Designs for Dignity

Empowering Lives Through Design

aka D4D   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.designsfordignity.org

Mission

Designs for Dignity transforms nonprofit environments through pro bono design services and in-kind donations – empowering lives through design.

Ruling year info

2008

Board President

Michael Abrams

CEO

Jennifer Sobecki

Main address

445 North Wells Street Suite 402

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

26-2696975

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (A19)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (S19)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DESIGNS FOR DIGNITY transforms nonprofit environments through pro bono design services and in-kind donations — EMPOWERING LIVES THROUGH DESIGN.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Impact Grants

Designs for Dignity provides pro bono design services to area nonprofits - empowering lives through design.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SELECTION: Organization awarded. Designs for Dignity’s Impact Grant Committee reviews the application, conducts a site-visit, and evaluates the project scope feasibility.


ENGAGEMENT: Project programming. The volunteer design team is assembled, and introduced to the non-profit. A site survey & programming interviews are conducted.


EXPLORATION: Schematic design. The scope of work appropriate within the non-profit’s available budget is investigated. Test fit plans & design concepts are developed.


DEVELOPMENT: Design development. The final budget & scope of work is realized. Construction drawings are created, and RFPs go out to architects, builders, & dealers.


IMPLEMENTATION: Construction buildout. The final design has been approved by the non-profit organization, and all partners for the project have been selected by the team.


EVALUATION: Completion celebration. Designs for Dignity works with the non-profit around Open House events, professional interior photography, and testimonials.

WHY WE EXIST: Designs for Dignity was founded on the belief that every individual should have access to environments that support the wellness of the human spirit. Design is a transformational force in human life. Our physical surroundings directly impact how we feel, react, aspire, and engage. Spaces of hope, dignity, and comfort are foundations for nurturing the growth and success of every human being.

HOW WE DO IT: We harness the combined power of pro bono design, construction talent and donated materials to breathe new life into existing nonprofit spaces giving them the platform from which they can better serve individuals in their focus mission. We collaboratively design human-centric spaces rooted in the needs of each organization.

HOW WE WORK: It starts with a team. Interior designers, architects, and other industry professionals donate time to create healing environments for our service grant recipients. Manufacturers, vendors, craftsmen, clients, and showrooms provide furnishings and materials that are reused in the spaces. Individuals and community advocates round out our team to implement and carry through our mission for each project.

Designs for Dignity was founded on the belief that every individual should have access to environments that support the wellness of the human spirit. Limited resources often prevent non-profits from creating environments that preserve dignity for the people they service. A Designs for Dignity Impact Grant provides pro-bono services from interior designers to non-profit organizations seeking to transform their physical spaces, empowering them to better service their constituents.

Designs for Dignity has a rolling application cycle with applications reviewed quarterly. A Designs for Dignity Impact Grant is NOT a financial grant. We provide the following pro-bono DESIGN services: Interior Design • Lighting Design • Graphic Design • Landscape Design

Designs for Dignity is celebrating 20+ years of commitment to creating restorative environments for nonprofit service organizations and at-risk populations. Our mission aims to serve marginalized communities by harnessing the talents and resources of the design community at large to provide spaces that inspire hope and dignity as well as interaction and engagement. Using the power of design, we have positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives by transforming 250+ nonprofit spaces and leveraging $17+ million in pro-bono design services & donated materials.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Designs for Dignity

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Abrams

Michael Abrams Interiors

Colette Rodon-Hornof

Vesta

Pete Lemcke

Toni Callahan

Schmechtig Landscapes

Michael Abrams

Michael Abrams Interiors

Carl Blando

@Properties

Sabrina Vodnik

Refined Haystack

Sevak Alaverdyan

Oscar Isberian Rugs

Barbara Warren

Mary Pat Wallace

Chicago Luxury Beds

Barbara Todd

Interior Sources by Barbara Todd

Scot Fairfied

FGM Architects

Jill Buckner

Jill Buckner Photo

Toni Callahan

Schmechtig Landscapes

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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