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Strengthening Neighborhoods Through Design

The Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, offers unique volunteer opportunities to design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization. 

Meet our 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. 


Meet our 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. 


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 volunteer 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

News and Happenings
Introducing Play Space!
The Community Design Collaborative is excited to introduce its newest design initiative... Play Space ! Play Space is made possible through a grant from The William Penn...
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Thanks for making Leverage a success!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Leverage on May 20. You made Leverage a big success! Over 250 people joined the Community Design Collaborative for a reception at Hamilton...
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Transforming Schoolyards now available online
The Community Design Collaborative and Philadelphia Water have released a new design guide for green schoolyards. If you missed our May 4th release party, you can still get...
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