Our Mission:

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

Event Highlights:

IIDA NE Providence City Center Community Farm Harvest Night, July 23, 2018

The IIDA NE Providence City Center was thrilled to work with the RI Food Bank to help harvest food for the hungry for our second Annual Community Farm Harvest Night! Attendees and their family members joined us as we rolled-up our sleeves at Franklin Farm and harvested veggies that were donated to a local food bank.

IIDA NE Hartford City Center Mixology Event, March 21, 2018

What an incredible event! We were able to 'Ring in Spring; for charity by designing two special cocktails using Wild Moon natural liqueurs with Hartford Flavor’s dazzling mixologists. The evening was filled with networking, food and cash bar hour. Proceeds benefited the local neighborhood Caring in Action group, Hands on Hartford

Click here to see the upcoming philanthropy events on our chapter calendar!

Organizations we are committed to:

YouthBuild Boston

YBB’s is to empower and assist under served young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.

Art in Giving

Art in Giving raises funds for childhood cancer research through the sale of fine arts. Talented artists exhibit their work and fifty percent of the purchase price of their artwork sold goes directly to talented cancer researchers working on breakthrough ideas.

RAW Art Works

RAW offers visual arts groups, a film school, leadership development opportunities and teen employment to over 1,200 youth.  RAW recognizes the vital potential of each young artist and commit ourselves daily to their mission.


Art Lifting

ArtLifting empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products.

Heading Home

Heading Home provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals in Boston and neighboring communities.

Cradles to Crayons

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. Their vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.




The Food Project 

The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.

Italian Home For Children

Italian Home for Children provides an integrated network of powerful and effective programs to help children and families with emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges thrive in their communities.


Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.




United Way

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Children's Friend Rhode Island

Children's Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island's most vulnerable young children.

Dorcas International Clothing Collaborative

The Clothing Collaborative provides free professional clothing to low-income individuals who are completing job training, education programs, or seeking employment. They work with the clients of participating Rhode Island agencies who meet the income and job search criteria of the program.




Franklin Farm 

The Historic Metcalf Franklin Farm Preservation Association works as an all-volunteer organization to work on its three missions: preserving historic facets or farm, offering educational opportunities for all ages, and providing farm fresh product to those experiencing food insecurities in Rhode Island.

Habitat For Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.

NEARI - Gingerbread Express

Over the past 30 years, the Children's Fund Gingerbread Express has provided members and friends a way to ensure that no student feels the stigma of a break, gift-less holiday season.





Covenant to Care for Children 

Covenant to Care's mission is to provide essential goods to Connecticut's children in need - serving all children from birth through age 18.



Contact Info:

To host or join an event or to learn more about the Philanthropy Committee, please contact Rachel Winston, VP of Philanthropy.

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