friends of sfai

SFAI greatly appreciates the support of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, and other friends who make the work of the Institute possible. Each gift allows SFAI to offer students the highest quality education, and prepare them for their future.

We recognize the generosity by listing donors at all levels in our Annual Honor Roll of Donors. We also offer special recognition for donors of certain types of gifts through naming opportunities and leadership societies. Gifts may be made to scholarships, academic programs, and endowments, or used for maintaining and enhancing our historic property at 800 Chestnut Street as well as our Graduate Center at Third Street.

We also invite you to meet the loyal donors who have helped make this 140-year-old institution one of the finest in the nation, with an international reputation.

Giving Circles

Friends ($1–$999.99)

  • Invitation to all SFAI lecture series and exhibition openings
  • Recognition in the Annual Report and online

Courtyard Circle ($1,000–$2,499)

  • Invitation to pre-lecture and exhibition opening receptions to meet the artist(s)
  • Reserved seating for lectures, upon request
  • Recognition in the Annual Report, courtyard donor wall, and online

Tower Circle ($2,500–$4,999)

  • All of the above and…
  • Invitation to salons with leading artists and art educators and/or tours of private collections
  • Priority invitations for travel with SFAI leaders

Dean’s Circle ($5,000–$9,999)

  • All of the above and…
  • Invitation to tour the Graduate Open Studios with the Dean
  • Invitation to annual reception with the Dean and students who have received named merit scholarships

President’s Circle ($10,000 or more) 

  • All of the above and…
  • Invitation to annual President’s Dinner
  • Invitation to meet with special guests coming to SFAI

Institute Circle ($20,000 or more)

  • All of the above and…
  • Reserved parking at SFAI events, upon request