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Gifts to the RIT Fund provide the critical resources necessary for RIT to meet its most immediate needs. Endowment spending only covers about four percent of the annual operating budget but truly unrestricted support provides university leadership the flexibility to prioritize the needs of our students.

Unrestricted gifts provide resources that allow university leadership to take advantage of unanticipated academic and student life opportunities, make life-changing international experiences accessible, offer powerful career building and research programs, and react to numerous unforeseen challenges our students face.

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Your Impact Today and Tomorrow

RIT is deeply appreciative of our generous philanthropic community and its commitment to the university.

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Sentinel Society

The Sentinel Society is a community of annual leadership donors who play a pivotal role in providing unrestricted gifts that support financial aid and scholarships, as well as RIT's most pressing and immediate needs across campus. Sentinel donor generosity helps RIT fund unexpected needs and pursue emerging opportunities. Learn more about Sentinel Society and view the online Honor Roll.

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Legacy Giving

The Ellingson Society honors those forward-thinking individuals and families who have informed us of their legacy gifts that in the future will fund RIT's greatest needs. The thoughtful planning of Ellingson Society donors ensures unlimited possibilities for future generations of students and faculty. Learn more about planned giving and the impact you can make by visiting legacyrit.org.


  • May 2, 2024

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    The Mark and Maureen Davitt Endowed Scholarship established at RIT

    RIT has announced the establishment of the Mark and Maureen Davitt Endowed Scholarship, which will provide financial support to RIT students pursuing studies in STEM disciplines—particularly those who graduated from private elementary schools in the city of Rochester, N.Y.

  • May 2, 2024

    Orlando Ortiz sits for a headshot against a gray background wearing a gray plaid suit.

    Ortiz named Alumni Association president

    Orlando Ortiz took over as the RIT Alumni Association president in January, an association with which he has been a member of for 10 years. He is also active with RIT’s Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. and is a mentor with RIT’s Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition (MOCHA) program.

  • April 30, 2024

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    Veteran Student Success lounge dedicated

    An important space for RIT students who are military-affiliated, veterans, and their families, now has a name and a refresh thanks to benefactors who want to support members of the U.S. armed forces.

  • April 27, 2024

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    University’s ‘futurists’ encourage audience to embrace curiosity during Imagine RIT symposium

    Be curious because what if, said RIT alumnus Bob Morrealle, who shared stories of discovery, hope, and confidence during his presentation at the Futurists Symposium, a collection of alumni and faculty offering an insider’s look into the future of technology, the arts, and design. The symposium, held April 26 in the Wegmans Theater, MAGIC Spell Studios, was the official kickoff to Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival.

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