Why Give?

Since 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design has been providing talented, aspiring visual artists with the best possible education. The generosity of those who have supported the college has made this possible. The return on this extraordinary investment has been a world made better by productive, accomplished, hardworking women and men who contribute their talents in myriad creative and innovative ways. You can help by supporting Ringling College of Art and Design.

For more information on how you can support Ringling College and the wonderful students who study here, e-mail us at giving@ringling.edu.

Direct Your Gift

Annual Giving

The Annual Fund at Ringling College of Art and Design provides support for the programs and resources essential for our students’ continued growth and progress. When you support the Annual Fund, you enable Ringling College to award more financial aid, to recruit and retain first-rate faculty, to purchase additional library books, and much more. There are many ways to direct your annual gift, including:

Where Need is Greatest

A contribution to Ringling College that is unrestricted is one of the most valuable gifts you can make. These funds help bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of providing an outstanding education. Funds are designated where need is greatest and are essential to providing support for academics, faculty, and students.


There is a direct connection between scholarships and enrollment. The more scholarship funds we are able to provide, the more students who are able to attend. Scholarship donors foster creativity in a student over a lifetime. Students are able to pursue their dreams of attending Ringling College because of our loyal donors! This is a most heartfelt gift that inextricable links you to a student with a well-spring of creativity.

More than 80 percent of our students qualify for need and merit based support, and most could not attend without assistance from donors.  Your annual contribution to the Student Scholarship Fund will enable Ringling College to award scholarships to deserving students who have demonstrated financial need.

The New Library

The current library at Ringling College was built in 1980 to serve the needs of a few hundred students. Today that same place has to serve more than 1,300 students with more enrolling each year.  Although it has been expanded and renovated over the years, the library doesn't have enough room for either students or collections.  In fact, more than 30 percent of its collections are stored off site. 

The new campus library will be an active physical and virtual destination on the Ringling College campus an intellectual, cultural, social, creative and technological hub alive with the ebb and flow of students, faculty and visitors.


At Ringling College opportunities abound for sponsorships where connections are made possible by providing access to the greater Ringling College Community.  Each event offers our sponsors excellent exposure and exclusive access to select target groups. 

Your sponsorship can underwrite such events as: art exhibitions, golf tournaments and our annual premier themed event, An Evening at the Avant-Garde.

For more information, contact:

Stacy Quaid

Associate Director, Fundraising Events

Office for Advancement 

phone: 941. 309.4728

email: squaid@ringling.edu

Leadership Giving

With a rich history in Sarasota, Ringling College is a world class institution where your investment will be realized.  Leadership Giving is a powerful statement of committment to the education of our students.  Here are two ways to contribute:

Endowed Student Scholarships

Create a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed scholarship at Ringling College. Interest income generated annually by the endowment fund will be awarded as student scholarships to support deserving students for generations to come. These named endowed scholarships can be established with your contribution of $50,000 or more.

New Initiatives and Programs

Donors can support individual academic courses or areas of concentration, student services, visiting artists and scholars, lectures, research projects, programs in our Student Life programs including community volunteer service; exhibitions, publications, awards, and travel grants as well as new library resources which enable students and faculty to enrich their studies.

For more information on how you can support Ringling College and the wonderful students who study here, contact:

Stacey Corley

Interim Vice President for Advancement

Office for Advancement

phone: 941.309.0117

email: giving@ringling.edu

Make a Gift Now

Make a Donation to Ringling College

Gifts to Ringling College of Art and Design may be made in the form of cash, check, credit card or stocks/securities. For information on credit card donations, donations of stock or securities, or for any other questions, please contact us at giving@ringling.edu or by phone at 941.309.4733.

Include Ringling College in your Gift Planning

Planned giving links financial and estate planning with your charitable intentions to make the most financially advantageous contribution. We can work with you to structure a gift that will meet your needs while helping Ringling College fulfill its vision. For more information on gift planning, contact Stacey Corley, Interim Vice President for Advancement at giving@ringling.edu or by phone at 941.359.7674.

Contact Us

Office for Advancement
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL  34234-5895
phone: 941.309.4733
fax: 941.359.7662
email: giving@ringling.edu