How do we make it happen?
It starts with your support.

Tinker|Bristol offers Rhode Islanders an ingenious, community-based approach to making things, developing products, creating jobs, and growing businesses. Before Tinker|Bristol can be fully operational, together we must raise funds to renovate our historic manufacturing space; modernize its infrastructure; retrofit and furnish the facility; and equip the makerspace with professional-grade advanced prototyping and manufacturing equipment. Our goal is to raise capital funding of $750,000 by December 31, 2015. With your help, we can make it happen!

Thank You!

Please Join Us!

To make a gift or learn more about how you can support Tinker|Bristol, please email us at:

“Rhode Island’s statewide advocate for historic places

Tinker|Bristol is honored to partner with Preserve Rhode Island (PRI), who is our fiscal sponsor during this critical start-up phase. Gifts to the Tinker|Bristol are made to PRI for the Tinker|Bristol project. Preserve Rhode Island is committed to protecting Rhode Island’s historic structures and unique places for present and future generations.

Thank you
Rhode Island Foundation

For generously providing seed funding to develop Tinker|Bristol.

The Rhode Island Foundation believes that the community is stronger when everyone participates.

The Tinker|Bristol Fund

What your gift supports:


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Tinker|Bristol Founders - Gifts of $100,000 and above

Naming rights are available for the makerspace, incubator, mezzanine offices and lounge area, depending on the level of support. Gifts may be made payable in installments over three years.

Tinker|Bristol Partners - Gifts of $50,000 to $99,999

Gifts at the Partner level support major expenditures such as constructing the metal, wood and wet rooms; securing leveling the floor; installing the HVAC and gas; or purchasing a resin 3-D printer.

Tinker|Bristol Innovators - Gifts of $25,000 to $49,999

Gifts at the Innovator level support the installation of electrical, telecom and data systems, as well as the purchase of large professional-grade equipment, such as a filament 3-D printer.

Tinker|Bristol Makers - Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999

Gifts at the Maker level support many important components of the Tinker|Bristol build-out, including the purchase of a laser cutter or CNC machine; the construction of walls, partitions and doors; and the installation of cabinets, counters and fittings for the café.

Tinker|Bristol Wall of Honor - Gifts of $5,000 and above

Any donor who supports Tinker|Bristol with combined gifts of $5,000 or more per year are invited to participate in the Manufacturing Wall of Honor.

Tinker|Bristol Contributors - Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

Gifts at the Contributor level support the purchase of equipment and tools, such as, a table saw; air filters and hoods; safety, chemistry, textiles and electronic equipment; and metal and wood-working tools.

Donations of equipment (new or used) will be gratefully received.

For information on how to make a donation of equipment, contact us at [email protected].

The Manufacturing
Wall of Honor

Pay tribute to the maker in your company or in your family.

Do you know someone who manufactured or made things? What is their story?

Share a photo or an object for display in Tinker|Bristol.