Support the Museum of Craft and Design


As we assess the impact of the museum’s closure, we need your help in balancing this unknown territory. We kindly ask you to consider a donation online today. Gifts of any size make an incredible impact on our institution during these challenging times. We thank you for your incredible encouragement, trust, and unflagging support as we look forward to the time when we can welcome you with open arms back to the Museum of Craft and Design. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible.

Looking to give more? Join the Donor Circle ($1,000 and above) for special benefits and more (learn more below). For more information on ways to support MCD, please contact our Development Team at

Lemons to Lemon-aid

Originally launched in 2020, as part of the Museum’s year-end Critical Relief Fund Campaign, Lemons to Lemon-aid became an instant, “juicy” sensation. MCD and Public Glass supporters, from all over the country, truly helped our two organizations turn Lemons to Lemon-aid by “picking” hundreds of our limited edition yellow LemonsWith each Lemon purchase, MCD donated 20% of the proceeds back to Public Glass, helping put their glass artisans back to work.

Now, due to popular demand, we are continuing our partnership into 2021 with the addition of a new Pink Lemon color option – now available for pre-order, just in time for spring. These limited edition cast Lemons are only available through the Museum of Craft and Design’s Store – so buy one or enough to fill a bowl!

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

Jennifer Carroll Wilson Fund for Children’s Art Education

Honor the life and creative spirit of Jennifer Carroll Wilson through this fund which supports access to high-quality art education opportunities for children and families in the Bay Area. Jennifer was a bright light at MCD and a champion of our mission, consistently supportive as a gifted board member, generous donor, talented jeweler represented in our store, and an avid volunteer. This fund will ensure that her memory and impact is not forgotten.

Ted Cohen Exhibition Fund

Help celebrate the fabulous Ted Cohen by supporting the exhibition fund named in his honor. The Ted Cohen Exhibition Fund is the perfect opportunity to honor Ted’s brilliant work and will perpetuate inspired planning and delivery of new contemporary exhibitions.
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, the Design Council helps cultivate a thriving Bay Area design scene that gathers designers in the exploration of process and the craft of design. To learn more, please contact our Development Team at


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.

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