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Announcing our 2019 Designing for Good grant recipients!

Designing for Good Grant Recipients announcement 2019


Aquent and Vitamin T are excited to announce the 2019 award recipients of our Designing for Good grant program.

Every year, we award $5,000 each to five creative or marketing professionals who have proposed impactful ways to support their favorite nonprofit using their own skills and talents. This award helps make their creative vision a reality.

We received hundreds of inspiring applications showcasing creative ideas for making big differences for nonprofit organizations around the world.

After much deliberation by our panel of judges, here are this year’s recipients:

  • Cara Unger for the Visible Alliance, which ensures that underrepresented groups have equitable access to creative services. Cara plans to use the funds to increase the organization’s reach by printing, distributing, and promoting the organization’s new Creative Services guide. The guide helps nonprofits understand the value in using professional creative services and connects them with people in the creative community who can help.

  • Nicki Hodgson for the Environment Centre, which works to help residents stay warm and well in their homes while decreasing their environmental footprint. Nicki’s proposal includes functional and aesthetic upgrades to the organization’s website, including simplifying content, improving the mobile experience, and creating a secure online referral form.

  • Talia Souki for the Urban Memory Project, which encourages New York City residents to tell their stories and the stories of their city, strengthening community ties and understanding. The funds will be used to design a game that uses artwork and guiding questions to spark memories from storytellers. The interactive nature of the game will build community and inclusivity by teaching players to actively listen to each other.

  • Timon Sotiropoulos for Open Table, an organization that uses excess food to provide meals, plus friendship and support, to those in need. Timon plans to build a volunteer management system that will free up in-house administrative staff resources and provide helpful data on their volunteer program.

  • Brieanna Waggoner for MGY, an organization elevating awareness of global health disparities via technology, and expanding health systems in underserved areas. Brieanna plans to apply UX and design methodologies to their existing app for the training and continuing education of community health workers working in remote regions around the world. Her work will make the app more user-friendly for workers with limited computing experience.

Grant recipients were chosen based on creativity, feasibility, and the potential to make the strongest impact for good. Four industry pros generously offered their time to judge this year’s program: Hal Apple, Rick Byrne, Marianne Dear, and Jason Pamental.

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