The Ddora Foundation

FAQ

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Does the Ddora Foundation make awards to individual artisans and craft-makers?

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No, we fund only the work of certified nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.


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Will the Ddora Foundation support a capital campaign to increase my school’s capacity to teach traditional arts & crafts?

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Sorry, the foundation’s grants are dedicated exclusively to the activities of teaching and learning. We do not contribute to capital campaigns.


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What qualifies as a craft tradition worthy of your support?

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The foundation addresses a broad range of handicrafts, applied & decorative arts, skilled crafts, and traditional material cultures. Among the projects we have researched or supported are Appalachian folk crafts, Sea Island basketry, Mardi Gras Indian beadwork, Rumford fireplace construction, New England cabinetry & furniture making, colonial masonry & building arts, violin making & repair, Byzantine bookbinding, wooden boatbuilding & restoration, and Swedish weaving.


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Does the Ddora Foundation make grants overseas?

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Although we recognize craft trades preservation as a global movement, the foundation is not presently equipped to make overseas grants. In some instances, however, we offer institutions the ability to invite foreign scholars and artisans to demonstrate their unique talents in the United States.


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What kinds of programs does the foundation support?

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We offer tuition assistance in accordance with the grantee’s existing programs. We focus on full-time study, apprenticeships, and intensive workshops. Generally excluded are weekend and other short-duration programs aimed toward hobbyists, no disrespect intended. 


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How can we renew our annual Ddora Foundation grant?

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Successful renewal of your initial foundation grant depends on timely reporting according to established guidelines. For each grant we anticipate receiving semi-annual reports in compliance with IRS rules. We recommend self-reporting by your students, an institutional evaluation of funded activities, press clippings, and relevant data on professional outcomes. It is especially important to record the longitudinal impact of our scholarships. This information is strategic for plans to increase our funding capacity.

 


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