With so many options for giving to CalArts, we have developed a list of specific fundraising initiatives to assist alumni, parents, and friends in their gift, memorial, endowment or bequest considerations. 

Some of these funding priorities are listed below. Additional areas of focus may be available, so please don’t hesitate to contact Sally Bickerton, Director of Leadership Gifts, at 661.253.7728 or email giving@calarts.edu, if you are interested in supporting a specific program or initiative.

Current Use Giving

Graduating Actors Showcase Fund

Contributions enable CalArts School of Theater graduating BFA and MFA actors to prepare showcase performances in New York and Los Angeles for industry professionals, including producers, agents, managers, casting directors and theater companies. Give here.

CalArts Festival Theater Edinburgh Program Fund

Contributions enable CalArts’ School of Theater to present work in the Edinburgh Theatre Festival Fringe, held each summer in Scotland. Give here.

Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Program Fund

Contributions make possible CAP’s impactful youth arts programs throughout Los Angeles. Give here.

Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund

Honoring the memory of an influential CalArts faculty member, this fund provides grants for students working in the social documentary genre. Give here.


Endowment Giving

Creating an endowment is one of the most valuable ways to support CalArts, since it benefits students and programs in perpetuity. New endowment funds require a minimum of $50,000 payable over three years. If you are interested in learning more about creating an endowment, please contact Sally Bickerton, Director of Leadership Gifts, at 661.253.7728, or email giving@calarts.edu.

United Plankton Animation Scholarship Fund

The United Plankton Animation Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by Karen and Stephen Hillenburg (Film/Video MFA 92) both to honor the tremendous legacy of CalArts animation faculty Jules Engel and to support students in the Experimental Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts. This endowed fund supports students in perpetuity.  Give here.

JJ Adkisson Memorial Scholarship Fund

With unbridled passion, creativity, intelligence and talent—as well as a remarkable work ethic—JJ Adkisson (School of Art-Graphic Design BFA 2) was on his way to becoming an outstanding designer. On July 15, 2016, his life was cut short when he died in tragic car accident with his best friend. In loving memory of JJ, his family and friends have established this endowed scholarship to support exceptional young artists studying graphic design at CalArts. Give here.

Charlie Haden Jazz Scholarship

In honor of the legendary jazz innovator and founder of the Institute’s Jazz Studies Program, this endowed scholarship enables committed and talented jazz musicians to pursue their creative and career goals with essential tuition support. Give here.

Loraine E. Tedder Memorial Fund

Established by talent manager Sam Schwartz in memory of a CalArts alumna to support aspiring students in the School of Art. Give here.