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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.

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Learn More About Ways to Give to CAC:

Matching Gifts

Double or triple your contribution to the CAC by enlisting a matching contribution from your employer. When you send a matching gift form with your donation, you can raise your donor level and increase your benefits.

Please contact your personnel department for information specific to your organization. Your company will provide a matching gift form that should be completed and included with your individual contribution.

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Gifts

If you have an IRA, it is a tax efficient way to support the Chicago Architecture Center. At age 70 ½ you can make a gift to the CAC directly from your account and you may be able to take advantage of income tax savings.

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

A donor advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor advised fund at a public charity you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Then those funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to any IRS-qualified public charity.

If you choose to donate to the CAC using a donor advised fund, please identify the purpose of this gift when submitting it (i.e. membership, restricted program, annual fund, etc.)

Stock Gifts

The Chicago Architecture Center 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

stock gift PDF

Memorial or Tribute Gifts

A gift to the CAC on someone’s behalf is an excellent way to honor him or her 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 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, the general operating fund or the Chicago Architecture Foundation Endowment Fund. Tribute gifts can be made online or by contacting 312.561.2116 or

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Planned Giving

Include the Chicago Architecture Center in your will, trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement plans and support the future of this vital organization.

Your future gift – in any amount – to the Chicago Architecture Center 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 a member of the CAC Development team at or (312) 561-2116..