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No matter your area of interest, we have a fund for you! Whether you want to support scholarships, the Annual Fund, a specific discipline or project, or would like to include us in your estate plan, you will positively impact the next generation of artists, performers, designers, and creatives nurtured at Cornish College of the Arts! 

Thank you for your support.

 

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Alum. Don Darryl Rivera with students

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Commencement Moment

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Performance Production students at work in the Scene Shop

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Getting Library help at the front desk

Ways to Give
Online
Mail

Make your check payable to:

Cornish College of the Arts

 

Mail a check to:

Office of Advancement

Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora St.

Seattle, WA 98121

Phone

To make a gift over the phone using your credit card, call us at (206) 726-5064.

To make an email inquiry about giving to Cornish, please scroll down to our Contact Form.

Please do not include any credit card information in your e-mail.

Giving Options

Since our founding more than 100 years ago by Nellie Cornish, Cornish College of the Arts has been inspiring artistic and academic excellence. Our holistic approach to education promotes experimentation, discovery, and innovation, giving artists the creative intelligence they need to thrive in their disciplines and beyond.

Thank you for supporting Cornish College of the Arts and our future artists. Gifts to Cornish College of the Arts are tax deductible, per IRS guidelines.

Tax ID: 91-0916534

Nellie Club

Support Cornish College and our students by becoming a member of the Nellie Club by joining at one of the below membership levels:

Citizen: $100-$999

  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter
  • Invitation to Cornish College events

Innovator: $1,000-$4,999

In addition to Citizen benefits:

  • Quarterly written updates from Cornish President
  • Exclusive, invite-only access to virtual meeting with Cornish President and guests

Artist: $5,000-$24,999

In addition to Innovator benefits:

  • Private tour of campus led by Academic Dean
  • Recognition on website and in annual report
  • Opportunity to be featured in monthly newsletter’s Community Spotlight

President’s Circle: $25,000+

In addition to Artist benefits:

  • Premier recognition on website, annual report and at events, including Cornish’s esteemed annual gala
  • Complimentary tickets to Cornish’s annual gala
  • Complimentary access to Cornish galleries and exhibitions
  • Opportunity to host events on Cornish campus featuring Cornish President and leadership

Henny Club: Alumni giving starting at $50/year:

In addition to Citizen benefits:

  • Exclusive, invite-only access to regular virtual meeting with Cornish President and guests
  • 40% off Cornish+ classes (https://plus.cornish.edu/)
  • Invitation to participate in Cornish mentorship program
  • Discount code to shop Cornish merchandise
  • Share job opportunities with Cornish Students and Graduates

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Creative Allies Society

The Creative Allies Society is an exclusive membership tailored for patrons who are passionate about fostering creativity and supporting future artists within Cornish College of the Arts. As a member of the Creative Allies Society, you join a distinguished group dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists, innovators and cultural leaders.

Your partnership with Cornish College of the Arts allows Cornish to plan ahead for the full academic year, bundling your annual support of programing, events and more into a single contribution. In return, your membership unlocks benefits including:

  1. Exclusive Access: Gain privileged access to behind-the-scenes events, private exhibitions, intimate gatherings with faculty, and students and renounced artists. Members will also have complimentary or discounted access to Cornish spaces and facilities including The Behnke Family Gallery, The Raisbeck Auditorium and the Cornish Playhouse.
  2. VIP Treatment: Enjoy priority seating and exclusive invitations to campus activities including the annual gala, with your table or seats pre-reserved.
  3. Visibility, Recognition and Appreciation: Your generosity will be acknowledged prominently through various channels, including Cornish’s website, newsletters, annual reports, event signage, promotional materials and digital platforms showcasing your vital role in sustaining and enriching our vibrant arts college.
  4. Impactful Giving: Your contributions directly support and empower the student artist, funding scholarships and programing that develop skills and full potential as creative visionaries.
  5. Engagement Opportunities: Unique opportunities to engage with the arts, such as discounted tickets to performances and a discount code to participate in Cornish+ programs for you and your employees.
  6. Access to Talent: gain access to a pool of talented students, faculty members, and alumni for recruitment, internships, mentorship programs, and collaborative projects, fostering innovation and creativity within their organization.
  7. Customized Benefits: Tailored perks and privileges designed to suit your interests and preferences, ensuring a personalized and fulfilling membership experience.

By becoming a member of the Creative Allies Society, you not only invest in the future of the arts but also become an integral part of a dynamic community dedicated to celebrating and advancing creativity in all its forms. Join us today in championing artistic excellence, nurturing talent, and inspiring positive change through the transformative power of the arts.

Membership Levels and Benefits

President’s Circle: $50,000+

  • 10 VIP Tickets to Cornish’s annual Gala in the fall
  • 10 access passes to all Spring BFA Exhibition Events celebrating graduating seniors
  • Opportunity to host a private event at a Cornish campus facility. Includes full access to sound, stage, and projection resources
  • Logo/name recognition at Cornish College of the Arts’ Main Campus Center at 1000 Lenora Street
  • Logo/name placement throughout campus event materials, performance programs, Cornish’s website and more.
  • Bi-annually Member Spotlight in campus-wide student and alumni newsletter.
  • Quarterly Member Spotlight in community outreach newsletter and on Cornish’s social media
  • Exclusive access and discount codes for Cornish+ programming
  • Invitations to exclusive, President Circle events hosted by Cornish President, Raymond Tymas-Jones

Campus Circle: $25,000

  • 6 VIP Tickets to Cornish’s annual Gala in the fall
  • 4 access passes to all Spring BFA Exhibition Events celebrating graduating seniors
  • Opportunity to host a private event at a Cornish campus facility. Includes full access to sound, stage, and projection resources
  • Annual Member Spotlight in campus-wide student and alumni newsletter
  • Annual Member Spotlight in community outreach newsletter and on Cornish’s social media
  • Logo/name placement throughout campus event materials, performance programs, Cornish’s website and more.
  • Exclusive access and discount code for Cornish+ programming

Creators Circle: $10,000

  • 4 VIP Tickets to Cornish’s annual Gala in the fall
  • 2 access passes to all Spring BFA Exhibition Events celebrating graduating seniors
  • Annual Member Spotlight in campus-wide student and alumni newsletter
  • Logo/name placement throughout campus event materials, performance programs, Cornish’s website and more.
  • Exclusive access and discount code for Cornish+ programming

Legacy & Planned Giving

Your legacy gift can build our community’s bright future. Including Cornish in your estate plans is a simple way to make a lasting impact. You can do so by making a bequest or designating Cornish College of the Arts as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, pension, trust, 401k plan or IRA. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Sydney Jansen, Director of Advancement, at sjansen@cornish.edu

 

Planned giving is a wonderful way to support Cornish over time. This group of donors ensures our long-term growth and stability. Giving plans can be structured according to your needs and philanthropic intent. For example, you can make an outright gift of cash or securities, a pledge, a bequest in your will or you can choose a vehicle such as a charitable trust. If you are interest in planned giving, please contact Sydney Jansen, Director of Advancement, at sjansen@cornish.edu

Monthly Giving

Monthly Giving

Join the Creators Club with monthly or quarterly gifts. Your support enables us to plan ahead and expand programs to provide the most opportunity for our students.

As a Creators Club member:

  • Create a sustainable source of funding
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a member, including special event invitations
  • See how your support is being put to work with regular updates from the President


Areas of Support

 

Cornish College of the Arts offers the option of designating your gift to the program on campus that means the most to you.

THE FUND FOR CORNISH, THE GIFTS WE LIVE BY

The Annual Fund is now The Fund for Cornish and these gifts are a vital resource in helping meet Cornish’s ongoing need to uphold our mission and support the needs of our students. Your gifts to The Fund For Cornish help provide the best possible art education, and in turn, you help infuse the community with a creative force that we all enjoy.

If you are interested in learning more or investing in The Fund for Cornish, please contact Kaylee Donahue (kdonahue@cornish.edu)

Annual Scholarships, the gifts that help our students thrive

Visit our secure online giving form to designate your gift to scholarships to impact an emerging artist’s life forever. You will have the option to direct your scholarship where it has the most meaning for you. If you have questions, please contact Sydney Jansen (sjansen@cornish.edu)

Endowments, the gifts in perpetuity*

Gifts of endowed funds tie your wishes to the College’s needs. They enable you to put some of your wealth to work for a cause you believe in. Whatever your interest, there is an area at Cornish College of the Arts that will benefit through an endowment.

Cornish Advancement staff will work with you to establish fund guidelines. Endowed funds can be established and named with the amounts below. For more information on establishing an endowed fund, please contact Sydney Jansen (sjansen@cornish.edu)

Endowed Funds may be designated to support existing activities at Cornish College of the arts such as academics, library collections, and student life projects. 

To start a new endowment fund, we require a minimum of $100,000.

Corporate and Foundation Collaborations

Includes philanthropic giving opportunities (such as scholarships and capital improvements), employee and trustee recruitment, research alliances and continuing education. We identify partnership opportunities and makes introductions to faculty and leadership. Cornish College of the Arts depends on funding from corporations and foundations as it strives to fulfill its mission and commitment to excellence.

If you are interested in corporate and foundation support, please contact Nick Cail (ncail@cornish.edu)

 

Special Events

Fundraiser

12

Saturday,
October

2024 Creative Futures Gala: A Cornish Showcase

6:00p–9:00p

Cornish Playhouse

Details + Attend

Contact the Advancement Team

    Sydney Jansen, Director of Advancement – sjansen@cornish.edu

    Nick Cail, Grants and Foundation Relations Manager – ncail@cornish.edu

    Kaylee Donahue, Assistant Director of Advancement – kdonahue@cornish.edu