Giving back so others can move forward.

Our Social Purpose program gives us the chance to contribute to our communities in more personal ways. We provide pro bono professional services to nonprofits for whom such services would otherwise be out of reach. Our projects address human needs like affordable housing, childcare, healthcare, and education.

At the same time, we also like to roll up our sleeves and get involved in hands-on volunteer work. We serve meals at food pantries, organize coat drives, participate in community gardening, and lead fundraisers, to name a few activities. Whether it’s design or “sweat equity,” we’re inspired by the power of human connection.

Clients and Designers Share Powerful Stories From Our Social Purpose Program

From housing security to healthcare access, the projects covered in “Together, We Design” feature everyday heroes making a positive difference in their communities.

Tenderloin Museum, San Francisco, California
The first museum to tell the story of San Francisco’s historic Tenderloin District, the Tenderloin Museum uncovers the hidden history of its neighborhood. Visitors explore dynamic exhibits featuring jazz legends, LGBTQIA+ pioneers, and films.
Client Story
Gigi’s Playhouse

A mom ignites a nationwide movement to empower, educate, and inspire children and others with Down syndrome.

Client Story
Sow Much Good

A woman parlays her love for gardening into a local farmer’s market that gives underserved community members access to healthy foods at affordable prices.

“Our Social Purpose projects not only inspire us as designers; they also allow us to build stronger ties with our communities. Helping others is simply the right thing to do for a better world.”

– Mark Jolicoeur, Principal

Fowler Clark Epstein Farm Revitalization
This community center, created by neighbors and local nonprofits, promotes entrepreneurship, education, and wellness on a Boston Landmark site.
Hello Baby
A free indoor recreation space gives infants, children, and their caregivers a place to play and peace of mind on Chicago's South Side.
Client Story
Hello Baby

An early retiree makes it her mission to create a community play space for children in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden, Children's National Medical Center
A patient’s last wish to go outdoors was the genesis for the garden concept that has become a reality thanks to generous donors.
The Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center
A first-of-its-kind facility treats and prevents diabetes holistically through diagnosis, treatment, education, and physical activity.
Client Story
Bunker Labs

A Navy veteran opens a network of business start-up incubators to help military veterans realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

Know someone who's making a positive difference?

We love to hear about people who do great things for others—and who could benefit from our pro bono design services. Include your name and the nominee’s name, project location, mission, years of service, and web address (if possible).