Photo: Rachel Brose

At BURKELMAN, we are committed to making a difference in the world.

Now through December 31, 2014, BURKELMAN will donate 5% of net sales, towards The Africa Conservation School Project. The ACS Project is a joint effort between MASS Design Group and The African Wildlife Foundation to build schools in environmentally threatened areas in Africa.

Additionally, many of the fantastic designers and design companies that BURKELMAN features have donated items to be sold with 100% of the proceeds from the sale being given to The ACS Project.

Classrooms in the recently completed Ilima School, in The Democratic Republic of Congo, are open to the forest and landscaping around the school, connecting, by design, students and the community to their environment. (Rendering courtey of MASS Design Group)

Why Conservation & Education

Education is a powerful social investment for disrupting the cycle of poverty along with the resulting environmental degradation.

Children living in Africa’s rural areas often face two divergent paths: Those without education often exploit the natural resources around them to survive—cutting trees for charcoal, for example, or hunting wildlife for food—while those with access to education will have more opportunities to secure employment in the formal economy and no longer need to exploit their surrounding natural resources to build prosperous lives.

Photo: Antoine Tabou for The African Wildlife Foundation

The Ilima school is built entirely from local labor and materials, and designed based on in-depth immersive research MASS Design conducted on-site and in collaboration with the local community.The building features a brand new, earthquake-safe, resilient brick mixture to ensure the building’s safety and longevity, as well as roof shingles fashioned from local trees.

Photo: Rachel Brose

Our Company Is In Good Company

BURKELMAN would like to thank the following participating designers and design companies. They have all generously donated items to be sold with 100% of the sales proceeds going towards the Africa Conservation School Project. Many of the donated items are one of a kind objects.


Bib & Sola
Creative Women
Gail Garcia Dinner-Ware
Home & Loft
Hudson Beach Glass
Iacoli & McAllister
Rutheny Jewelry

Kimberlin Brown Jewelry
Nell & Mary
Rebecca Atwood
Sara Bengur

Siemon & Salazar
Takara Jewelry
Two/One Ceramics
Workaday Handmade
Young In The Mountains


Featured Donations

BURKELMAN Is Giving 5% of All Sales, This Holiday Season, To The ACS Project

The more you gift, the more we give. It all adds up and there’s no limit on how much we will donate.

The money will go directly to designing and building schools. MASS Design Group and The African Wildlife Foundation are currently planning conservation schools in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

This 5 Minute Video Says It All

Ilima: Beyond Sustainability from MASS Design Group on Vimeo.




MASS Design Group uses architecture to improve people’s lives through designing and building infrastructure, research and training programs, and policy work.

MASS immerses itself in the challenges its partners and their constituents face, and develops solutions that are contextually optimized.

MASS believes the bare minimum is never acceptable, and goes to great lengths to ensure communities receive dignifying and beautiful built environment solutions.

Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent.

AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people.

Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.


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