Ways to Give


Named Scholarships

Because of generous donors like you, we are privileged to award scholarships to deserving students each year. Friends and alumni can create a scholarship in honor or memory of a loved one by establishing the scholarship name, award criteria and funding method. Annual scholarships make a significant difference by reducing the education costs of Great Lakes Boat Building School students.

SOS Membership

When you join the Shipwright’s Opportunity Society (SOS) you support students through things like tuition reduction, tool scholarships, and resource development. You also get to enjoy some pretty great rewards while you get to know the students you are supporting. Please see the Membership Grid on the SOS page for more details.


Help students and leave a legacy with gifts of cash, real estate, appreciated securities like stocks and bonds, retirement assets and beneficiary designations through bequests and life insurance. All may be donated to GLBBS.


Help us pay off our mortgage and eliminate capital debt, develop new revenue sourcing, and set up a solid foundation for the future.

Your gift will enrich lives and secure a sustainable future to realize a key mission of Great Lakes Boat Building School: preserving the craft of boat building.

Flagship: $200,000 and up
Admiral’s Circle: $100,000
Commodore’s Circle: $50,000
Captain’s Quarters: $25,000
Helmsman’s Club: $15,000
Oarsman’s Club: $10,000
Shipwright’s Chest: $5,000
Stewardship: $1,000
Homeport: Up to $1,000

Donors will be recognized on a handsome donor display installed in the school’s entry.

Corporate Partnerships

GLBBS is preparing the next generation of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. We offer many ways for your corporation or foundation to partner with us. In addition, we welcome your ideas for building a strong alliance. Please contact our Director of Administration at (906)484-1081 to begin your partnership with Great Lakes Boat Building School.


A gift of personal property may include equipment, boats, inventory, books, works of art, or other tangible property. Gifts-in-kind will be used to benefit the school as designated by the donor. Acceptance of the gift is based on whether we can use the gift in furtherance of our mission. Consideration will be given to the cost of accepting and maintaining the gift as well as costs associated with potential resale of the gift.

Depending upon the donor’s tax circumstances, a charitable deduction may be claimed if the gift is accepted for the School’s tax-exempt purposes.


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GLBBS is a qualified 501c(3) educational institution.  All gifts are tax deductible.

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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