Institutional Advancement

Vice President: Amanda MacMullan

Founded in 1957, Institutional Advancement at RISD includes a development team of frontline fundraisers, a campaign planning and strategy team responsible for implementing programming and communications, an alumni relations team that engages alumni and families, and an advancement operations team responsible for data integrity and technology.

Institutional Advancement advances RISD’s mission by strategically fostering lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, friends and organizations to strengthen goodwill and philanthropy.

Our vision is to ensure that any person or organization who engages with RISD becomes an advocate and donor.

The RISD Strategic Plan has identified the following core community values: creative thinking and making, rigorous immersion and serious practice, engaged curiosity and experimentation, respect and inclusion. In addition, Institutional Advancement has identified the following complementary values: agility, collaboration, generosity, integrity, and intentionality.


  • Build an organization and campaign that position philanthropy as a vital revenue stream for the college and museum
  • Create sustainable opportunities to Engage alumni, parents, friends, students, staff and donors in support of the priorities of the college and museum
  • Invest in staff, systems and processes that support a long-term performance-based high-achieving culture, essential to the Success of the institution
  • Create an IA communications organization to Tell the impact of philanthropy on the college and museum, inspiring pride and advocacy
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    Browse the Institutional Advancement Collections:

    Alumni Magazines

    NetWorks RI | RISD Alumni Profiles

    RISD Yearbooks

    Rudy Bruner Award | 30 Years of Urban Excellence