Ways to Give

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, we are committed to expanding financial support that ensures all emerging creatives are fully resourced from their first day of classes to graduation, and beyond. When you give to SAIC, you decrease barriers to a world-class art and design education and ensure that students have the academic support, wellness resources, and internship opportunities they need to thrive.

Join our dynamic community of supporters today by investing in the next generation of artists, designers, and scholars.

Give Online

Make an online gift, including memorial and tribute gifts, using a credit card on our secure page.

Give by Phone

Call the Office of Advancement at 312.499.4190 to make your gift over the phone.

Give by Mail

Make your check payable to "School of the Art Institute of Chicago," and indicate the designation of your gift in the memo line. Your donation can be mailed to:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Office of Advancement
116 S. Michigan Ave., 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Give through SAIC Payroll Deduction

Current members of SAIC’s faculty or staff interested in giving through recurring payroll deductions can contact givetosaic@saic.edu for further details on how to set up a plan.

Give through Wire, ACH, and Stock Transfers

Wire your gift, make an Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment, or transfer stocks to make a gift to SAIC. Donations of this kind are accepted from anywhere in the world and in any currency, subject to limits imposed by US laws and regulations.

To donate via wire transfer, ACH, or stock transfer, please consult our SAIC Giving Instructions.

Donor Advised Funds

Diversify your philanthropic giving by recommending a gift to SAIC through your donor-advised fund. If you are interested in discussing a gift through a donor-advised fund, please contact givetosaic@saic.edu.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match the donations made by their current and retired employees, which increases the impact of your gift to SAIC. For questions regarding matching gifts, please contact museumDR@artic.edu.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts, regardless of size, help SAIC deliver a world-class art and design education. Your planned gift provides students with the tools and resources necessary to create, experiment, and push the boundaries of their own art making. You can make a philanthropic gift to SAIC with a bequest in your will or trust, or through other planned gifts such as retirement accounts and life insurance policy beneficiary designations. To learn more about planned giving, please consult our Planned Giving Instructions or contact givetosaic@saic.edu

Gifts In Kind

SAIC appreciates gifts in kind, such as industry equipment, library archive collections, and other materials that strengthen our teaching and learning community.

SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center accepts a number of publications and print materials as well as garments and accessories as gifts in kind. Please contact FRC@saic.edu to discuss potential in-kind gifts.

SAIC’s John M. Flaxman Library also accepts a very limited number of publications as gifts in kind. These typically include works by or about the School, our faculty, or alums; gifts from our teaching faculty that support the curriculum; or highly unusual materials relevant to the School's history or curriculum. Please contact flaxman@saic.edu to discuss potential in-kind gifts in these categories.

Contact Us

Office of Advancement

116 S. Michigan Ave., 5th floor, 
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312.499.4190