Our 2019 Non-Profit Partners


AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Each year, AIGA Boston develop and produce more than 20 events in the greater Boston area. We work to support national programs and local initiatives including:

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people —designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.


The BAC provides excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities. We are the largest independent college of spatial design in New England. Architecture and design is all we do, so the people who come to study, teach, and work here are crazy about design. All of our professional degrees are accredited so you can earn your architectural licensure or interior design certification after graduation.

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The Boston Preservation Alliance is an independent, nonprofit organization that brings people and organizations together to influence the future of Boston’s historic buildings, landscapes, and communities. We envision Boston as a continually vibrant, world-class city that respects, protects and celebrates its historic resources for the valuable contributions they make and one that prioritizes harmony and enduring quality in new development. Through advocacy and education we guide thoughtful change that simultaneously stewards the historic character that defines our city. 

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Innovate@BU enables BU Terriers to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers, and communities. We envision a world where all BU Terriers are equipped with innovation skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, and are prepared to create meaningful impact in their careers and communities.


Founded in 1913 as the American Society of Landscape Architects' first chapter, The Boston Society of Landscape Architects has grown since then to become of the society's largest chapters. The BSLA and its priorities are focused on supporting the success of its member landscape architects and its supporters. This is accomplished with an extensive and innovative series of member benefits, focused career and skill development opportunities, a nationally renown Awards program, the largest Scholarship Program of any Chapter, and of course as many special events as can be scheduled!

BSA Space, Boston’s leading cultural institution for architecture and design, is home to the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) and the BSA Foundation. The BSA is one of the oldest chapters of the American Institute of Architects. The BSA Foundation, a charitable organization, supports activities that illuminate the ways that design improves the quality of our lives. All exhibitions at BSA Space are supported by the BSA Foundation. BSA Space is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am–6:00 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit architects.org/bsaspace

Design Museum Boston is a public, nonprofit museum. Our mission is to educate the world on the role of design in our lives and to unite the community in ways that enrich our collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems more creatively. After all, design has the power to make our everyday lives more comfortable, more efficient, more exciting, more rewarding, more… better. We are inspired by revolutionary design: the fruitful result of thoughtful problem solving and a willingness to break with tradition. This is why our museum has no permanent address. Design Museum Boston is a decentralized network of physical and virtual exhibits. Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public space, or on the web, our programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design.


Established in 1968, the Designers Lighting Forum of New England is a non-profit 
organization dedicated to lighting education in an informal setting.We inform the Design Community about the newest lighting technologies and cutting-edge 
lighting applications through professionally-led seminars and site visits to actual installations. As one of the most diverse organizations in the Northeast, we offer networking opportunities with other lighting designers, architects, interior designers, engineers, consultants, manufacturers representatives, educators, students, and anyone with an interest in or love for lighting.

The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes and workshops at our Jamaica Plain schoolhouse in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other crafts. Our School Partnership Program sends our faculty to teach children throughout Boston in schools, libraries, housing developments and community centers.

Founded in 1977, The Fenway Alliance is a membership service and advocacy organization dedicated to the prosperity and growth of the Fenway Cultural District. Members of The Fenway Alliance, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit organization, are a consortium of twenty-one major cultural, arts and academic institutions located in The Fenway Cultural District. Between 1997 and 2011, these twenty-one member institutions expended over $1 billion dollars in the Boston metropolitan area on capital projects. These institutions, with a combined budget of over $1.5 billion, bring more than 3.9 million visitors to the Fenway Cultural District each year, employ over 20,000 people, and educate and support more than 50,000 students. These institutions also engage in myriad ways of promoting neighborhood revitalization, community development and providing links to higher education and arts and culture for under-served neighborhood youth and families.


On October 12, 1979, Congress passed Public Law 96-87 which established the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, "...in order to preserve and interpret for the benefit, inspiration and education of present and future generations, the home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted, the great American landscape architect and designer." This act authorized the purchase of Olmsted's home and office in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as the purchase of the archival collection stored on the site.

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Fuller Craft Museum offers expansive opportunities to discover the world of contemporary craft. By exploring the leading edge of craft through exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, we challenge perceptions and build appreciation of the material world. Our purpose is to inspire, stimulate, and enrich an ever expanding community.

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The Harvard Art Museums—the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum—advance knowledge about and appreciation of art and art museums. The museums are committed to preserving, documenting, presenting, interpreting, and strengthening the collections and resources in their care. The Harvard Art Museums bring to light the intrinsic power of art and promote critical looking and thinking for students, faculty, and the public. Through research, teaching, professional training, and public education, the museums encourage close study of original works of art, enhance access to the collections, support the production of original scholarship, and foster university-wide collaboration across disciplines.

The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) is the only all-industry association whose members provide services and products to the furnishings and design industry. IFDA is the driving force, through its programs and services, to enhance the professionalism and stature of the industry worldwide. As the “voice” of the total furnishings and design industry, IFDA provides its members with the tools and resources to enhance their businesses. Aggressive advocacy promotes the advantages of working with an IFDA professional. IFDA welcomes members from every facet of the furnishings and design industry. Members are executives and companies professionally engaged in the design, production, distribution, promotion, communication or education in the furnishings and design and/or related industries.

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture.

Our graduates are near and far. They are innovators changing the way we interact with the world, art educators working with students across the globe and around the corner, industrial designers, medical device pioneers, entrepreneurs, contestants on Project Runway, famed photographers, renowned painters, Academy Award-winning set designers, and savvy media pioneers. MassArt is a community  of change-makers and forward thinkers. We invite you to be part of the process, and part of the future. We’re redesigning the world but we can’t do it alone. We want you to join us.

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The List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, collects, commissions, and presents rigorous, provocative, and artist-centric projects that engage MIT and the global art community.

MITX is the community of restless companies and individuals that drive our region's tech and innovation eco-system. MITX is the ultimate resource: inspiring members with progressive thinking, meaningful connections, and provocative conversations. The MITX community includes more than 200 organizations throughout New England. MITX represents one of the top business ecosystems in the world.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection. Open daily, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, NEHGS is the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

NKBA Northern New England is the local chapter that brings together local Northern New England Kitchen & Bath distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals – and provides a resource for local consumers to research, educate and connect with Northern New England Kitchen and Bath professionals.


Located in Boston, North Bennet Street School offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship. North Bennet Street School was incorporated in 1885 in Boston's North End as North Bennet Street Industrial School. The school offers full-time programs in bookbinding, cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing and security technology, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making and repair. Day, evening and weekend workshops, lectures and exhibits are open to everyone.

There are many reasons to come to PEM. Sometimes, looking at a work of art with someone special by your side is all the motivation you need. Sitting in the light-filled Atrium, watching the expression on a child's face as she makes a collage — each experience is worth the trip. PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation.

We gain exciting insights about ourselves and other cultures through special exhibitions, weekend festivals and family art-making programs. You are vital to the equation. Your experiences shape the art you look at and the performances you watch, making them more meaningful and transformative

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The Scandinavian Cultural Center is a destination and resource for the exploration of traditional and contemporary Nordic culture and complementary cultural experiences. Housing The Scandinavian Library, a café and a uniquely Scandinavian performance and exhibition venue, the Nordic Hall, the SCC hosts a monthly Nordic Film Series, a weekly Kaffestugan (Swedish for café), and a variety of programs including concerts, lectures, exhibitions, artist talks and special events, including its highly popular Smörgåsbord Nordic Food Festival. The Center shares space with the Scandinavian Living Center and continues over 100 years of history as a meeting space for Scandinavians and those interested in Nordic culture.

The School of Fashion Design is committed to excellence in educating students in the complete fashion design process, from creation and innovation to comprehensive technical expertise, so that they are prepared to become leaders in the global fashion design industry.  At the School of Fashion Design, you learn how to be the best.

Scout, the student-run design group at Northeastern Universty, is passionate about Design. We see design as a way of learning, solving problems and bringing people from different disciplines together. Our four programs—Scout Studio, Scout Events, Club Scout and Scout Labs — offer different touch points and access to design.

The Society of Arts and Crafts is a 118 year old non-profit organization with a contemporary vision. Our mission is to support excellence in crafts by encouraging the creation, collection, and conservation of the work of craft artists, and by educating and promoting public appreciation of fine craftsmanship. As Boston’s only dedicated craft exhibition space, our open and eclectic philosophy allows us to exhibit emerging and established artists, introduce new craft forms, and embrace exhibitions that would not generally be considered in commercial venues.

The College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University has as its credo that liberal learning prepares students of all ages and backgrounds to live more fulfilling lives, to appreciate and contribute to the communities of which they are members, and to reach their ethical, personal, intellectual and financial goals. To help its students maximize their potential, the college emphasizes critical and analytical thinking through a rigorous “success skills” undergraduate core program in written and oral communication, computing, analyzing and integrating. Faculty scholarship supports diversified liberal arts concentrations available in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences, along with graduate programs in several fields, most offering career-related professional program tracks and practical experience on or off campus.

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Trinity is a vibrant community of Christians, prayerfully, generously, and directly engaged as agents of God’s love in Boston and in the greater world. Through our parish, the Trinity Boston Foundation, and partnerships with like-minded organizations, we support Boston’s youth in reaching their potential; feed and house our neighbors who lack food and homes; work for peace and reconciliation; and so much more.

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