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In whatever way you choose to give, your financial contribution to the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) makes you a partner in inspiring people to discover why design matters.

Ready to make a gift to the CAC today?

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Learn More About Ways to Give to CAC:

Matching Gifts

Boost your support for the CAC by securing a matching contribution from your employer, doubling or even tripling your impact.

Simply include a matching gift form along with your donation to elevate your donor status and unlock enhanced benefits.

For information specific to your company, reach out to your personnel department. They will furnish you with a matching gift form, which you can fill out and submit with your individual contribution.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Gifts

Giving from your IRA is a tax efficient way to support the CAC.

Your IRA administrator will process the gift for you. Full details on how this process works and what information you’ll need from CAC can be found at the link below.

More Information on IRA giving

Donor Advised Funds

Making a grant through your donor-advised fund or family foundation offers a flexible avenue to support your preferred charitable causes.

You can direct grants of any size to the CAC.

Please note that we may not always receive donor names from sponsoring organizations. If you wish to receive acknowledgment for your DAF gift or intend to use it for membership, kindly request the sponsoring organization to include your name. Alternatively, you can inform us directly by contacting Melissa Graham at or calling 312-561-2113.

Stock Gifts

The CAC gratefully accepts support in the form of long-term appreciated stock. Most gifts of stock can be made directly from your brokerage account.

The process is simple. Inform your broker which stock and how many shares you wish to donate to the CAC and  provide them with the banking information listed in the PDF below. The PDF should then be submitted to Melissa Graham at If you have any questions about stock donations, please call Melissa at 312-561-2113.

stock gift PDF

Memorial or Tribute Gifts

A gift to the CAC on someone’s behalf is an excellent way to honor them while supporting the mission of the CAC. With a tribute gift, you can show your appreciation for someone in your life, honor the memory of a loved one, or thank a CAC docent.

For all tribute gifts, you will receive an acknowledgement of your gift with a letter. Should you choose to notify someone of your gift, a personal note will be sent to the honoree or the family of the person being memorialized.

Donors can choose to designate their tribute gifts to any area of programming or the general operating fund. Tribute gifts can be made online or by contacting Brenda Gonzalez at or calling 312-561-2131.

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Planned Giving

Include the CAC in your will, trust or as a beneficiary of your retirements plans or Donor Advised Fund and support the future of this vital organization.

Your future gift – in any amount – to the CAC can:

  • Provide funds that help make future tours programming possible
  • Introduce the built environment to children from diverse backgrounds
  • Achieve tax savings and income opportunities for you today and your heirs in the future

Learn more by visiting our planned giving page or contact Melissa Graham, Director of Individual and Planned Giving, at or 312.561.2113.