Help us Learn by Doing – Donate to SoAT!
“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright
As a fully accredited, experimental school that is newly independent and continues the apprenticeship program Frank Lloyd Wright started in 1932, SoAT builds on the past to help create the future. Building on Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and thoughts, our graduate program in architecture teaches and practices learning by doing, new ways of looking, an ability to honor and build with the landscape, and experimentation. We draw on architectural precedents, case studies, and historical examples from cultures around the world. Many of the studio-based projects focus on projects that are socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, and culturally relevant.
We believe design must counter sprawl and the isolating principles of traditional planning. SoAT students learn how to serve our diverse communities by making our environment more sustainable, open to all, and beautiful.
And we are growing – in the number of graduating students, the number of applications, the number of new students, the number of completed construction of shelters, the number of community partnerships, the number of exchange programs, and the number needed for operating expenses.
We ask you to be part of our community by helping us create an environment that provides students with both ideas and tools so that they can become human beings of integrity and vision and make communities better places to live, work and play.
The School of Architecture at Taliesin is a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation. Gifts to SoAT are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The School’s tax ID # is 82-1898299.
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Gifts by Phone or Mail for both campuses:
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Questions? Contact us by email at email@example.com
- Ways To Give
To give a onetime donation by major credit card, Visa Checkout, or Network for Good, please use our simple online form.
We also offer an advanced giving form for gifts to more than one fund, monthly/quarterly gifts, tribute gifts, pledge payments, and new pledge setup.
Mailing Your Gift
Send gifts to SoAT both campuses via U.S. Mail at the following address:
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Speak with Staff
It is easy to make a gift or arrange a pledge by calling the Development and Alumni Relations Office. For general giving support call: 602.800.5449
Our team is ready to provide giving opportunities to SoAT in areas such as estate giving, setting up named scholarships, capital support funds, studio projects, and naming opportunities for endowed chairs and positions.
Gift of Stock and Securities
Gifts of appreciated assets, rather than cash, can be made to The School of Architecture at Taliesin and may provide special tax advantages to you, the donor. Giving appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can allow for the avoidance of capital gains taxes and, in most cases, provide a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the donation.
To initiate a *wire transfer, please notify your broker or bank that you intend to wire cash electronically to The School of Architecture at Taliesin. *Banks typically charge for outgoing and incoming wire transfers.
Gifts Matched by Your Employer
To encourage and support the generosity and community involvement of employees, most companies offer a Employee Matching Gift Program, which provides matching funds to the charitable organizations employees personally support and maximize the impact of employee charitable giving.
Planned Giving: Wills & Estates
You want to leave money to The School of Architecture at Taliesin in your will. You also want the flexibility to change your will in the event that life circumstances change. You can do both.
- The Shining Brow Society
SoAT is the only school of architecture in the United States that was established, designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
“Shining Brow” is the English translation of Taliesin, “he of the shining brow.” A wizard and bard, Taliesin is the model for our education: evoking the organic nature of all things and building on the past, we see into a future transformed through design. We ask you to become part of a group of visionary and poetic people who will help see us into the future.
As a member of that community, you can help to secure the future strength of The School of Architecture at Taliesin by remembering SoAT in your estate plans. There are many easy giving options from which you can choose—strategies that can be beneficial to you, as well as, to SoAT. Examples include giving gifts of property, life insurance policies, charitable trusts, gift annuities, and bequests. To learn more about these types of gifts please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office.
Please advise SoAT if you have included the School in your estate plans so that we can recognize you as a member of the SoAT Legacy Society. The SoAT Legacy Society honors those who have provided for the School through their financial and estate planning.
- Taliesin Twelve Membership
When you become a member of the Taliesin Twelve, you make a multi-year commitment to the School. You advise the President on the School’s strategic direction and offer advice on programs and opportunities.
The current T12 membership supports the School at $12,500 annually for five years and includes notable voices in the field such as Frank Gehry, innovative business leaders Mark Friedman, Jason Fried, and Carl Schaffer, and cherished Trustees and Alumni, including the Chair of the Board, Jacki Lynn, former Taliesin Fellows Bing Hu, Tim Wright and Karen Ellzey, Charles and Fonda Paterson, and local philanthropic leaders and jazz icons, Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft.
- The Shelter Society
How do you make yourself at home in the modern world? That is the question our students must answer before they can graduate. They develop a thesis for how we can find shelter in a world of continual change, and do so in a way that offers an alternative to the often thoughtless, socially and environmentally destructive, and ugly ways we build our communities. They must come up with the building blocks for a more sustainable way of dwelling on this earth. As a proof of concept, they design, build, and inhabit their own shelter –a tradition Frank Lloyd Wright started at Taliesin West in 1937.
The Desert Shelter Program challenges students to design and build small structures as case studies of how materials come together, how they withstand severe environmental conditions, and how the project realization can happen with resourcefulness and invention. These shelters then form a core component of the housing stock for enrolled students and guests; and serve as a community resource for visitors to learn about creating architecture in harmony with the desert environment.
Each student is responsible for their own shelter, but they –and we—need your help. By adopting one of the shelters, you can provide a model for how to live better in our world, and you can launch a student on her or his way to becoming an architect.
- The Taliesin Forum
The Lecture Forum follows a long tradition of innovative public discussions and presentations at Taliesin and Taliesin West. It brings cultural and scientific leaders together with a diverse audience to both discuss ideas fundamental to our society and to understand that such thoughts only have viability within a social life. Past speakers have ranged from Jonas Salk to Frank Gehry.
Ranging from informal salons in Wright’s living room to the formal “Taliesin Evenings,” these events are legendary. Today, Taliesin continues this tradition by bringing world renowned designers and visionaries to the intimate confines of Taliesin and Taliesin West to give these talks, drawing additional inspiration from the built masterpieces created by Wright and his apprentices.
Bringing the best people to Spring Green or Scottsdale is expensive, and we ask you to help us bring the very best of the world’s thought leaders together with our students, faculty, and staff through your support.
- THANK YOU