Support Cornish

Give Now

When you give a gift to Cornish, your support continues to inspire our resilient students, especially in this unprecedented time of COVID.

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

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


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 (
  • 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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Stocks and Securities

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Corporate Matching

Many employers match charitable gifts made by employees. As a non-profit organization and 501(c)3 organization, Cornish College of the Arts qualifies for many of these programs. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources Office to see if your gift qualifies for matches.

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


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

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 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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (


Special Events

Coming Soon!

Contact the Advancement Team

    Sydney Jansen, Director of Advancement –

    Nick Cail, Grants and Foundation Relations Manager –

    Kaylee Donahue, Assistant Director of Advancement –