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Meet our volunteers

Volunteers

The Collaborative offers meaningful volunteer opportunities to design professionals. You can offer your time, skills, and enthusiasmgiving back to the community while building your career and practice. 

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Meet our nonprofits

Nonprofits

The Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. We can help you raise funds, gain support, and get your project built. 

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Our Design Process

We tailor our design services to meet the unique needs of nonprofits—but we always offer a collaborative design process in which designers work side by side with communities to put their visions down on paper in order to move forward.

Nonprofit proposes an idea

Collaborative matches nonprofit with design team

Design team, nonprofit and community collaborate

Design team creates conceptual design

Nonprofit and community give feedback

Final conceptual design and recommendations compiled

Nonprofit moves forward with project


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LEVERAGE | A Celebration of Design and Community
Join us for LEVERAGE, a special event to benefit the Community Design Collaborative! See, celebrate, and support the Collaborative design grants for nonprofits on Wednesday...
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Dan Meier, Engineering a Greener City
  "You cringe… there’s not an inch of green!" says civil engineer Dan Meier about some of the schoolyards he’s seen as a Collaborative volunteer, “ It’s just this big paved...
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The Science of PLAY: Inspiring Ideas for Designing Play Spaces
A good play space allows kids to take small steps: climbing a little higher, moving a little faster, getting a little closer to something that could be dangerous like a ledge or...
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