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.


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


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

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


You may contribute with a credit or debit card by phone during the business day (9:00am - 5:00pm EST) by calling Gift Processing 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

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.

Gifts of Stock

Donating stocks allows you to avoid capital gains tax and often take a charitable deduction for the full value of the asset. Cranbrook has invested in this secure stock donation tool to make it easier than ever.

Please note: When you donate stock, please use the link below so we can track your gift and send you the correct receipt to ensure you get the tax savings you deserve.

Donate My Stock

If you would prefer to make your donation through your broker, access our transfer information from the link above, or contact Cranbrook’s Gift Processing Department at or 248.645.3141 to notify Cranbrook of your gift.

IRA Giving

If you are 70.5 or older, giving from your IRA helps reduce your taxable income — and for those over 73 who must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), an IRA gift is a simple way to fulfill it! Cranbrook has invested in this secure IRA donation tool to make it easier than ever to give from your IRA and receive tax benefits. It only takes a few minutes to use and will auto-complete your paperwork for you.

Give From My IRA

Please note: When you donate from your IRA, please use the link above so Cranbrook can track your gift and send you the correct receipt to ensure you get the tax savings you deserve.

Donor-Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are investment accounts for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations today. If you have a DAF, you can use this secure DAF giving tool to make your impact today. FreeWill’s DAF tool integrates with your DAF custodian automatically and saves you the extra step of notifying Cranbrook about your gift. By using this tool, you can:

  • Recommend how you’d like your grant to be allocated
  • Communicate your wishes to Cranbrook
  • Share the details of your DAF grant

Give From My DAF

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 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.