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RISD Community

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. 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. 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

  3. 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 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 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.

  1. From sponsored studios and exhibitions to support for research labs and courses, corporations have made important investments in art and design education at RISD. Some of RISD's partners include:

    Logos of corporations that have contributed to RISD

    • Cessna
    • Chronicle Books
    • ESPN
    • Fabricut
    • General Electric
    • Hasbro
    • JC Penny
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Kikkerland Design, Inc.
    • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    • LEGO Education
    • Levi Strauss & Company
    • Maharam
    • MASS Design Group
    • MassMutual
    • Nike
    • P’kolino
    • Saint-Gobain
    • Samsung
    • Sotheby’s
    • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    • Steinway & Sons
    • Swarovski
    • Temes S.A.
    • Textron, Inc.
    • Toshiba
    • Unilever
    • VELUX
  2. RISD is grateful for the many foundation grants that have helped to advance our mission. Support from local, national and international foundations has been essential to the growth of the college, the RISD Museum and Continuing Education programs:

    • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    • Angell Foundation
    • Champlin Foundation
    • Environmental Bamboo Foundation
    • Foundation for Luso-American Development
    • George I. Alden Trust
    • Hope Foundation
    • Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation
    • Rhode Island Foundation
    • van Beuren Charitable Foundation
    • William Randolph Hearst Foundation
  3. RISD is proud to partner with a wide variety of foundations and corporations who play an important role in advancing our mission. Find below opportunities to learn more about and partner with our creative community.

  4. If your corporation or foundation is interested in partnering with RISD, please contact:

    toll-free: 844 454-1877
    phone: 401 454-6325

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: 401 454-6325