The Ddora Foundation


The foundation began with an initial bequest from Dora Curtis (1894 -1992). Incorporated in 2008 the name resulted from existence of another ‘Dora’ in the nonprofit registry. Rather than switch names, the founders doubled down on “d,” hence the Ddora Foundation (pronounced as Dora.)

The founders visited crafts schools to observe students and their instructors at work, assess their needs, and solicit proposals. Among the traditions we have researched or supported are Appalachian 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 textile arts.