Friends/Donors

The North Bennet Street School community includes faculty, full-time students and administrative staff. It also includes workshop students, alumni, friends and donors. We are a 'village' of engaged individuals and institutions that supports the education of men, women and children in traditional crafts. All community members are valued for their individual, and often unique, contributions.

how to get involved

When individuals learn of North Bennet Street School they often ask "How do I get involved?"  The answers are as varied as the individuals who ask. Here are a few ideas.

  • If you enjoy working with your hands, you might take a workshop. The school offers a wide range of courses from introduction to advanced. See a full list here.
  • Visit the school gallery and store to see and purchase exquisite hand-crafted items. 
  • Attend an exhibit of NBSS student work, held throughout the year at CraftBoston, Providence Fine Furnishing show, and at locations around Boston. Visit the calendar and/or sign up for NBSS news for details and invitations.
  • Attend a lecture or demonstration.
  • Attend the school's fundraising gala -- Annual Evening of Traditional Craft
  • Support the school with a donation 

Why donate

Donations to North Bennet Street School play a crucial role in supporting the mission of the school. Tuition and continuing education fees cover approximately 67% of the school’s operating costs. Financial contributions help cover the gap between tuition income and the actual costs of running the school.  Donations provide students with more access to financial aid, enrich the educational experience for faculty and students and provide needed support for maintaining and improving the school facilities. Thanks to the support of donors:

  • The school can support more than 50% of students with some form of financial aid.
  • Students received travel grants, allowing them to travel with faculty and classmates and take advantage of offsite learning experiences.   
  • Professional development funds help faculty members attend workshops, conferences and training opportunities.   
  • Improvements can be made to the school facilities and teaching environments -- enhancing the programs, administrative functions and learning experience for students. 

Ways to give

  • The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic support at NBSS and is the most direct way to make a positive impact on today's students educational experience. A gift to the Annual Fund provides support that is vital for our daily operations and ensures that we continue to meet our high standards of excellence and commitment to both thrive and grow. 
  • Gifts to the School’s current use scholarship fund and the Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund provide scholarship assistance for today and for the future.
  • Sponsorship of the Annual Evening of Traditional Craft supports the annual fund and the opportunity to celebrate fine craftsmanship and cultivate a wider and more diverse audience for what we do.
  • Gifts to support specific projects or departments are always welcome. To discuss a specific-use gift, call the development department at 617-227-0155 x750.
  • The Pauline Agassiz Shaw Society recognizes North Bennet Street School’s most generous supporters.  Named in honor of the school’s founder and first benefactor, the Shaw Society welcomes individuals, corporations or foundations who contribute $1,000 or more in unrestricted giving during the fiscal year. 

A good investment

With careful and prudent financial management, NBSS operates in the black. An engaged Board of Directors provides guidance and a professional administration provide high-level management. The school operates on an August 1 - July 31 fiscal year and income and expenses are published each year in the Annual Report.

In addition, having met all 20 of the Bureau’s standards of ethical business practices, including honesty, integrity, reliability and trust, North Bennet Street School is recognized as an Accredited Charity by the Better Business Bureau

North Bennet Street School is grateful for gifts both large and small and believes that all donors should be treated professionally and ethically and have access to the information they need to make the best decisions to meet their philanthropic goals. The following Donor Bill of Rights outlines these tenants.    

Donor Bill of Rights - Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.

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