Support the Museum of Craft and Design

Make a Donation

At the Museum of Craft and Design we seek to inspire through dynamic and engaging exhibitions and programs that explore and define the role of craft and design in our rapidly changing global culture. These experiences would not be possible without the generosity of supporters like you. Your 100% tax-deductible gift allows us to provide free workshops at libraries, schools, and other community locations for children and families in the Bay Area.

Looking to give more? Join the Donor Circle for gifts of $1,000 and above. For more information on ways to support MCD, please contact our Development Team at or 415.773.0303.

Donor Circle

Turn your love of craft and design into a legacy that inspires future generations. Donors at the $1,000 level and above automatically become part of the museum’s Donor Circle which includes more benefits than ever before. Your 100% tax-deductible gift supports leading-edge craft and design exhibitions and enables inspirational arts experiences for visitors of all ages.

All members of the Donor Circle receive:

  • Unlimited museum admission for two cardholders and one guest each plus free admission for children under 18
  • Reciprocal admission at over 1,000 museums nationwide through NARM including 14 museums in San Francisco
  • Invitations to member-only exhibition previews and private regional tours with artists, collectors and curators
  • Exclusive international travel opportunities with the Executive Director
  • 15% discount at our award-winning Museum Store

PATRON $1,000+
All Donor Circle benefits listed above plus:

  • Acknowledgment on the MCD Donor Wall and website
  • Invitations to exclusive Donor Circle exhibition previews, opening celebrations and intimate behind the scenes gatherings
  • Priority access and advanced registration opportunities for MCD programs and events

All Patron benefits listed above plus:

  • Private tours of MCD’s exhibitions for you and guests
  • Reserved VIP seating at select museum events and programs

ADVOCATE $5,000+
All Associate benefits plus:

  • Invitations to private cocktail receptions and dinners with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
  • Recognition of your supporting gift in the museum’s annual report

Ted Cohen Exhibition Fund

Help celebrate the fabulous Ted Cohen by supporting the exhibition fund named in his honor and celebrate all the fabulous work he does to make our exhibitions stand out and to also recognize designers, makers and artists who seek to inspire the world with their work. As our exhibition designer for over a decade, he has contributed to the success of the museum and our ability to stay at the forefront of the art scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on specific exhibition support, please contact our Development Team at or 415.773.0303.

Design Council

MCD’s Design Council is a group of thought leaders and businesses who see design as central to their success. Through their support, Design Council members help MCD cultivate a thriving Bay Area design scene that gathers designers in the exploration of process and the craft of design. For inquiries, please contact our Development Team at – more information coming in 2019!


Individual, foundational and corporate gifts support a broad range of initiatives at the museum, including:

  • Special exhibitions
  • Educational programming for children and adults
  • Special events and fundraisers

Supporters receive brand recognition, exclusive museum access, and special engagement opportunities for employees, clients and community partners. MCD is pleased to highlight our partners who provide energy that spurs the museum’s growth and helps us fulfill our mission while enriching the lives of the community.

Contact our Development Team to learn more about upcoming opportunities at or 415.773.0303.

Matching Gifts

If your employer offers a Matching Gift program you can use it to multiply the amount of your gift to MCD. We appreciate the companies that offer Matching Gift programs, and recognize them as donors. Please note that employer contributions can only be applied to individual gifts, not to membership fees.

Planned Giving

Join us in building a path to the future of creative expression and provide a legacy of support for the long-term future of the Museum of Craft and Design. Help us ensure that our institution continues to thrive as an inspiring and distinctive venue for contemporary craft and design.

If you’d like to discuss making a planned gift to MCD, such as a bequest in your will or living trust, or naming MCD as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to work with you and/or your estate planning attorney or financial advisor to thoughtfully and properly implement your wishes.

The Museum of Craft and Design is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable institution. For more information, please contact our Development Team at or 415.773.0303.

MCD Supporters

We appreciate the support of our family of members and donors.

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