Resources And Benefits For Donors
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.
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
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 Families Association Leadership 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leadership donors who support RISD with gifts of $2,500 or more each year to the RISD Fund.
Legacy donors who demonstrate their commitment to RISD by incorporating the college and/or museum into their estate plans.
Loyalty donors who have given to RISD in any amount for three consecutive years or more.