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“When you collaborate with others, your small idea develops into a vision.” – Michael Thorpe, Executive Director, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC

Your donation ensures that additional communities can have access to pro bono preliminary design and more Philadelphians are engaged in envisioning their neighborhoods' future in 2019.

In 2017, we furthered the development goals of over 20 local nonprofits and their communities. We engaged the talents of more than 320 volunteers, who donated over 7,000 hours and $760,000 in pro bono preliminary design services to strengthen neighborhoods.

For example, the Community Design Collaborative worked with Mt. Vernon Manor CDC to put a vacant house and two vacant lots in Mantua back into productive use. Together, we envisioned a mixed-use development of affordable housing, CDC offices, and community meeting space. Mt. Vernon now has a plan in place and a strategy that will work for other vacant properties in Mantua. 

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