Giving Opportunities

Do you share our passion for the arts and humanities?

Show your support by making a contribution to RCAH that will be used to provide financial assistance and innovative learning experiences for our outstanding students; travel opportunities for students; and a wide-ranging program of artists-in-residence and special events that bring the world to East Lansing.

You can make a gift of any size:

Steve Esquith, dean of the college, would be happy to discuss the many ways you can make a gift that reflects your personal interests and philanthropic goals. Contact him at (517) 355-0210 or

Giving opportunities include:

  • Dean's Opportunity Fund [make an online gift now]
    Gifts made to this fund allow the dean of the college to support areas of the highest need and to respond to unique opportunities, and are important as the RCAH seeks new and innovative ways to enhance its academic program, provide for outreach and engagement opportunities, attract and retain the highest quality faculty, and remain competitive in the recruitment of today's best and most talented students.
  • Ruth Dahlberg Smith Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship Fund [make an online gift now]
    Gifts made to this fund enhance the college's ability to ensure that every RCAH student has at least one academic international experience appropriate to their interests before graduation. Already, the RCAH is a primary sponsor of MSU-taught Study Abroad programs with a strong emphasis on civic engagement in Costa Rica, Israel, and Mali. To increase the opportunities for RCAH students, funds must be available for Study Abroad scholarships so that every student can afford to participate. More resources are needed to support students and also faculty who wish to develop new Study Abroad programs related to the RCAH mission of cultivating global citizenship and social responsibility.
  • RCAH Center for Poetry Fund [make an online gift now]
    Gifts made to this fund support the Center for Poetry, which encourages the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and creates an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our lives. The Center for Poetry connects poetry and other forms of spoken word art across the MSU campus with vital sources of creative energy in local communities in the Lansing area and beyond. In addition to bringing prominent poets to campus to share their work through readings and workshops every fall semester, the center sends poets out into the community to work with public school students, adult learners, and organizations. It sponsors a poetry contest for Michigan high school students and poetry events in a variety of on- and off-community venues. As well as traditional poetry readings and workshops, these include haiku hikes for schoolchildren, edible book contests for a new breed of culinary artists, and poetry chalkings that brighten the sidewalks of our campus neighborhood.
  •  RCAH Garden Fund [make an online gift now]
    The expansion of alternative food systems is a worldwide trend that has captured the attention of policy makers and others as a possible solution to longstanding and seemingly intractable problems related to poverty, health, economic development,  and environmental conservation. We are currently engaged in collaborative urban farming projects in low-income areas of Lansing and Ingham County and in the creation of a set of community gardens surrounding the RCAH, including spaces for reflection, performance, and the visual arts. Among the most recent initiative is an organizing committee to produce and perform a series of Hunger Dialogues to raise awareness about issues of food and hunger on and off campus. Gifts made to this fund will support these efforts.