The IIDA New England Chapter Philanthropy Committee strives to inspire designers and industry members to give back to local organizations which we believe have honorable missions to serve our community. Our efforts go to support these organizations through coordination of volunteer activities, donation drives, and monetary gifts provided by successful events sponsored by our IIDA chapter. By advertising and encouraging participation, members of our professional community come together to serve a common cause. Our work is incredibly rewarding as we witness the impact our committee’s events make from year to year, not only by the essential support we help provide to local organizations, but also the relationships that have grown within our professional community from participation. We as a committee help bring joy and appreciation to local New Englanders which in turn brings happiness to all of the design community members who contribute. #IIDANECares






The Providence City Center of IIDA is pleased to once again work with the NEA Rhode Island Children’s Fund Gingerbread Express to shop for gifts for needy students who may be facing a bleak, gift-less holiday season. Each of these students list information about his/her clothing needs and wishes. The cut outs are then distributed to the Providence IIDA community interested in filling the request.

This program has embraced thousands of children and IIDA Providence has helped hundreds over the past fourteen holiday seasons. In many cases the gifts from the express were the only gifts the child received. Complete anonymity for the giver and recipient are preserved.

You as a donor, simply purchase your gifts, wrap them, bundle them securely together (a trash bag works), attach the gingerbread cutout as the gift tag and bring them to the IIDANE Providence Holiday Gala on Thursday, December 14th 2017 at Milk Money in Providence, RI.

Each ‘gingerbread’ adopted requires both an outfit and a fun item. Example: shirt, pants (may even be socks) and a toy (fun item). If you feel you cannot purchase both the outfit and the toy for the child please team up with someone to make this possible.

To ‘adopt a child’ or if you have any questions please contact:                                                  Bethany Burns, IIDA RI’s philanthropy liaison, at

We look forward to seeing everyone on December 14th at Milk Money in Providence, RI. You generosity is greatly appreciated and continues to make our Holiday Gala our most charitable event of the year!

Learn more about this year’s Providence City Center Holiday Gala.



Our first IIDA harvest night in the Providence area was a great success! We had beautiful weather at Franklin Farm in Cumberland, RI. Designers, representatives, architects and their children picked squash and cucumbers. We had snacks and refreshments, then took a tour of the 1830’s barn. The veggies picked were donated to the Woonsocket RI Food Pantries. It was a great night and will be a new annual event for the Providence design community and their families!



Our mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. We produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.

Learn more on how to help The Food Project.


Heading Home provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing, and support services, to low-income homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals in the communities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden, Everett and Quincy. Perfect for volunteer groups, Up & Out helps client families make the milestone move from shelter into permanent housing. Similar to television’s “Extreme Home Makeover,” Up & Out has a consistently high emotional impact for both volunteers and clients alike.

Learn more on how to help Heading Home.


Art in Giving combines the ingenuity of childhood cancer researchers with the creativity of artists. Researchers stretch the limits of their minds in a relentless pursuit to cure cancer.   Artists stretch the limits of their imagination to appeal to our hearts and souls.   Art in Giving follows a unique path that combines the creativity and generosity of its artists with the needs of talented cancer researchers. Up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of art through the efforts of Art in Giving are donated to The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that makes grants to cancer researchers. It is our hope that this unique combination of Art, Philanthropy, and Scientific Research appeals to real estate developers, architects, and interior designers who decide which works of art are appropriate to beautify and complete their projects. We hope the combination also appeals to individuals and companies who seek meaningful ways to thank clients, employees, donors and volunteers.

Learn more on how to help Art In Giving.


Over 1,200 youth aged 6-19 attend RAW’s free programs each year. RAW offers visual arts groups, a film school, leadership development opportunities and teen employment. Through Project Launch, mentors from the community guide RAW’s high school juniors and seniors through the daunting college admissions and financial aid process. RAW recognizes the vital potential of each young artist and commit ourselves daily to their mission: to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed. 

Learn more on how to help Raw Art Works.


Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. 

Learn more on how to help Cradles to Crayons.


WBNRI (West Bay and Northern Rhode Island) Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.

Learn more on how to help Habitat for Humanity.

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