Strengthening neighborhoods through design.

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

Early design assistance is critical to nonprofits and the communities they serve. Preliminary design services help nonprofits see new opportunities, make the most of scarce resources, engage stakeholders, get projects funded and built, and strengthen neighborhoods. However, the cost of preliminary design services is often out of reach.

The Community Design Collaborative gives nonprofits access to pro bono preliminary design services by matching them with volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, urban planners, preservationists, engineers, and cost estimators. Since our start in 1991, Philadelphia's design professionals have invested more than 100,000 hours of their time and expertise in over 600 projects.

The Community Design Collaborative's early design assistance helps nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community development. In the last 10 years, 70% of our nonprofit clients have made progress on their projects, taking steps to secure funding, hire design consultants, or build at least the first phase of a project. The Collaborative has been recognized for this work with several awards.

How to get involved:

Connect with the Collaborative

Design Professionals: Participate on a design team to help nonprofits create stronger projects, organizations, and communities.

Nonprofit Organizations: Apply for a grant of preliminary design services.

In the News
Recent media stories about the Community Design Collaborative.

Annual Report
See the Collaborative's most recent annual report and list of supporters.

Map of Design Projects
See a map of Collaborative design services from 2003 to 2014.

Help us strengthen neighborhoods through design. You can also make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one or someone you admire.

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Join the Collaborative's Community Champions, our new program offering special benefits to members.

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Architects sketch designs for Yorktown CDC

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