Throughout Pratt's history, philanthropic giving has played a central role in the Institute's ability to fulfill its mission. From the college's founding by renowned Brooklyn philanthropist Charles Pratt to the last decades of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st, gifts of every size have helped make the Institute into one of the world's leading residential colleges of art and design. From annual support for The Fund for Pratt, which touches every aspect of the Institute, and bequests that benefit future generations to endowment gifts and special event participation, every contribution makes a meaningful impact on the Pratt students who go on to shape the world.