Corporate Sponsorships

Why Partner with SFAI?

Study after study has proven that highly educated, higher-income individuals appreciate and value nonprofit partnerships—and these consumers can be difficult to reach by traditional means.

Your sponsorship of SFAI—a nonprofit fine arts institution—will influence the purchasing decisions of our loyal, inter-generational audience and associate your name and brand with one of the most highly regarded art institutions in the United States.

Nonprofit partnerships are known to yield returns of 200-300%. They also allow a company to:

  • Target its messaging and audiences
  • Set itself apart from competitors
  • Reinforce marketing and public relations activities
  • Strengthen ties with current and prospective clients
  • Reward key employees

Our corporate sponsorship benefits are designed to do all this and more. We will also work with your company to customize sponsorship opportunities that suit your marketing and client cultivation goals.

For more information, please download our Corporate Sponsorship Information Packet

Recognition for Sponsors

  • Recognition in SFAI’s Annual Report
  • Recognition on SFAI’s website (250,000 unique visitors per year)
  • Recognition on SFAI’s Facebook (5,700 Likes) and Twitter (1,700 Followers) feeds
  • Recognition in email blasts related to sponsored events—list of 7,000 emails
  • Recognition in public programs mailings related to sponsored events­—direct mail list of 20,000
  • Signage recognition at sponsored events
  • Name and logo placement in print materials, including advertisements
  • Recognition in the courtyard on an honor roll of leadership supporters

About Our Public Programs

SFAI has established an exemplary array of exhibitions and public programs, all of which are free to the public, and promoted to local, national, and international audiences through print and online publications. 

The Walter and McBean Galleries

Located at SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus, these Galleries produce and host exhibitions, workshops, and other alternative and experimental avenues for work by international contemporary artists. Learn more about Temporary Structures, our Fall 2012 exhibition.

The Diego Rivera Gallery

Weekly exhibitions in the student-run Diego Rivera Gallery showcase work by undergraduate and graduate students alongside the 1931 mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City by Diego Rivera. Exhibitions are selected by a jury of alumni and can include large-scale installations and experimental work. More about ongoing student shows can be found here

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

This lecture series brings leading figures in the worlds of art and culture to San Francisco audiences. The 2011–2012 series included Stephen Kaltenbach, Nina Katchadourian, and Wayne Koestenbaum; guests for 2012–2013 include Mickalene Thomas, Carolee Schneemann, and Mungo Thomson. See our Fall 2012 schedule here.

The Graduate Lecture Series

This lecture series features emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities, and explores the meaning of “success” in the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In 2011–2012 the series included Reagan Louie, Hans Winkler, and Eamon Ore-Giron; guests for 2012–2013 include Wilfredo Prieto and Cornelia Butler. See our Fall 2012 schedule here.

About Our Audience

The annual audience of 25,000 for SFAI’s public programs reflects the economic and ethnic diversity of the Bay Area. Tourist visitors to San Francisco, drawn to the city by its vibrant arts community, represent all 50 states and all of the world’s countries, and a conservatively estimated 15,000 per year visit the Diego Rivera Gallery. In addition, SFAI offers creative pathways for underserved and at-risk youth through the program City Studio—a successor to the Urban Arts program launched in 1971—which targets youth ages 11–19 enrolled in public middle schools and high schools in San Francisco and Oakland. SFAI’s tradition of  free public programming and community arts education demonstrates a commitment to engaging a broad audience with artistic and cultural experiences.