The Guild successfully navigated the Covid epidemic, and now we are on a trajectory to strengthen our community.
Traditionally, our programs have been funded by three main sources: conference and event registrations, income from community building projects, and membership dues. This year, we began incorporating a major donor and philanthropic element. A member in Montana donated $10,000, while another in the Northwest donated $40,000.
How does philanthropy help our community? It allows us to offer discounts or travel stipends to early-career framers. It allows us to test new programs and improve existing ones. And it allows us to reach out to new audiences, especially those that are underrepresented in the construction and framing community. Click here for our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan and to read more about our work.
This year, we invite you to participate in our End-of-year Campaign. The Guild is seeking four types of donations:
Your tax-deductible contribution can be made using a credit card or check or a donation of stocks or mutual funds. Credit card contributions can be made using the form below. Checks can be mailed to the Guild: 299 Pratt Road, Alstead, NH 03602. For other types of donations such as stocks and bonds, please call the Guild at 833-TMBRFRM (833-862-7376) or write to us at email@example.com.
Gifts may be acknowledged online or in the Guild's Annual Report. To allocate your gift to a particular purpose, please mention that in the notes field. If you would like your gift to be anonymous, please include that request in the notes field.
Timber Framing founder and editor emeritus and founding Guild member Ken Rower passed away this year, after decades of providing guidance to craftspeople, designers, and engineers as they shared their knowledge of timber framing in writing. Ken's website includes some of his writings, woodwork, and more.
This year, we have received gifts in memory of David Rogers, and David's family contributed many books to the Guild's new library. Among his many accomplishments, David was the log home preservationist responsible for the restoration of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society's Log House Museum. In this video shared by the organization, David demonstrates his craft as a log-structure preservationist.
We have also received many contributions in honor of Will Beemer, one of the Guild's founders and a person whose life is intertwined with that of the Guild and the Heartwood School. A few years ago, The Berkshire Eagle (MA) published a lovely story about Will and his approach to life. Gifts in his memory will be used for scholarships for Heartwood students.
The Guild has a Platinum Rating with Guidestar, the national clearinghouse for charities. Click here to read our Guidestar profile.