Ways to Give


Scholarship Opportunities

No gift is too small to make an impact on a student’s life. The entire MIAD community – students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees – appreciates the importance of each individual’s choice to make a contribution to scholarships.

$100 supports Events and Activities for students' professional and leadership development.

$300 supports the two Supply Kits each freshman needs.

$500 supports a student's on-campus Meal Plan for one year; $1,000 supports two years - the time students beyond the Greater Milwaukee region are required to live on campus.

$2,000 supports a scholarship to MIAD's on-site Pre-College summer residency programs for beginning and advanced students. Nearly half of Pre-College students are diverse, economically challenged and first-generation students.

$3,000 supports a Breaking New Ground Scholarship for a first-generation student who is diverse, with preference to Wisconsin students.

$3,500 supports a Housing Scholarship to a student in need. A generous donor will match Housing Scholarships up to $75,000 for three years, with preference to students who are first-generation and diverse.

$5,000 supports a General Scholarship to help a promising student realize his or her potential.

$10,000 supports a Named Scholarship in the name of your choosing.

Unrestricted Gifts support areas of greatest need, and have been used, for example, for important technology and program updates, general scholarships and building improvements. The college relies on these gifts as they provide funds to meet unexpected opportunities.

MIAD’s Annual Scholarship Fund is supported through individual and corporate donations, and through such annual events as the college’s Creative Fusion benefit.

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MIAD looks for many opportunities to support our students’ advancement in their education and lives. To find out more about giving opportunities at any level, please call Vice President of Development and Communications Vivian Rothschild at 414-847-3239.

Individual, Corporate and Foundation Opportunities

Named Scholarship Opportunity | $10,000
Creates a new scholarship to be given in the name of the donor’s choosing.

MIAD Gallery Exhibition Sponsor (One Gallery Day & Night) | $10,000
Show your commitment as a patron of contemporary art and design in Wisconsin through exhibitions that provide engaging educational and visual opportunities both to MIAD students and to the broader Milwaukee community that avidly attends quarterly Gallery Nights in partnership with the Third Ward Association. Sponsorship Package includes:  Presenting Sponsor Recognition, logo exposure on marketing materials and exposure to the thousands of people who participate in Gallery Night and Day.   

Creative Fusion Sponsorships | $3,000-$25,000
Support MIAD Scholarships and celebrate creativity while gaining exposure at one of the most anticipated (and sold-out) events of the season – a rare experience that supports the future of both the arts and the business communities. Benefits vary by level.

Pre-College Scholarship Program   |   $3,000-$50,000
Help support Milwaukee’ s creative youth. MIAD’s Pre-College Program enhances awareness of design professions and provides an opportunity to talented students who are diverse, financially challenged and underserved. Within this population, MIAD’s Pre-College Program has a proven record of providing critical coaching support, life skills, and professional and portfolio development to ensure life-changing success.  Participants can be tracked to specific low-to-moderate census tracts across the state.

To discuss these opportunities or others that support our students’ advancement in their education and lives, call Vice President of Development and Communications Vivian Rothschild at 414-847-3239.

Endowed Giving

Endowed gifts provide perpetual scholarship support and ensure the continuance of academic programs. Among MIAD’s endowed offerings are:

Endowed Scholarships
Endowed scholarships are established with a minimum gift of $25,000 and are awarded to students who show high academic achievement and character, and creative potential as future leaders.

An Endowed Name Chair
An Endowed Named Chair is created when an endowment gift (or gifts) total at least $1 million.

These positions are awarded to faculty who have distinguished themselves at the national level with their teaching, scholarship and service in the field designated by the endowed position.

To discuss these and other endowment opportunities, please call Vice President of Development and Communications Vivian Rothschild at 414-847-3239.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is designed to thoughtfully meet the philanthropic and tax needs of individuals and families who wish to support the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and leave a lasting legacy for our future creative leaders.
For personal consultation regarding Planned Giving, please call Vice President of Development and Communications Vivian Rothschild at 414-847-3239.