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Expand learning opportunities, foster inclusivity, and empower a new generation of designers.
Make an impact on #GivingTuesday with IDSA Design Foundation! On this global day of generosity, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of design education and making a lasting impact on the world of industrial design.
About IDSA Design Foundation

IDSA Design Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in 2001. Over the years, we've been dedicated to nurturing emerging design talent and fostering inclusivity in the field of industrial design. Explore our annual initiatives and discover how your support can make a difference below. 

Our annual initiatives are at the heart of our mission:


Our core program has always been our scholarships, and we're proud to have distributed over $120,000 in tuition assistance over the last 20+ years.


Your support directly contributes to the educational journey of aspiring designers, helping them achieve their dreams. 

Expanding Access to Design Education

Ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has access to design education is a top priority.


Our Event Access program, launched in 2020, offers complimentary access to industry events for underrepresented individuals in industrial design, fostering professional development and networking opportunities.

Preparing Future Designers ​

Our goal is to prepare students for their professional careers as industrial designers. We offer financial support, educational resources, and industry exposure to help them succeed in the competitive design world.


Join us this Giving Tuesday to support these initiatives and make a real difference in the lives of aspiring designers and the world they'll shape.

2023 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 access to IDSA events.


In 2023, over 40 individuals received complimentary registration to conferences hosted by IDSA, including the International Design Conference and Deep Dives: Women in Design, Design Research, and Design Entrepreneurship.

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IDSA Design Foundation has awarded two $5,000 scholarships in 2023. These scholarships help students at the earliest stages of their design careers by providing much needed financial support. 

These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our community, and they represent just a glimpse of the impact we can create together. 

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“It was amazing to be able to attend IDSA’s Entrepreneurship Deep Dive and hear from so many dynamic industry participants shaping the world we live in. I can’t thank the IDSA Design Foundation enough for enabling my attendance! I learned so much and am excited to apply what I’ve learned to future endeavors.”
- Esperanza Hurtado, 2023 Event Access 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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