The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Annual Appeal

Your contribution to the annual appeal ensures the school’s excellence by underwriting a critical portion of the operating budget. It enables us to attract superb instructors, maintain the facilities in topnotch condition, and keep tuition within reach of students from many walks of life.                                                                                                                                              



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Education and Impact:
Endowing our Future

Your gift to our current endowment campaign sustainably increases the national impact of our educational programs in wood craftsmanship and design, for the benefit of future generations. 

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Endowment Funds

Your donation to our standing endowment funds advances the quality of the school in perpetuity by expanding scholarships and fellowships, retaining inspirational instructors and visiting artists, and preserving the physical plant.


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Planned Giving

Through a planned gift, you can make a significant contribution to the Center without compromising your current financial position. Some planned gifts provide you with additional income and reduce your taxes. But the greatest benefit is knowing you have strengthened the school’s ability to transmit the passion for craftsmanship to future generations.



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We are deeply grateful to the community of alumni and friends who make the growth and success of the school possible through their generous commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources.
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Endowment Funds

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Endowment Funds

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship has several established endowments to sustainably improve the excellence, effectiveness, and outreach of its programs:

    Faculty Development

    The Faculty Endowment ensures our ability to attract instructors who are outstanding professional woodworkers and designers from around the globe.


    The Scholarship Endowment gives life-changing educational opportunities to talented individuals who could not otherwise afford tuition.


    The Studio Fellowship Endowment provides emerging furniture makers, turners, and carvers with advanced opportunities for creative and professional growth.

    Visiting Artists

    The Visiting Artists Endowment enables outstanding professional woodworkers to explore fresh directions, while providing mentorship and inspiration to students and Studio Fellows.


    The Maintenance Endowment keeps our campus, buildings, and equipment in topnotch condition for future generations of students and instructors.



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If would like to learn more about endowment opportunities at the Center, please contact the school’s Executive Director, Peter Korn, at 207-594-5611 or


Current Campaign


Education and Impact: Endowing our Future

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The Center’s leadership firmly believes that a healthy nonprofit accepts change as a constant and continually strives to maximize its contribution to society. For that reason, we are implementing a vigorous, strategic plan—Education and Impact: Endowing our Future—to leverage the excellence of our existing educational programs for greater national impact.

In full, Education and Impact is designed to sustainably implement six significant initiatives in three phases, primarily through funding from new endowment.


Phase 1 is a transformational investment of $4.5 million to achieve four specific goals:

$1.0 million for innovative scholarships for vocational educators

$1.5 million for career-advancing Fellowships

$1.5 million for superlative executive leadership

$500,000 for sustainable institutional development


Phase 2 is an investment of $600,000 to expand the audience and influence of our Messler Gallery exhibitions.


Phase 3 is an investment of $1 million to make scholarships available for our flagship professional training, the Nine-month Comprehensive.



If you have questions or would like to make a donation or pledge in person, please contact Ellen Dyer, Development Director ( or Peter Korn, Director ( by email, or by phone at 207-594-5611.