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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 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
Leverage | A Celebration of Design & Community
May 20th, 2015
University of the Arts
Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street
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Heidi Warren, Starfinder Foundation
  Clad in utilitarian metal, and distinctly lacking high quality design, Starfinder Foundation’s building offers just one exterior clue that it is an organization worth noticing...
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First Round of Design Grants Awarded for 2015
The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants.  The Collaborative will work with AMY Northwest Middle School on Growing to Greatness, a...
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