annual appeal

Make Your Gift to the Annual Appeal Today

SFAI has been a magnet for contemporary fine artists for 141 years—attracting and engaging new creative visionaries every day.

As a nonprofit institution, we depend on the generosity of contributors to serve students, alumni, faculty, and the public as both an international leader in fine arts education and as a vital convening place for arts communities in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Become a partner in this mission:

Ways to Give

SFAI Development Office
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Call 415.749.4516

Provide Scholarship Assistance

In 2011-2012, 83% of SFAI students benefitted from financial assistance. Your gift will help SFAI recruit and retain outstanding artists, support a student body with diverse ideas and experiences, and keep high quality arts education accessible to talented students of all economic backgrounds.

Public Programs and Community Outreach

Through dozens of lectures and exhibitions, as well as City Studio courses for undeserved Bay Area youth, SFAI provided ongoing enrichment and engagement to 25,000 people last year.

Renew the Institution’s Commitment to Our Exceptional Faculty

As creative practitioners and dedicated mentors to students, SFAI’s faculty need the resources to educate the next generation of vanguard artists. SFAI has committed to hiring at least ten full-time faculty members over the next five years, shaping the Institute’s programs for the coming decades.

Preserve and Upgrade Our Facilities

With a new roof on the historic 800 Chestnut Street campus, a remodeled photography studio, and a stainability initiative to reduce water and energy usage, SFAI’s facilities now better meet students’ needs and foster their artistic development.


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