So much so that the accomplished artist, philanthropist, and wife of furniture design
legend David Wolcott Kendall devoted her and her husband's legacy to establishing
a school where students could move from creative potential to creative professional.
Almost 95 years later, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
(KCAD) supports this charge through its forward-thinking learning experiences, developing
graduates who are driven leaders prepared to design and interpret a better future
for us all.
As a college within Ferris State University, KCAD offers all the advantages of a conservatory
college of art and design without sacrificing the larger support systems and educational
value of a state university. At the same time, we understand that financial barriers
remain an unavoidable reality for many in our learning community. Through the generosity
of countless KCAD alumni, friends, and employees, we are proud to offer scholarship
opportunities that alleviate the burden of cost and empower our students to pursue
their educational goals.
With your help, we can continue to make a KCAD education accessible by increasing
the number of donor-supported scholarship dollars available to our students. If you've
been considering giving, now is the perfect time to get involved: through December 2024, all gifts to the KCAD General Scholarship Fund will be matched
dollar-per-dollar through The Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge, doubling the impact of your support.
This scholarship fund was established through the gifts of KCAD alumni and friends
to provide essential financial support for KCAD undergraduate and graduate level students
who have demonstrated financial need. Right now, all gifts to this endowed fund will
be matched dollar-per-dollar through theFerris Futures Scholarship Challenge, doubling the impact of your gift. When giving online select “KCAD General Scholarship
Your gift will help to increase the amount available to award annually for the established
KCAD scholarship fund of your choice (seecomplete list of established scholarship funds at KCAD). Currently, gifts of $1,000 or more will be matched dollar-for-dollar through theFerris Futures Scholarship Challenge,doubling the impact of your gift. When giving online select “Other Designation” and
include the name of the established scholarship fund you would like your gift to support.
Pledge a gift of $12,500 or more, to be paid before June of 2023, to create a new
scholarship fund at KCAD. Gifts made toward pledges of $12,500 or more will be matched
dollar-for-dollar through theFerris Futures Scholarship Challengeand result in a named scholarship fund at KCAD. To learn more contact Jill Schneider
Other Ways to Give
KCAD welcomes gifts for specific programs or areas of the college. These funds are
used to support needs that are specific to a program of study or area of the college
as designated by the donor. When giving online select “Other Designation” and describe
the program or area of the college you would like your gift to support.
KCAD welcomes gifts to support the overall college. These gifts will be used by the
college to support identified needs or projects that will enable the continued advancement
of KCAD to support student success. When giving online select “Kendall College of
Art and Design.”
Gifts of appreciated property (securities) held for more than a year may be deductible,
based on the fair market value of the gift, for up to 30 percent of your adjusted
gross income with no capital gains tax on the appreciation. Consult your tax advisor
for specific information. Call 231.591.2157 to learn more, or click here to view the Gifts of Stock Instructions page.
Gifts of appreciated property such as real estate can have tax benefits to the donor.
Please call 231-591-2365 for more information about making a gift of property.
Gifts of items such as equipment and educational materials are often welcomed if the
items are needed and usable by the college or can be easily sold to support the college.
If you are interested in donating items to the college please email the following
information toJill Schneider.
Donor full name and company name if applicable
Donor full address
Brief description of the item or items you wish to donate along with images of the
Donor stated value of the item or items
Once a request is received the college will review the request and advise if the college
is able to accept the proposed in-kind gift. Please note: the college will not accept
any art supplies or materials that are considered hazardous. You as the donor are
responsible for transporting the gift to KCAD and any associated costs for transportation,
unless waived by the college. If the donor stated value exceeds $5,000 it is recommended
that you consult with your tax advisor to determine if you should seek proof of market
value and/or an appraisal in advance of making the donation.
KCAD employee gifts are always welcome and appreciated. If you are an employee of
KCAD and wish to give through payroll deduction please complete the onlinePayroll Deduction Authorization Form.
Help us meet future challenges. To learn more about ways to give through a planned
gift to KCAD and Ferris State University by amount, age, or asset, please visit the
Ferris State University Gift Planning page.
As an innovator in art and design education, KCAD cultivates a student-centered learning
community that fuels the regional economy with creative leaders and critical thinkers
with global perspectives. We do this through a strong curriculum as well as through
unique partnerships. This spring, we look forward to celebrating these future leaders
through our Master’s Thesis and Undergraduate Senior exhibitions.
These exhibitions are a unique experience for KCAD students, marking a significant
milestone for our graduates and the culmination of several years of intense focus
and dedication. Faculty and staff share in this accomplishment alongside our students.
This year’s Undergraduate Senior exhibition will open from May 2 through May 6, 2023.
A rotation of Master’s Thesis exhibitions has already begun and will continue through
KCAD anticipates over 2,000 people to visit campus to view these exhibitions with
another 4,000 viewing the exhibitions online. To support engagement, KCAD does the
Opening reception for the general public, students, student supporters, college employees, prospective
students, potential employers, and alumni for each exhibition (1,000+ attendees total).
Online marketing drives unique viewers in KCAD’s target demographics to view the online exhibition.
While these exhibitions are on display, KCAD’s campus is open for public viewing.
We anticipate that during this time, over 1,000 additional guests will visit campus
either on their own or as part of an organized tour group. These guests are typically
alumni, potential employers, prospective students, and student supporters.
KCAD’s Annual Student Exhibition will once again include a KCAD Student Showcase at
the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, which serves as the college’s Commencement venue.
The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, a 62,000 square foot LEED-certified facility, provides
a unique environment for year-round learning opportunities and staged performances
in all aspects of the performing and visual arts. This exhibition will be on display
and open to the public from May 6 - 11, 2023. KCAD anticipates that this exhibition
will be viewed by more than 5,000 guests attending events at the Fine Arts Center
in addition to the 2,000 guests expected to attend KCAD’s commencement ceremony.
PROGRAM SPONSOR - $1,000
Name listed under Program Sponsor category on exhibition signage and the homepage
of the online exhibition
Name listed under Program Sponsor category during the Commencement pre-show presentation
Name listed under Program Sponsor category in all KCAD media releases for the exhibition
SUPPORTING SPONSOR - $2,500
Logo recognition under Supporting Sponsor category on exhibition signage and the homepage
of the online exhibition
Logo recognition under Supporting Sponsor category during the Commencement pre-show
Name listed under Supporting Sponsor category in all KCAD media releases for the exhibition
VISIONARY SPONSOR (5 Available) - $5,000
Logo recognition as Visionary Sponsor on exhibition signage and the homepage of the
Logo recognition under Visionary Sponsor category during the Commencement pre-show
Name listed under Visionary Sponsor category in all KCAD media releases for the exhibition
Logo recognition as Visionary Sponsor on signage at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
Recognition as the Visionary Sponsor at all KCAD supporting events between May 2 –
Gifts below the Program Sponsor level will be recognized as Friends of KCAD.