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Our RISD community is a powerhouse of passionate people who not only make things, but make things happen. RISD is known for being rigorous, and it is for a reason. We want every RISD student to realize their extraordinary potential and share their gifts with the world. The RISD Fund makes it all possible with your support. This is where you can affect change where it matters most and empower RISD to be ready for what’s most urgent. Tuition and fees only account for a portion of our annual budget, so the RISD Fund is essential to meet our vision and goals. Now is the time to invest in our incredible artists, designers, builders, makers and dreamers.

Immediate needs and priorities

Now more than ever, RISD must respond in real-time to the needs of our community. Designating your donation here allows RISD to direct support to where it is most needed.

support urgent needs

Student financial aid

In the past decade, the number of students who qualify for federal aid has jumped by 57 percent. Your gift can help make RISD a reality for talented students with limited means.

support scholarships

Tools for teaching and learning

Innovations in educational technology are paving the way for new methods of instruction and artistic expression. Direct your support here to maximize the student-faculty connection.

support innovation

Social justice and equity

A multifaceted endeavor that will further diversify our community and curriculum, tackle systemic reform and promote critical discourse. Let’s elevate our ideals with tangible actions.

support equal access

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Get in touch

Please call toll-free 844 454-1877 or email for more information about how you can support the RISD Fund and direct your gift to support what matters most to you.

Other opportunities to give

Support our students

Increase scholarships and fellowships and advance social equity so students with limited financial means can benefit from all that a RISD education has to offer.

Invest in faculty excellence

Support the extraordinary teachers and makers who are shaping RISD’s next generation of artists and designers.

Empower campus transformation

Build the best environment for learning and making by investing in RISD’s studio, classroom, gathering and living spaces.