Will RDA continue to raise money?
RDA discontinued all fundraising activities as of January 31, 2023, due to the unsustainable fiscal model that had evolved. Since RDA is a program within Rice Architecture, it will no longer pursue fundraising as a standalone entity. To provide clarity and effectiveness to our philanthropic and community engagement activities, all future fundraising will be overseen by Rice University’s Development and Alumni Relations department and the school. Rice University values and relies on the generosity of our supporters. To learn more about philanthropic opportunities, please visit our website.
What will happen to my membership?
Memberships received after the RDA 50th-anniversary event in October 2022 can be refunded. We no longer require membership for our public events. As a final membership benefit, all members for 2022–2023 will receive a copy of the 40th-anniversary issue of Cite 104. We’d love for all former members to stay informed and engaged by subscribing to our mailing list.
If you would like to request a refund, email Carla Haskins directly by June 15, 2023.
What about corporate sponsorships, event tickets, and other funds raised?
All corporate sponsorship gifts were honored during the RDA 50th-anniversary event. If you are among those sponsors, please reference the sponsorship form to review any outstanding obligations. As in the past, any carryover funds will be transferred to the RDA endowment within the Rice University endowment for future public programs at the school, including RDA legacy programs. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Finance and Administration for Rice Architecture, Lauren Kleinschmidt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.