Lives & Livelihoods Campaign

We have the ambitious goal of awarding $1,000,000 in scholarships to students by 2022. We are grateful for our generous NBSS community, who have helped raise over $16.7 million of our $20,000,000. Our work is not yet done, however—your continued support is crucial for us to reach the most deserving students.

Your gift will create life-changing opportunities for the next generation of craftspeople. The Lives & Livelihoods Campaign has the full support and participation of the School's Board of Directors, who believe the goal is too important not to realize. We hope you will join us and help make a difference for current and future students at NBSS.

An education in craft is as important today as it was when we were founded 1881.

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For over 135 years, the mission of North Bennet Street School has been to provide vocational training as a path to self-sufficiency and a meaningful, productive life. That mission is no less relevant today than it was at the School's inception. At a time when many question the assumption that a four-year college education is essential for success in life, when student loan debt is over $1.2 trillion, and when 48% of college graduates are working jobs that do not require a four-year degree, we offer an alternative path to a rewarding career.

North Bennet Street School is a treasure for the City of Boston. I share the School's commitment to an accessible, quality education, and to ensuring that everyone has a fair shot at realizing their full potential.


Cabinet & Furniture Making instruction

As the preeminent school of craft, we provide the highest quality education possible.

Our educational philosophy is focused on hand-skills training that is by nature intensive, intimate, and community oriented. Ultimately, our method seeks to teach the “whole person” how to make a living and lead a fuller life.

We teach skills that will always be needed, for jobs that cannot be exported.

Scholarship aid is essential if we are to accept the best, brightest, and broadest possible range of students.

With less student debt, the next generation of our graduates will be free to pursue careers based on their passions, not their financial obligations.

Campaign Goal: $1M scholarships per year

Providing our students with excellence in education comes at a cost.

It is not realistic to expect an individual to embark upon a career in craft, with modest expectations for financial rewards in the early years, to assume this level of debt.

Excellence in education comes at a cost.

With your help, we will carry the School's mission into the future.

By lowering the cost of enrollment, hardworking students can focus on their education rather than paying the bills while in School. With less student debt, the next generation of our graduates will be free to pursue careers based on their passions, not their financial obligations.

With your help, we will be able to provide a high quality education in craft.

Thanks to Our Generous Donors

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  • Dorothy C. Africa BB ’93
  • Jacob D. Albert
  • David CF ’11 & Holly Ambler
  • Jeannie & Henry Becton, Jr.
  • McKey BB ’11 & James Berkman
  • Patricia H. Biggar
  • Phyllis & David Bloom
  • Katherine Colt Boden
  • Brian C. Broderick
  • Gladys Brooks Foundation
  • Ellen C. Burbank
  • William T. & Louise Burgin
  • Brad Calloway
  • Richard & Betsy Cheek
  • Chevy Chase Trust
  • H. Nichols B. Clark
  • Paul Combe
  • Edward S. Cooke Jr. and Carol Warner
  • William G. Creelman
  • Bruce & Lynn Dayton
  • Bob & Bobo Devens
  • Forbes & Carolyn Dewey
  • E & L Campbell Family Foundation
  • The Hon. Simon Eccles and Carolyn Hilt
  • Samuel & Avril Ellenport
  • Janet & Chris English
  • Mark Esser & Amanda Hegarty
  • Florence Everett
  • The Felicia Fund, Inc.
  • David & Karen Firestone
  • Erin Fletcher BB ’12
  • Aude Gabory BB ’09
  • Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB ’93 & J. Matthew Gardiner
  • Jan & Ron Geddes
  • Jock Gifford JM ’97, CF ’01 & Brigid Sullivan
  • Ken Gilbert BB ’10
  • Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF ’99
  • Robert Goodman
  • David Greenewalt Charitable Trust
  • Mr. & Mrs. H.D.S. Greenway & Family
  • Thomas W. Haas Foundation
  • Kirk & Kathryn Hachigian
  • Devens H. & Sandy Hamlen
  • Barbara Adams Hebard BB ’90
  • Tessa & John Hedley-Whyte
  • Julie E. & Bayard Henry
  • Marilyn L. BB ’88 & James L. Heskett
  • William CF ’07 & Corinna Hettinger
  • High Meadows Foundation
  • Nancy J. Hoffman
  • Randall & Tanya Holton, in honor of David Ambler
  • Edward & Marianna Howland
  • Luisa Hunnewell & Larry Newman
  • Francis O. Hunnewell Family
  • Emily & Frank Hunnewell
  • M. Luisa B. Hunnewell
  • Rebecca Hunnewell MD
  • Walter & Lila Hunnewell
  • Willard P. Hunnewell
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation
  • Timothy J. Hunt
  • Jack & Libby Jacobs
  • Starr Moore
  • Elizabeth B. Johnson
  • Peder C. Johnson
  • Martha Kearsley
  • Wallace Kemp
  • Vin CF ’13 & Becky Kennedy
  • Charles CF ’05 & Charlotte Kline
  • Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers
  • Joseph L. & Peggy R. Kociubes
  • John Langer
  • Catherine C. Lastavica
  • David W. Lewis Jr.
  • Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation
  • Brooks Lobkowicz
  • Lux Mentis Booksellers
  • Michael & Cynthia Malm
  • Avital Manor Peleg
  • The Manton Foundation
  • Anne & Marc Margulies
  • James M. Marsh
  • Walter McDonald
  • Mark McGraw
  • Michael and Louisa von Clemm Foundation, in memory of Lisa von Clemm
  • Caroline Mortimer
  • Patrick CF ’97 & Danielle Muecke
  • Richard CF ’05 & Marie BB ’02 Oedel
  • Nick Offerman
  • Carol O'Hare
  • John F. O'Regan BB ’97
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
  • Daniel L. Quinn & John B. Quinn
  • Adrienne & Mitchell Rabkin
  • David A. and Susan Berkman Rahm, in honor of McKey Berkman
  • James Reid-Cunningham BB ’90
  • Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation
  • Jim & Sandy Righter
  • Cornelia C. Roberts
  • Lea & Adam Rutledge
  • Lisa Shaw
  • Laura & William Shucart
  • Ronald & Mary Skates
  • Parker & Natalie Small, in memory of Ettore Battaglia
  • Steven B. Soppe
  • Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
  • Mary F. Stevens
  • Lewis PA ’80 & Toni Surdam
  • Manson & Anne Surdam
  • Peter H. Talbot
  • Geneva CF ’16 & William Thorndike
  • Edmund C. Toomey
  • John A. Totter PT ’15, PA ’16
  • Nicholas & Elizabeth Deane
  • Colin Urbina BB ’11
  • Gaye Hill & Jeffrey Urbina
  • Anne Van Nostrand
  • James A. S. Walker
  • Mary Grace Whalen BB ’16
  • Mary & Tim Williams
  • Dr. Hsushi Yeh
  • Anonymous (8)
  • Anonymous, in memory of Anibal Hernandez Garcia Sanabria
  • Campaign Committee

    David Ambler CF ’11
    McKey Berkman BB ’11
    Brian Broderick
    Bruce Dayton Co-Chair
    Janet English

    Marc Margulies
    Patrick Muecke CF ’97
    Danielle Muecke
    Nick Offerman
    Genie Thorndike CF ’16 Co-Chair


    Please contact Christine Murphy, Director of Development at or 617-227-0155 x170.