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IIDA (hearts) our community

Posted on: February 8, 2019

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In 2018, the Northern California Chapter of IIDA was hugely successful in raising funds for Philanthropy. Each year, our Chapter and City Centers align under a unified theme. In 2018, this was Design for Wellness. We set out to partner with local organizations who champion sustainability at all scales, from the wellbeing of the individual to the health of the planet. Our goal is to raise awareness about these wonderful organizations in our local communities and dedicate a portion of our profits from events that we held throughout the year, both on the Chapter and City Center level. Through your support at our events such as Design in Motion, Project Build, Scene Local, Fall Art & Wine Event, Honor Awards, Golf Event, Leaders Breakfast and Pioneers in Design, you helped us raise over $66k! We are incredibly proud, and you should be too!


North Bay City Center partnered with Homes for Sonoma. Homes for Sonoma originated after the 2017 North Bay wildfires. A small group of designers, architects, and community leaders came together to find a way to help rebuild their community. They not only wanted to help fire survivors as quickly as possible but also address the long-term affordable housing needs in Sonoma County.

Given the devastation of our community in the North Bay, we allocated 100% of our Chapter proceeds from 2017 events to this organization and presented a check in March 2018 for $20k. In October 2018, we were a part of Make the Connection (MTC) along with AIA SF, AIA EB, SMPS, RECON, and IFMA_SF in which they designated Homes for Sonoma the beneficiary from the July 19 A/E/C Charity event. They raised over $13k for Homes for Sonoma. Also, through additional efforts in 2018, we are allocating an additional $10K for Homes for Sonoma. We, as a design community, raised over $40k for Homes for Sonoma and we couldn’t be prouder!

The core team from Homes for Sonoma is an incredible example of how we can utilize our talents and expertise to help those in need.

If you would like to learn more about this organization, please visit Homes for Sonoma


Sacramento City Center partnered with Koinonia Family Services. Koinonia (KOY-NO-NEE’-AH) is a Greek word which means “Fellowship.” Koinonia Family Services is a premier foster and adoption agency headquartered in Loomis, CA. They work to bring hope and healing to children, youth and families through meaningful relationships and quality programs and services. If you would like to learn more about Koinonia, please visit: Koinonia Family Services


East Bay City Center partnered with Urban Releaf. Urban Releaf is established in Oakland and addresses the needs of communities that have little to no greenery or tree canopy. They are committed to the revitalization of under-served neighborhoods through:

  • Tree planting and maintenance
  • Environmental education and stewardship
  • Empowering residents to beautify their neighborhoods
  • Mentoring and employing at-risk and hard-to-hire youth and adults.

If you would like to learn more about Urban Releaf, please visit:  Urban Releaf


The San Francisco City Center partnered with Food Runners. This wonderful organization picks up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs! Not only are they reducing waste, but they are redirecting it to people that need it, by doing so, they are providing enough food for over 20,000 meals every week in San Francisco. Now that is a way to help create a community! If you’d like to learn more about Food Runners, please visit: Food Runners

Last but certainly not least, the Silicon Valley City Center partnered with Veggielution. Veggielution is a community farm whose goal is to engage residents throughout Silicon Valley, with a particular emphasis on fostering community and family engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San José. They believe that through shared meals and the enjoyment of open spaces, Veggielution can help to build social capital in East San José and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks. If you would like more information about Veggielution, please visit: Veggielution


2018 was a banner year for our Chapter in terms of Philanthropic efforts, and we could not do it without all of you. A very special thank you goes out to all that volunteer on our City Centers and Chapter events. They work very hard to put together quality programs and events throughout the year. By partnering with a Philanthropic organization each year, they help raise awareness and helps us to connect with our local communities in a more meaningful way. Next week, our city centers will be visiting these organizations and delivering our donations.  That is how we are going to spread the love for the week of Valentine’s Day after all IIDA (hearts) our Community!

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