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Entries in Not-For-Profit (5)

Monday
Jan292018

Radical Collaboration: The Power of Unlikely Partnerships

This blog post is part of a series on Purpose-Driven Design for the Not-For-Profit world.

As we learned in our 50 conversations, the non-profit world is a rapidly evolving one. Forever chasing unpredictable funding streams, the wandering attentions of the public, and amid a political sphere in upheaval, non-profits are being forced to examine their operational partnership models. Looking at the of the worlds of music, media, and business shows us that unexpected alliances can, in fact, not only produce symbiotic relationships, but drive the creation of something even greater.

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Tuesday
Jan232018

Radical Collaboration: 50 Conversations 

This blog post is part of a series on Purpose-Driven Design.

“Our mission will be achieved when there are no more NFPs that have to choose between serving communities and keeping the lights on.” – Chandra Farley, former Program Manager, Southface Energy Institute

Not-for-profits have a real estate problem. They also have a donor problem. And a retention problem. And a resource problem. Thankfully, they are also presented with an incredible opportunity. We are in a moment of great need for leadership and vision around the intractable social challenges of our time. People are seeking more purpose in both their work and personal lives. They are blending their passions, beliefs and goals into cross-cutting pursuits that imbue their everyday lives with deeper meaning.

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Monday
Sep112017

A Place for a Mission: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation Center on Castro Street

Image © Gensler/Jasper Sanidad

This post is part of a blog series related to Dialogue 30, "The Livability Issue.”

The importance of place is often discussed in terms of one’s place in a family or society, and even of one’s place in the universe. How we relate to geography and find our way in either the natural or the built world all deals with our sense of a place and where we belong in it. Place informs us on the nuanced details of how we might find rest, support, supplies and shelter. For humans as well as for other animals, place is incredibly important to our sense of belonging, safety and well-being. It is the importance of place in human lives that led to Strut, the newest site for San Francisco AIDS Foundation, on Castro Street in San Francisco.

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Thursday
Mar162017

An Open Letter to Those Driven by Purpose

Image © Gensler

Not-For-Profit employees are the most purpose-driven workers out there. For this crowd, waking up every day is about the work. They’re also among the top performers across all industries because they’re driven, resourceful, passionate and smart. We believe that whether you are packing boxes full of soup cans, writing grant proposals, or creating Public Service Announcements, the space where you do it should reinforce the mission that brought you there in the first place.

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Thursday
Jun022016

The Positive Impact of Creative, Playable Spaces

826 Valencia Tenderloin Center. Image © Matthew Millman.

As designers we understand the powerful effect of creativity on ourselves and others. We challenge ourselves to create designs that inspire and connect people. We challenge ourselves to continuously seek new sources of inspiration, to create the new and unexpected. We do it because we love it, because it’s fun, because we form connections—with clients, partners and community members—and hope that our work is making even a little bit of a difference. But there is always the lingering question: does it matter? What is the actual impact of creative space?

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