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Haystack is fortunate to have loyal and generous supporters who make it possible for the school to thrive. There are numerous ways to support Haystack—ranging from donations, volunteering your time, in-kind giving, or participating in programs, to including the school in your estate planning.

WAYS TO Support Haystack

Annual Appeal

Donations made to the school’s annual fund support Haystack’s annual operating budget. Your generosity will ensure we remain a vibrant organization by attracting world-class faculty, improving the studios, supporting our extraordinary staff, and providing scholarships to more than 25% of the students attending the school. gifts of all levels matter and one person can make a difference.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Haystack is fortunate to have loyal and generous supporters who make it possible for us to award full scholarships to 25% of students attending the school. We are firmly committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and as an artistic community believe in celebrating divergent points of view.

View a full list of our endowed Scholarship and Fellowship funds here.

One of the most powerful tools we have in supporting this mission is our scholarship program, which provides assistance to more than 130 students annually from as near as Deer Isle to as far away as Palestine, Finland, and Thailand.

Donors have taken steps to endow individual Fellowships and Scholarships that we are able to allocate, on an annual basis, in keeping with the intentions and directives of each fund. A named scholarship can be created with a gift of $30,000 and provides tuition, room and board for a two-week workshop. A fellowship can be created with a gift of $40,000 and includes the addition of a travel stipend to offset the expense of travel to and from Deer Isle.

Haystack is also able to work with individual donors to establish Current Year Scholarships at $1,745 each*, providing a student with tuition, room and board to attend a two-week workshop in a given season.

Ensuring the school supports all students with no bias in regard to age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status will remain one of our most critical goals. The Haystack scholarship program is supported through annual fund contributions, end of session auctions, the summer Gala, grants, and our scholarship endowment.

Endowed scholarship and fellowship funds are awarded through an annual review process. Haystack administers each fund according to fund descriptions.

*2021 Value



Haystack traditionally hosts an annual, invitational Summer Gala & Private Auction. This event, held on our campus in July, has been our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support scholarships and community-based programs. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this event, email

Planned Giving

There are many types of planned giving and Haystack will work to best meet the intentions and wishes of donors. Estate gifts most often have tax benefits, and planning should occur with the consultation and advice of a professional advisor.






Members of this group—currently at fifty-plus people—have notified Haystack that the School is included in their wills.



For more information about planned giving options, contact Development Director, Ginger Aldrich, at or (207) 348-2306.


Haystack’s Gateway Newsletter and Annual Report is published annually each spring. The publication serves as a reporting of the previous fiscal year - with updates about our summer workshops, residency, and conference; Maine and community programs; grant activity; fellowship and scholarship funds, partnerships, and recipients; updates regarding our trustees, staff, faculty, and alumni; community-based artists residencies; and exhibitions, as well as other news and events.

If you would like to receive newsletter issues or be added to our eNewsletter mailing list for notifications, please contact us at or (207) 348-2306.