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You can make an impact

Design Foundation conducts an annual end-of-year campaign to raise funds from members of our community like you. From Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022, through December 31, 2022, we seek contributions from individuals and corporate organizations to add to Design Foundation's General Fund. The donations we receive, now and throughout the year, help pay for our annual programming, operational expenses, and investments in future charitable efforts. A donation of any size is deeply appreciated, no amount is too small.

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We have some ambitious goals

The future growth to which we aspire is largely dependent on contributions from individuals and corporations who are aligned with our mission and share our passion for equitable industrial design education. Your support will directly benefit young creatives who may never have heard of industrial design and those already in college, preparing for their design career.


Looking ahead, this means:

More Scholarships

  • Increased tuition assistance amounts across the board

  • Specific offerings for underrepresented students

  • Full ride - Paid tuition and living expenses

  • Funding to purchase ID related tools and materials needed for projects

  • Funding to support participation in professional development training not produced by IDSA

  • Funding for educators to pursue individual research projects related to the field of industrial design

More Opportunities

  • Increased quantity of Event Access virtual ticket recipients

  • Event Access for in-person events

  • Travel assistance to in-person events for Event Access recipients

  • Event Access for events / professional development training not produced by IDSA

  • Expanded opportunities for professional designers who have an interest in ‘giving back’ and/or volunteering to support Design Foundation efforts

More Connections

  • Invitations for Design Foundation program recipients to meet with professional designers (mentorships).

  • Partnerships with other, existing groups who’s mission aligns with Design Foundation

  • Industry Summits, gathering influential minds and key decision makers to further unlock the potential of Design Foundation

  • Corporate partnerships to help deliver on the goals of business who are committed to equitable design education

More Resources

  • Online directory of US-based programs focused on high-school outreach and engagement

  • Introductory content about a career in industrial design - for high-school guidance councilors, teachers, curious students, parents, general public, etc.

  • Toolkits and educational materials about industrial design which are distributed by museums or other public institutions

  • Distribution of corporate donated tools and materials

2022 Highlights

Event Access

Now in its third year, and as part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, the Event Access program continues to build momentum by offering underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals complimentary registration to IDSA events.


In 2022, over 40 individuals received complimentary registration to conferences hosted by IDSA, including the International Design Conference and Deep Dives: Women in Design, Sustainable Leadership, and ID Technique.

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Design Foundation received over 70 applications and awarded two $5,000 scholarships in 2022. These scholarships help students at the earliest stages of their design careers by providing much needed financial support. 

Congratulations to the 2022 Undergraduate recipient Zeyu Tian (left) and 2022 Gianninoto Graduate recipient Jaehyeok Lee (right).

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"It is a great honor to win the Design Foundation scholarship. Receiving it is a great encouragement. In learning design, I have experienced pain and confusion ... However, when I received this Design Foundation Scholarship, I felt that my design ideas had been recognized. In the future, I will continue to study and strive to become a human-centered designer who can create value for society."
- Zeyu Tian, 2022 Design Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipient
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“I've always tried to design products that can change culture. The scholarship award gave me a lot of confidence. The gift from Design Foundation to me is not just a scholarship, but a tremendous amount of courage and motivation. I am ready to continue to create positive values with this dazzling community, IDSA"
- Jae Hyeok Lee, 2022 Design Foundation Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship Recipient
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