We hope these links and documents can be helpful sources of information for all members of the desigNYC community.


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.
2014 desigNYC Guidelines


This PDF features more in-depth information about desigNYC — our mission, vision, impact as well as community and advocacy programs.
2012 desigNYC Case Statement


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
  • VolunteerMatch
  • Ioby

PRo Bono Resources

The Taproot Foundation’s Pro Bono Action Tank
Amazing collection of best practices for securing and managing pro bono resources to move your mission forward.  Use Taproot’s free tool to search for marketing, IT, HR and strategy support from experienced business professionals in your network and learn how to manage those engagements successfully. 

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

Catchafire is an online platform that matches professionals with nonprofits in need of pro bono services.

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.