Guidelines +  Recommendations for desigNYC Collaborations
These guidelines have been written with the intention of providing encouragement, guidance, and recommendations for the management of pro bono design services to the desigNYC community.
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desigNYC Case Statement
This PDF features more in-depth information about desigNYC — our mission, vision, impact as well as community and advocacy programs.
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desigNYC was by inspired by President Obama’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s service initiatives and other groups doing great work here in the city and beyond, including:
1% Program of Public Architecture
Architecture for Humanity—Open Architecture Network
Design Trust for Public Space
The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Making Policy Public Program
NYC Service
Taproot Foundation

Pro Bono Resources
The Taproot Foundation’s Pro Bono Action Tank
Amazing collection of best practices and tools to help you realize and maximize the true business value and social impact from your pro bono efforts.

Public Architecture’s 1% User’s Guide
Introduces the concept and principles of pro bono design to firm and nonprofit leaders.

The Bloomberg Administration—NYC Service
Blueprint for civic engagement in NYC

Grant Ideas
Sappi Ideas that Matter
Annual grant program from the Sappi paper company aimed at helping designers contribute their talents to the charitable activities that they care about most. Sappi believes that the creative ideas of designers can have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that those ideas can be a powerful force for social good. To date, Ideas that Matter has awarded $10 million worldwide in grants supporting causes that range from youth centers and health care awareness to wildlife protection.

Nau Grant for Change
Annual $10,000 grant program from the Nau eco-clothing label aimed at creating sustainable change in communities. The first year focused on artists, the second year on design as a tool for social change. (DesigNYC was a finalist in year two!)

Pepsi Refresh
As part of their latest ad campaign, Pepsi is providing monthly grants that range from $5,000 to $250,000 in six categories: health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, neighborhoods, education.