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Leverage 2020 

On May 28, 2020 over 200 people met over Zoom for Leverage 2020. We came together as a community of professionals dedicated to forwarding design’s contribution toward community revitalization. Our first ever virtual fundraiser – was a Zoom adventure for all!

The online event brought together more than 210 supporters who believe that design has a critical role in community revitalization. A record number of guests from outside the design professions joined us and learned more about the impact of our work during a typical year and what we’ve been doing recently in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

An engaging time was had by all. Together, we paid tribute to Judee M. Bavaria, President Emeritus of HumanGood PA (formerly Presby’s Inspired Life). We presented her with the 2020 Leverage Award for her sustained leadership in the arena of affordable housing for seniors.

Judee affirmed how blessed nonprofits in the Philadelphia region are to have a resource such as the Collaborative. She spoke about her experience witnessing our work firsthand as she too worked with Mt. Tabor CEED during the planning for the Martha A. Lang Cyber Village, a site that HumanGood manages for Mt. Tabor. 

During the evening, guests tackled the topic of community building and rebuilding via large group and small group discussions, viewed highlights of the 2019 design grants, and met the volunteer design professionals and communities behind the 2019 projects. We’ve already heard several reports of immediate post-event networking. That’s the spirit of Leverage!  

More than 205 corporate, nonprofit, and individual donors stood with the Collaborative as we mounted a different version of Leverage under challenging conditions. Thank you for contributing $105,000 which exceeded our goal! Funds from Leverage support our design services overall and will also help to cover some of our expenses related to the Design A.I.D. Team projects. 

View the Leverage 2020 Program Book for more information about our sponsors, 15 Design Grant projects completed in 2019, and our eminent awardee. 

                                          We thank our generous Leverage 2020 Sponsors:




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