Ways to Give

Thank you for your interest in supporting Tisch.

Whether you would like to help support scholarships, maintain and update facilities, enhance academic programs, or provide general operating support that enhances our ability to respond to the daily needs of our students, we are grateful for your generosity.

How to Give

There are a number of ways to give a financial gift to the Tisch School of the Arts. 


Visit NYU Giving and choose from a list of general funds in support of the School. If you do not see an appropriate fund listed, please contact us—we are always happy to help.


Send a check or money order made out to New York University to the following address, noting that your gift is for the Tisch School of the Arts.

New York University
Gift Processing Center
547 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012


To make a gift over the phone, please call 1-800-698-4144 Monday - Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST. Be sure to mention that your gift is for the Tisch School of the Arts.

Transfer a Gift of Stock

To issue a gift of securities to NYU, please give your bank the following:

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
DTC # 8862
New York University Gift Account # 847-04X09
Attention: Thomas Albertson (800) 944-0677, MDA@ml.com

Transfers should include the following information:

• Donor’s name and address
• Name of security and number of shares
• Purpose of gift (e.g. NYU Tisch)

When making a stock transfer, please inform the NYU Office of Gift Administration at security.gifts@nyu.edu so that we are aware to look for your wire. 

Types of Gifts

Financial gifts can come in many forms. 

Unrestricted Gifts

An unrestricted gift provides Tisch with discretionary funds that can be used for a range of purposes, including scholarships, new academic programs, improvement of facilities, and recruitment of faculty members. Unrestricted gifts provide stability and allow the dean to respond with flexibility to unexpected opportunities and changing circumstances.

For more information on making an unrestricted gift, please contact us.

Restricted Gifts

Restricted gifts are used for a specific purpose, according to the wishes of the donor. Many people choose to support a project that is close to their hearts. A photographer may support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for Photo & Imaging students; a film lover may provide production funds for student films.  

If you choose to make a restricted gift, consider some of the Tisch School of the Arts’ most critical needs: scholarships, film production funds, and endowed professorships.

For more information on making a restricted gift, please contact us.


Expendable Gifts

When an expendable gift is made, all the funds provided are spent depending on the donor’s instructions and/or the needs of the School (sometimes immediately, and sometimes over an extended period of time).

For more information on making an expendable gift, please contact us.


Endowed Gifts

When a donor provides an endowment gift, the funds are invested by the University, and the interest generated is spent for a purpose of the donor’s choosing. Because only a fixed portion of an endowment’s value is spent each year, this type of gift can help to fund a school, a program, a professorship, or a scholarship in perpetuity.

By providing funds on an ongoing basis, an endowment lends permanence and stability to that which it supports. It is a powerful endorsement of the School’s mission, making it possible to plan for the future with a sense of confidence. Benefactors often choose to have the program or facility that they endow named for themselves or another individual they hold in high esteem.  

The various types of endowed gifts each require a minimum commitment, per the University. If you are interested in establishing an endowed fund, please contact us.

Matching Gifts

If your employer participates in a corporate matching gift program, the value of any gift you make to the annual fund of the Tisch School of the Arts (now part of The Fund for NYU) can be doubled. After making your gift, simply obtain a matching gift form from your company’s human resources office and follow the directions.

To see if your employer participates in a matching program, visit the NYU Corporate Matching page.

In-Kind Gifts

In-kind gifts are gifts of materials or services rather than money. Because the Tisch School of the Arts encompasses arts disciplines that require expensive physical resources, in-kind contributions can make a real difference in the quality of education provided to our students. Such gifts might include photography, filmmaking, or digital imaging equipment; film stock; lighting fixtures; computer hardware and software; pianos; furniture; or materials like lumber or fabric for theatrical costumes or scenic elements.

For more information on making an in-kind gift, please contact us.


Planned Giving

Planned giving benefits the School while also providing significant financial advantages to you and your family. Such options include gifts of appreciated assets (such as stocks and bonds), life insurance, or gifts made through a will or living trust. Depending on your circumstances and needs, options are available that can pay income to you during your lifetime, or pass assets to your heirs with little or no tax penalty. For more detailed information on planned giving, visit the NYU Planned Giving page.

Naming Opportunities

A naming gift provides public recognition to the benefactor of a restricted gift, linking his or her name with the scholarship, professorship, or facility that he or she has chosen to support.  Examples include the Kanbar Institute of Film Television, named for longtime supporter Maurice Kanbar, and the Tisch School of the Arts itself, named in recognition of a major gift from Laurence Tisch and Preston Robert Tisch, and in acknowledgement of the leadership role of the Tisch family at NYU.

Naming gifts provide a way for a grateful alumnus to give something back to the School, and can also be a way to honor or memorialize a loved one. If you are interested in making a named gift, please contact us.

Parents’ Council

Connect to other Tisch parents by directing your support to the Parents’ Council.  

A gift of $7,500 or more to any program or fund within the Tisch School qualifies for a 12-month membership from the date of the gift. Parents may support the Tisch Parents' Fund, scholarships, or an aspect of their child's department – such as production funds for the Drama or Film & TV departments. 

For more information on the Tisch Parents’ Council, please contact Sharon Peterson.