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Leverage 2017

Join us to see, celebrate, and support the Collaborative's 
Design Grants for nonprofits! 

Join us on Tuesday, April 4 to celebrate another two years of transformative community design at Leverage 2017, our signature event where you'll mingle with community leaders and design professionals, enjoy delicious food and drink, and experience a pop up exhibition of pro bono design at Pennovation, the exciting new space developed by the University of Pennsylvania to foster collaboration between researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

Sponsor Leverage 2017 and attend on April 4th! Questions? Contact Stephanie Thaw at or (215)-587-9290 x113. 

At the event, Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal will accept the Collaborative's Leverage 2017 Award on behalf of Ballinger, a multi-disciplinary design firm whose strong commitment to civic engagement embodies the concept of leverage.  

"People need to look at philanthropic energies in two ways. Often they see how they are giving back, but firm leaders in particular need to appreciate that they get something in return. Their staff gets enlightenment and fulfillment that breeds esprit de corps.  Leadership through philanthropic engagement strengthens interpersonal skills, decision-making, and growth.  And the community as a whole benefits." 

––Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Ballinger

Over the course of their involvement, Ballinger’s sustained investment in the work of the Collaborative and the communities we serve has translated into 82 staff members volunteering for six community design projects.  



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