Philanthropic Councils

Members of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's philanthropic councils include individuals with a shared interest in a particular department, community, or way to support the School. Together, these two councils provide vital support for our students, faculty, and departments.

Fashion Council

Established in 2007, the Fashion Council is composed of professionals in the fashion industry, artists, philanthropists, civic leaders, and fashion enthusiasts who support SAIC’s award-winning Department of Fashion Design and its students. The Fashion Council’s philanthropy supports three crucial areas of departmental operations: scholarship support for students studying fashion design, recruitment of visiting designers, and investment in the department’s distinguished Fashion Resource Center.

For more information or to inquire about joining the Fashion Council, please email

Parent & Family Council

The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a group of volunteer ambassadors who facilitate the advancement of SAIC through philanthropic support, leadership, and engagement with the SAIC community. Members demonstrate their support with a minimum annual gift of $2,500 to the Parent & Family Internship Fund, which provides SAIC students with stipends to pursue valuable internships that are unpaid, underpaid, or located in high-cost areas.

Joining the PFC provides members a unique opportunity to hear directly from senior administrators, connect with fellow parents, and advance important initiatives that benefit students.

If you want to learn more about the Parent & Family Council, please contact Lauren Suitors, associate director, parent and family philanthropy, at or 312.499.4193.