Nonprofits Changing the World Through Design

These eleven nonprofits advance the communities around them with their socially beneficial work. See who made the list and discover what they do.

Firm Headquarters Description Contact
Public Architecture San Francisco, CA Through a variety of sources including education, advocacy and design, Public Architecture aims to pinpoint and solve social issues using research and design. 1211 Folsom Street, 4 Fl
San Francisco, CA 94103
Architecture for Humanity San Francisco, CA With more than 50,000 professionals in their network, Architecture for Humanity mobilizes experts to design and build for global communities in need and those affected by natural disaster. 848 Folsom Street, Ste 201
San Francisco, CA 94107                 

The Alpha Workshops New York, NY Professional training and experience are not required at The Alpha Workshops, the only non-profit that gives HIV-positive individuals training and employment in the decorative arts.   245 West 29th Street, 14 Fl
New York, New York 10001
DIFFA New York, NY DIFFA has fundraised and donated more than $40 million for direct care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and also provided educational services.   200 Lexington Avenue, Ste 910
New York, NY 10016
Design Trust for Public Space New York, NY Presented by community groups, New York City agencies and nonprofits, Design Trust for Public Space researches, designs and plan projects that positively impact New Yorkers.  40 Worth Street, Ste 603
New York, NY 10013
Project H Design Windsor, NC Project H Design utilizes a team of designers, teachers and builders to construct systems for underprivileged communities in order to improve their quality of life through the transformation of education, environments and experiences.   PO Box 1231
Windsor, NC 27983
Designs 4 Dignity Chicago, IL Designs 4 Dignity provides pro-bono design services to nonprofits. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Ste 9-102
Chicago, IL  60654
American Architectural Foundation Washington, DC AAF aims to educate others about the ability of architecture to change communities and better lives. Their national programs are built to promote design leadership and literacy. 1799 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
Institute for Human Centered Design Boston, MA As an international NGO, IHCD aims to produce easily accessible design to people of all ages and those with disabilities. 200 Portland Street
Boston, MA 02114
Building Trust International Sussex, UK This international charity offers design assistance to communities and people in need through "socially aware design." 1 The Street
Sussex UK
44 7426 919666
Design Corps  Raleigh, NC Using the skills of recent planning and architecture graduates, Design Corps services low-income families in rural areas. Along with trained professionals, the fellows offer technical assistance in planning, design, and grant writing. Together they identify problems and generate ideas to make the community a better place.  2243 The Circle
Raleigh, NC 27608

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