The Collaborative’s early design assistance helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. We match skilled volunteers with nonprofits to engage their communities, put their visions down on paper, and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.
Founded in 1991 as a program of AIA Philadelphia, the Collaborative is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a network of over 1,000 volunteers. Together, our volunteer design professionals and nonprofit partners have invested more than 100,000 hours in strengthening neighborhoods through over 600 community design projects.
A diverse array of public agencies, private foundations, corporations, and individuals support the Collaborative’s mission.