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About Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+):

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) began in 1985 when co-founders Carol Sedestrom Ross, then president of American Craft Enterprises, and glassblower Josh Simpson recognized the inherent mutual aid within the craft community and the generosity of artists to collect monetary donations during shows and exhibitions in support of fellow artists dealing with emergencies. CERF+ was officially established in 1985 to expand this grassroots effort and has since emerged as the leading and only national nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on the readiness, relief, and recovery of craft artists. Since 2017, CERF+ has provided more than $3.1 million in emergency and preparedness financial assistance to 2,065+ craft artists whose careers were threatened by illness, injury, accident, pandemic, or weather-related natural disasters. CERF+’s mission is to serve artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.  Our core services include education, advocacy, network building, emergency relief, and readiness for craft artists in the United States and territories.

CERF+ is an equal-opportunity at-will employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. People from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. CERF+ does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


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