How to Give

Your tax-deductible gift to Cranbrook can be made in several ways. Cranbrook is a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Please send your check made payable to Cranbrook Educational Community or a specific program area to: 

P.O. BOX 778761
CHICAGO, IL 60677-8761


Make an online gift using your credit card, digital wallet, or bank account.

To support one or more of Cranbrook’s program areas, visit Support Cranbrook. Or make a gift to the DiMarco Endowment for Campus Enhancement.

Online gifts can also be made by visiting our Program Areas:

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
Cranbrook Horizons-Upward Bound
Cranbrook House & Gardens
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Schools


You may contribute with a credit or debit card by phone during the business day (9:00am - 5:00pm EST) by calling Advancement Services at 248.645.3141.

Please be prepared with:

Card types: American Express, Visa, MasterCard
Full name (as it appears on card)
Card number and expiration date
Amount of gift
Daytime phone number

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer some level of corporate match for their employees’ philanthropic interests. Contact your company’s personnel or human resources office to find out if your employer, or your spouse’s employer, has a matching gift program. In many cases, you will be able to double or triple the impact of your gift to Cranbrook.
In-Kind Contribution
Cranbrook appreciates gifts-in-kind of tangible personal property.  To discuss gifts-in-kind, please contact the program area that is the most likely beneficiary.

Cranbrook’s In-Kind Contribution Form
Gifts of Stock

Cranbrook’s preferred method of receiving stock is for the donor or donor’s broker to use electronic transfer via DTC (Depository Trust Company). Cranbrook’s account is as follows:

MorganStanley Smith Barney, Troy, MI
DTC No. 0015
For benefit of Cranbrook Educational Community
Account No. 089-111897-0-153
Contact: 248.740.7100

Please provide the following information to Cranbrook’s Business Office (248.645.3733 or before instituting the transfer:

  • Donor’s name and contact information
  • Stock to be transferred, including symbol and/or CUSIP no. and the number of shares 
  • Date stock is to be transferred and transferring broker 
  • The specific purpose of the gift (e.g., annual fund, scholarship fund, or capital pledge) 

 The gift of securities will be valued on the date control of is relinquished in favor of Cranbrook, e.g., the date the securities arrive in Cranbrook’s account via DTC. The value is based on the average of the published high and low for that security in accordance with the IRS Tax Code, FASB, and CASE guidelines.

Gifts of Cryptocurrency

Gifts of cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, can be a tax-efficient way to support Cranbrook, providing the donor with benefits similar to gifts of stock. Although Cranbrook does not currently directly accept gifts of cryptocurrency, we encourage you to explore donating through one of the numerous third-party platforms created to facilitate gifts of cryptocurrency. In fact, many donor-advised fund sponsors, including Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and Vanguard Charitable, accept contributions of cryptocurrency. Please check with your financial advisor to see whether this opportunity makes sense for you.

Wire Transfer

Cranbrook is able to receive wire transfers of cash donations. Please contact Cranbrook's Gift Processing Department at or 248.645.3141 for our wire transfer instructions.

IRA Rollover Gifts

Direct gifts to Cranbrook from your IRA, known as IRA rollover gifts or qualified charitable distributions, can be an easy and convenient way to make a tax-free gift from a significant asset. For those 70½ and older, the amount transferred is excluded from gross income, and for those 72 and older, also counts towards their required minimum distribution, subject to certain adjustments.

For more information about making an IRA rollover gift, including requirements and restrictions, visit Planned Giving at Cranbrook. Please check with your financial advisor to see whether this opportunity makes sense for you.

Donor Advised Funds

Cranbrook is a tax-exempt organization eligible to receive grants from donor-advised funds. Contact your sponsoring organization to recommend that donations from your account be made to support Cranbrook.

Legal Name: Cranbrook Educational Community
Federal Tax ID number: 38-2015048
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a grant recommendation through the DAF Direct window below.