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  • Contribute to AIGA

    Each year AIGA strives to enhance the design profession by establishing programs and initiatives that reach above and beyond the scope of simply supporting current members. Your contribution to AIGA will benefit AIGA programs and initiatives such as the AIGA Design Archives, preserving the legacy of great work accomplished by our gifted colleagues; Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, nurturing the next generation of design leaders; diversity initiatives, to make the profession more inclusive and diverse; and The Legacy Fund to secure the future of AIGA.

    There are three ways to contribute to AIGA: 

    1. Join or renew as a Trustee or Design Leader to be recognized on AIGA.org
    2. Establish a group membership for your firm at the Patron level to demonstrate your support and receive special recognition
    3. Make a tax-deductible contribution to support Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, the Design Archives or the AIGA Legacy Fund

    Whichever method you choose, you’ll be recognized as a designer that gives back to the broader community!

    Design archives

    The AIGA Design Archives online, designed by Second Story Interactive, launched in 2004 and now contain more than 19,000 selections from AIGA's competitions, from 1924 to the present, as well as donated collections. Anyone across the globe can access these vital materials-from a student in China to a professional in San Francisco. The most comprehensive collection of American design excellence in the world, the archives are searchable by a wide variety of criteria and they are absolutely free to use, providing daily inspiration to thousands of students, scholars and practitioners.

    The physical artifacts of the AIGA Design Archives are housed at the Denver Art Museum. More than 6,000 original artifacts represent the complete collection of communication design examples selected in AIGA's national competitions by jurors of national prominence each year since 1980. The Archives offer a collection that will be used for research and exhibitions on popular and visual culture as well as demonstrating the craft and effectiveness of extraordinary American design talent. Watch the video.

    Scholarships

    Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and give back to their communities. The scholarship program benefits individual students while helping to offer opportunities in design to a diverse younger generation who can contribute to increasing the demographic relevance of the profession.

    Diversity initiatives

    AIGA has developed a new online archive and traveling exhibition entitled “Design Journeys,” a collection of stories about the professional lives, contributions and portfolios of leading African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander designers.

    In 2005, the AIGA Task Force on Professional Diversity developed a list of recommendations for increasing diversity within the profession. Among the stated goals were to publicize design heroes of varying backgrounds and create traveling shows of the work of diverse designers. The “Design Journeys” project seeks to achieve both-by not only celebrating the stories and work of these practitioners, but also influencing the next generation of young people from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career.

    AIGA Legacy Fund

    Contributions from the profession and the public enable AIGA to celebrate the legacy of American design and to demonstrate the value of design. Membership fees allow AIGA to continue to serve designers today; additional funding is needed for special projects. These funds have been used in three ways: preservation of AIGA's archival material, documentation of American design history, and design education in schools.

    Contribute today

    Give to the future of the profession. Simply donate online or download this contribution form and or fax it to us. On behalf of the 20,000 members we serve and the profession we represent, AIGA sincerely thanks you for your contribution.

    Send forms to:

    Richard Grefé
    AIGA
    164 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10010
    212 807 1799

    AIGA, the professional association for design, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Here is a copy of AIGA’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS. All charitable contributions to AIGA are tax deductible to the extent the tax code allows. To ensure year-end contributions meet the IRS tax-return deadline for the current year, receipt by AIGA must be no later than December 31.

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