Planned Giving

The Alice Riley Society recognizes those who have generously supported the Evanston Art Center in their Estate Plans. This giving society has been named for the spirited founder and supporter of the Art Center concept - Alice Riley. In 1929, Ms. Riley invited a distinguished group of Evanston civic and arts leaders to her home with the purpose of establishing a memorial in honor of Julia E. Ferguson, a well-regarded community arts instructor. It was at this meeting that the idea of creating an Art Center was born and soon after made a reality by Ms. Riley and others in attendance. "The true wealth of a city cannot be measured solely by economic success, but must also consider the richness of its cultural life".

As a member of the Alice Riley Society, you become part of a select group of individuals who are committed to sustaining the work and achievements of the Evanston Art Center well into the future. These generous gifts, which can be planned in advance, not only carry tax incentives and may provide an income stream for donors, but they will help ensure the future of cultural vitality and lifelong learning in the arts for our various communities.

Benefits of Membership in The Alice Riley Society include a welcome gift upon joining, invitations to an annual recognition event and other gatherings, and acknowledgement in the Art Center's annual donor recognition newsletter and other donor listings. Most importantly, Society members can take pride in knowing they are helping to sustain the arts in our community for future generations.

For additional information or any questions, please contact Paula Danoff, Director of Development and Communications at (847) 475-5300, ext. 206.

Click on the giving vehicle below for more specific information on what types of gifts might be right for you:

As you make decisions about your estate planning, please be aware that you may identify the Evanston Art Center as a beneficiary and become a member of the Alice Riley Society.

For additional information or any questions, please contact Paula Danoff, President & CEO at [email protected] or (847) 475-5300, ext. 109.