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Timber Framers Guild

Enriching Community Through Craft

Alstead, NH   |  https://www.tfguild.org

Mission

To advance timber framing and support our community through research, education, and industry. Through our programming, we support effective housing and infrastructure, historic preservation, knowledge sharing, economic development, jobs creation and jobs training, and sustainability. 

Notes from the nonprofit

At its founding in the 1980s, the Guild was known as the Timber Framers Guild of North America. During the intervening years, it expanded its mission to be global and shortened its name to be simply Timber Framers Guild. In 2017, the Guild reincorporated in the State of Arizona. In 2019, the Guild purchased the assets of the Heartwood School, which had been established in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Today, Heartwood operates as an affiliated non-profit whose board members are appointed by the Guild, and it offers about two dozen courses per year on timber framing to adult learners ages sixteen to senior citizen.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Jackson DuBois

Main address

299 Pratt Road

Alstead, NH 03602 USA

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EIN

81-4201896

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (J19)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Timber-frame structures have been built for thousands of years, and the Guild promotes this craft: the application and use of timber-framing techniques. We support sustainable communities, jobs creation, effective infrastructure, responsible consumption, and climate action by making people aware of specialized wood construction practices and technologies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conferences and Public Programs

The Guild hosts regional and national educational programs and hands-on workshops focused on professional and personal development of those engaged in the craft of timber framing and related pursuits such as engineering and design.

Population(s) Served

The Guild works with partner agencies and non-profit organizations to design and build public structures using volunteer crews who participate to support communities and expand their knowledge. These projects are done to educate our members, demonstrate the value of timber frame structures, and provide lasting benefits to the communities that underwrite them. To date, more than 100 projects have been carried out in the United States and abroad.

Population(s) Served

The Guild publishes the journal-of-record for our community. The quarterly magazine, Timber Framing, has been published since 1989 and is a deep archive for information on the technology, theory, practice, design, engineering, conservation, and preservation of a wide array of structures. The member magazine, Scantlings, tells the story of our members and the Guild. The Guild also develops, supports, and/or publishes research related to engineering, the Unified Building Code, design, and more.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Research and Knowledge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Guild has individual and institutional / corporate members. This figure is based on the number of individuals who are eligible to vote in our board election, which is held in the fall.

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Projects

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year the Guild works with localities, non-profit organizations, and coalitions to design and build beautiful timber frame structures that benefit and strengthen local people and places.

Number of consulting projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Projects

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Guild works with localities, non-profit organizations, and coalitions on the design of beautiful timber framed structures. Some proposals lead to community building programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Timber Framers Guild is dedicated to promoting, supporting, honoring, and advancing the craft of timber framing and building with wood. Through our programming, we support community development, jobs creation, effective infrastructure, responsible consumption, and sustainability. 

We have a four-pronged strategy:
1. Conferences and programs to share the unique knowledge of our members
2. Public programs to expand awareness of the craft and the benefits of timber framing
3. Research and publications to advance knowledge
4. Training programs and apprenticeships

Our capabilities are based on the strength of our community and a deep base of knowledge and intellectual capital.
* A network of individual members who provide financial support and promote our mission
* A network of corporate members and institutional supporters who provide financial support, create jobs, and oversee projects
* A network of volunteers who lead or participate in our programming

Since 1989, Guild members and stakeholders have built or restored timber-frame structures valued at billions of dollars. These include houses, historic sites, buildings used for worship or education, covered bridges and barns, and public infrastructure such as farmers markets and visitor centers. Over the years, we have convened over 100 conferences and scores of on-site training programs, created an Apprenticeship Training Program recognized by the US Dept of Labor, and advised agencies and organizations on engineering-related topics.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Timber Framers Guild

Board of directors
as of 11/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Christopher Koehn

Rene Allen

Sandy Bennett

Jim Desantis

Brad Morse

Bill Sturm

Michael Cuba

Grigg Mullen

Bo Foard

Julie Hildebrand

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.