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




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2017 Earth Day Sample Collection


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.

EVENT: IIDANE Philanthropy Committee Group Volunteer Event scheduled for June 3, 2017 – Help harvest food for the hungry by maintaining their sustainable agriculture in Lynn, MA.

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Learn more on how to help The Food Project.


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. 

EVENT: Join IIDANE Philanthropy Committee – Scheduled for Fall 2017 – More Information Coming Soon! Help sort through donated items for children at The Giving Factory in Brighton, MA or help collect school supplies for children in need by participating in our School Supply Collection Drive .

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Learn more on how to help Cradles to Crayons.

Give Back with an Outfit Pack Program


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.

EVENT: Join IIDANE Philanthropy Committee – Event scheduled for November 30, 2016 (5:30- 8pm) – Red Thread Showroom – help craft holiday decorations for the annual Heading Home Holiday Shop.

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Participate in one of our group volunteer days where we use the crafts to decorate the Holiday Shop December 16th & 17th 2016 and help families select gifts and wrap them.

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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.

EVENT: Join IIDANE Philanthropy Committee – Fashion Show scheduled for Fall 2017 – More Information Coming Soon! – Enter the Annual IIDANE Fashion Show and design unique styles using donated architectural materials.

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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. 

EVENT: Join IIDANE Philanthropy Committee – Attend Art Uncorked next year – More Information Coming Soon! Create a piece of Artwork for this event or purchase a ticket and a new piece of art.

Check out this event! Check out The Truth Is” video created by RAW’s Film School

Learn more on how to help Raw Art Works.



Join Us for some spring cleaning! Donate your samples to Extras for Creative Reuse for use in education, art, and creative projects.

2017 Green RI Sustainable Product Showcase

Contact for RI // Bethany Burns
Sample Drop-Off: GreenRI Sustainable Design Showcase, May 4th, 5:30-8:00pm
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02905

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Other organizations we are committed to:

Blueprints for Love

Youth Build Boston