Lives & Livelihoods Campaign

Together, we made a promise to the future. It was a promise to possibility, to excellence, and to the students who will be come leaders in traditional trade and craft.

NBSS set the goals in 2015. Over four years, you helped to fulfill the promise through the Lives & Livelihoods campaign.


total endowed funds by December 31, 2018, enabling more student aid


freeze annual tuition increases by 2020, and limit future increases moving forward


scholarship awards for our talented students each year by 2024

Your response as a community was truly inspiring. Ultimately, we exceeded our ambitious goal by building an endowment of $20,560,847.

With your help, our current and future graduates will be free to pursue careers based on their passions, with less of a financial burden. They will go on to shape the future of fine craftsmanship, become the next generation of leaders in their fields, and make a tangible, lasting difference in communities near and far.

Thank you for your generous support.

Thank you for supporting our students.

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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Individuals, Businesses, and Foundations

Dorothy C. Africa BB ’93

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Jacob D. Albert

Timothy J. Hunt

David CF ’11 & Holly Ambler

Tim & Joanie Ingraham

William & Nancy Ames

David & Ann Ingram

Karen Arras

Kenneth & Robin Isaacs

David E. Bader

Jack & Libby Jacobs

Francis & Carla Baird

Anita Johnson

Cathleen A. Baker

Elizabeth B. Johnson

Nancy Baker

Kristen N. Johnson

Jeannie & Henry Becton, Jr.

Peder C. Johnson

McKey BB ’11 & James Berkman

David W. Jones PC ’14, in memory of Roger D. Jones

Patricia H. Biggar

Harold N. & Jennie Hunnewell Kaplan

Tom & Tracey Bird

Martha Kearsley

Phyllis & David Bloom

Wallace Kemp

Katherine Colt Boden

Vin CF ’13 & Becky Kennedy

Mary Patrick Bogan

Charles CF ’05 & Charlotte Kline

Fleur S. Bresler

Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers

Brian C. Broderick

Joseph L. & Peggy R. Kociubes

David & Anne Bromer

John Langer

Gladys Brooks Foundation

Catherine C. Lastavica

Brooks Ltd. Piano Products, in honor of Jack Stebbins

Seth & Cynthia Lawry

Desmond Brown

Thomas Lee CF ’88

Ellen C. Burbank

Kate Levy BB ’18

William T. & Louise Burgin

David W. Lewis, Jr.

Brad Calloway

Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation

John Carrera BB ’96

Brooks Lobkowicz

Richard & Betsy Cheek

Lux Mentis, Booksellers

Chevy Chase Trust

Lynch & Lynch, Attorneys

H. Nichols B. Clark

Michael & Cynthia Malm

Judith A. Cohen BB ’98

Avital Manor Peleg

Paul Combe

The Manton Foundation

Edward S. Cooke, Jr. & Carol Warner

Anne & Marc Margulies

William G. Creelman

Kathleen A. Markees BB ’92

Jill Davenport PT ’94

James M. Marsh

Bruce & Lynn Dayton

Walter McDonald

Nicholas & Elizabeth Deane

Mark McGraw

Bob & Bobo Devens

Tish & Steve Mead

Forbes & Carolyn Dewey

Michael and Louisa von Clemm Foundation, Inc.

Mario DiLeo

Ned Miller PC ’98

Dr. Thomas Divilio

Starr Moore

Patricia Dranoff, in honor of Walter McDonald

Caroline Mortimer

E & L Campbell Family Foundation

Patrick CF ’97 & Danielle Muecke

Simon Eccles & Carolyn Hitt

Rebecca Métois BB ’17

Samuel & Avril Ellenport

Amanda Nelsen BB ’07

Janet & Chris English

John Nove BB ’07

Arini Esarey BB ’11

Carol O’Hare

Mark Esser & Amanda Hegarty

John F. O’Regan BB ’97

Florence Everett

Richard CF ’05 & Marie BB ’02 Oedel

Paul H. Farris

Nick Offerman

The Felicia Fund, Inc.

Selma Ordewer

David & Karen Firestone

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

Erin Fletcher BB ’12

The Pennyghael Foundation

Doris C. Freitag

The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust

Claire Fruitman CF ’96, Brian & Griffin Bram

Daniel L. Quinn & John B. Quinn

Aude Gabory BB ’09

Adrienne & Mitchell Rabkin

Melissa Gallin & Alessandro Vianello

David A. & Susan Berkman Rahm, in honor of McKey Berkman

Paula J. Garbarino CA ’80, CF ’88

James Reid-Cunningham BB ’90

Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB ’93 & J. Matthew Gardiner

Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation

Chris Gates

Jim & Sandy Righter

Jan & Ron Geddes

Cornelia C. Roberts

Jock Gifford JM ’97, CF ’01 & Brigid Sullivan

June & Jack Robinson

Ken Gilbert BB ’10

Lea & Adam Rutledge

Claire Grund Gillespie BB ’05

Schooner Foundation

Robert Goodman

David & Marie Louise Scudder

Bruns & Penny Grayson

Lisa Shaw

David Greenewalt Charitable Trust

Laura & William Shucart

Mr. & Mrs. H.D.S. Greenway & Family

Ronald & Mary Skates

Gale Guild

Parker & Natalie Small, in memory of Ettore Battaglia

Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF ’99

Steven B. Soppe

Thomas W. Haas Foundation

Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

Kirk & Kathryn Hachigian

Mary F. Stevens

Rick & Mary Jo Hamilton

Lewis PA ’80 & Toni Surdam

Devens H. & Sandy Hamlen

Manson & Anne Surdam

Yumiko Harris BB ’08

Peter H. Talbot

Marsha S. Hassett VM ’98

Hannah Tashjian BB ’05

Deborah M. Hauser

Pamela Thayer

Barbara Adams Hebard BB ’90

Geneva CF ’16 & William Thorndike

Tessa & John Hedley-Whyte

Joan & Nicholas Thorndike

Julie E. & Bayard Henry

Edmund C. Toomey

Robert & Jane Herbert

John A. Totter PT ’15, PA ’16

Marilyn L. BB ’88 & James L. Heskett

Barbara Trachtenberg

William CF ’07 & Corinna Hettinger

Ro Trainor JM ’91

High Meadows Foundation

Colin Urbina BB ’11

Hilary & Eric Woodward

Gaye Hill & Jeffrey Urbina

Nancy J. Hoffman

Wagner Foundation

Randall & Tanya Holton, in honor of David Ambler

James A. S. Walker

Barbara & Amos Hostetter

Deborah Wender

Edward & Marianna Howland

Western Ohio Woodworkers Organization

Brent Hull PC ’93

Mary Grace Whalen BB ’16

Luisa Hunnewell & Larry Newman

Mary & Tim Williams

Tommy & Jen Hunnewell

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Francis O. Hunnewell Family

Dr. Hsushi Yeh

Emily & Frank Hunnewell

Anonymous (12)

M. Luisa B. Hunnewell

Anonymous, in memory of Anibal Hernandez Garcia Sanabria

Rebecca Hunnewell, MD

Walter & Lila Hunnewell

Willard P. Hunnewell

Endowed Scholarships

Generous donations from individuals and foundations have made possible a wide range of endowed scholarships for qualified NBSS students. Some of these are based on financial need, while others are based on merit.

For more information about creating a scholarship fund, please contact our Development Office at or 617-227-0155 x 172.

  • The Surdam-Murphy Scholarship (Basic Piano Technology)
  • Board of Advisors Endowed Scholarship
  • Lisa von Clemm Bookbinding Scholarship
  • Partners in Craft (Carpentry & Preservation Carpentry)
  • Vin Kennedy (veterans and/or immigrants)
  • Gladys Brooks Foundation Scholarship (based on merit)
  • Harold Whitworth Pierce Scholarship Endowment
  • Linn Foundation Veterans Program Endowment
  • Heskett Scholarship (Bookbinding)
  • Manton Foundation Scholarship
  • Western Ohio Woodworking Organization Scholarship
  • Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund
  • Hess Scholarship Fund (Violin Making)
  • Comly (Piano Technology)
  • Sanborn Mills Scholarship (New Hampshire residents only)
  • Lovett-Woodsum
  • Ddora Foundation

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 our Development Department at or 617-227-0155 x172.