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THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO LAUNCHES MATCHING GIFT INCENTIVE TO HELP SURPASS $50 MILLION FUNDRAISING GOAL
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is closing in on a $50 million goal in its first-ever major public fundraising campaign, and has received a gift that will enable the school to launch a matching incentive that will help put it over the finish line for Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.
Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC secures $46.4 million for student scholarships and faculty resources
The gift, valued at $1 million, will be sold, and the proceeds of the sale will establish the Jeff Koons Scholarship Fund
On May 6, 2016, the campaign was launched at SAIC’s 150th Anniversary Gala, where more than 400 attendees contributed toward the more than $1.2 million raised for the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund.
The SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raised more than $1.2 million for student scholarships.
The gift will establish the Mencoff Family Fellowship in Historic Preservation.
SAIC Receives a $520,000 Gift from Todd and Liz Warnock to Create Teaching Awards for Part-Time Faculty
Todd and Liz Warnock have made a generous gift of $520,000 to support part-time faculty through teaching excellence awards.
SAIC has received a $500,000 commitment from Karen and Jim Frank to establish the Karen and Jim Frank Excellence in Teaching Fund.
SAIC received a $2 million gift from Paula and James Crown, Nancy and A. Steven Crown, and the Crown Family Philanthropies.
SAIC received a gift of $1 million from Michael and Cari Sacks to establish the Sacks Family Fund.
John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols gave a five-year $500,000 gift in support of SAIC's new suite of outreach programs at Homan Square in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.
The Bluhm Family, a longtime supporter of SAIC, has donated $1 million to establish the Bluhm Family Scholarship Fund, which will provide need-based scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students.
Holly Hunt has given $1 million to establish the HOLLY HUNT Graduate Merit Fellowships.
SAIC Board of Governors members Ellen Sandor (MFA 1975, HON 2014) and Richard Sandor have pledged more than $1 million for merit-based scholarships.
SAIC’s Parents Council awarded a grant to the School’s Wellness Center to improve the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of students.
Beatrice (“Buddy”) Cummings Mayer (HON 2012), a longtime advocate of the arts and supporter of SAIC, announced a generous gift to establish need-based scholarships for economically disadvantaged undergraduate students.
The Grainger Foundation has committed $1 million to support SAIC’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP).
SAIC received a $3 million gift from Angela and George Paterakis (Parry) and the George Parry Trust to support the Angela Gregory Paterakis Professorship and a new endowed scholarship.
SAIC received a $1 million gift from Diane v. S. and Robert M. Levy that will support need-based scholarships for undergraduate students as well as contribute to the School’s Annual Fund—which helps students with financial aid, facility enhancements, technology acquisitions and upgrades, academic programming, and many other initiatives crucial to their education.
Bank of America donated more than $1.2 million to SAIC to establish need-based scholarships for Chicago’s high school graduates to pursue higher education at SAIC.
SAIC received a $5 million, multi-year gift from the Pritzker Foundation, one of the largest in the School’s history, to establish the Pritzker Graduate Fellowship Fund, which will offer full-tuition, merit-based scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees at SAIC.
SAIC received a $2.5 million gift, the largest ever from parents of an SAIC alum, from the Mohn Family Foundation to support a first-of-its-kind professorship and fellowship within the School’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.