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RISD's ability to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation relies on the generosity of its donors. Show your support by giving now.

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Ways of giving

RISD is grateful for the support of alumni, parents and friends. Your generosity makes it possible for RISD to deliver the best art and design education in the world. Thank you.

Give Online

Make an online gift, tribute/memorial gift or recurring gift using a credit card on our secure page. RISD gratefully accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Give by Phone

Call toll-free 844 454-1877.

Give by Mail

Office of Institutional Engagement
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903

Give through RISD Payroll Deduction

RISD faculty and staff may donate through payroll deduction by completing this form.

Explore other ways to support RISD

Matching Gifts

Many employers match the donations made by their current and retired employees, which increases the impact of your gift to RISD. Please use this tool to find out if your employer has a matching gift program and learn how to initiate your employer’s matching gift.

Multiyear Pledges and Donor-Advised Funds

By spreading payments over a period of time—typically five years or less—multiyear pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace. Recommending a gift to RISD through your donor-advised fund is another way to give back and diversify your philanthropy.

If you are interested in discussing a major gift or multiyear pledge, or a gift through a donor-advised fund, please contact Sarah Sligo, Director of Individual Giving, at or call 401 454-6469.

Planned Giving

Estate gifts of all sizes remain integral to RISD’s ability to deliver its world-class education in art and design. From creating student scholarships to endowing professorships, donors’ enduring legacies animate every corner of RISD. Whatever your passion, you can inspire future generations of creative leaders, thinkers and makers with a bequest. To learn more about estate or life-income gifts, follow these instructions or contact Sarah Sligo, Director of Individual Giving, at or call 401 454-6469.

Wire and Stock Transfers

Wire your gift to RISD from anywhere in the world and in any currency—subject to limits imposed by US laws and regulations. Please follow these instructions to complete your gift via wire transfer.

Transferring stocks is another impactful way to support RISD. To facilitate your donation through a stock transfer, please consult these instructions.

Questions? Please contact:

Serena Livingston
Associate Director of Advancement Services
Office of Institutional Engagement
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903

call 401 454-6325

Gifts of Art

The RISD Museum welcomes offers to donate works of art, as well as funds to purchase and care for new works. These gifts help to strengthen and broaden the museum’s collections. Please contact the museum’s Development Office at 401 454-6316 for more information on how you can donate to the museum’s collection through an outright gift, bequest or promised gift.

Gifts in Kind

RISD encourages and appreciates gifts in kind, such as industry equipment, studio supplies, library archive collections and other materials that RISD would otherwise need to purchase. Through gifts in kind, supporters help RISD strengthen programs and improve facilities to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. For more information, please contact Amanda Wright, Assistant Director of Donor Relations, at or call 401 454-6708.


There are many ways to give back to RISD. Volunteering your time and expertise helps RISD raise awareness for important initiatives, connect students and alumni and keep our community strong. Volunteering is also a great way to enhance your communication, leadership and organizational skills.


Learn more about ways to get involved both on campus and off. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at or call 401 709-8585.


Members of the Parents’ Council enhance the educational experience for all students through their volunteer outreach, engagement with RISD leaders, and philanthropic support. For information on joining the Parents’ Council, please contact Sarah Sligo at or call 401 454-6469.


Join other students who are passionate about RISD and want to make it better place for the next generation by volunteering for the Student Philanthropy Committee. Please contact or call 401 454-6469 to learn more.

Get in touch

If you have further questions or would like assistance in selecting a path for giving, please contact Sarah Sligo, Director of Individual Giving, at or call 401 454-6469.