships and fellowships, and helped RISD advance critical priorities.

    Learn more about how RISD partners with corporation and foundations

  6. Government

    RISD maintains productive relationships with local, state and federal agencies and benefits from a range of grants and partnerships that advance RISD’s mission and engagement with the public sector.

    Learn more about government partnerships

Donor Recognition Societies

As one of the first independent colleges of art and design in the US—incorporated on March 22, 1877 as both a school and museum, RISD has been a home for creative and thoughtful makers who want to pursue their artistic dreams. We honor our founding, our people and the history of this special place by naming a recognition society for each. These societies celebrate and thank our philanthropic supporters who are continuing the tradition of generosity upon which RISD was founded.

RISD acknowledges members of its donor family through offers of membership in giving societies that correspond with three categories of philanthropic support: loyalty, leadership and legacy. Each mode of giving has a distinct and profound impact on the institution, and each has a special significance to our donors. We seek to honor our donors and their impact by inviting them to join a giving society that recognizes their generosity distinctly.

1877 Society

Leadership donors who support RISD with gifts of $2,500 or more each year to the RISD Fund.

Metcalf Society

Legacy donors who demonstrate their commitment to RISD by incorporating the college and/or museum into their estate plans.

Centennial Society

Loyalty donors who have given to RISD in any amount for three consecutive years or more.

Get in Touch

If you would like to learn more about the many ways you can give to RISD, please contact us:

toll-free: 844 454-1877
phone: 401 454-6403
email: giving@risd.edu