Our Mission:

The IIDA New England Chapter Philanthropy Committee strives to inspire designers and industry members to give back to local organizations which we believe have honorable missions to serve our community. Our efforts go to support these organizations through coordination of volunteer activities, donation drives, and monetary gifts provided by successful events sponsored by our IIDA chapter. By advertising and encouraging participation, members of our professional community come together to serve a common cause. Our work is incredibly rewarding as we witness the impact our committee’s events make from year to year, not only by the essential support we help provide to local organizations, but also the relationships that have grown within our professional community from participation. We as a committee help bring joy and appreciation to local New Englanders which in turn brings happiness to all of the design community members who contribute. #IIDANECares

Featured Event:

IIDA NE Hartford City Center Mixology Event, March 21, 2018

Ring in Spring for Charity by designing 2 special cocktails using Wild Moon natural liqueurs with Hartford Flavor’s dazzling mixologists. Two groups of 25 each will be able to join in the fun, one group from 5:30-6:30 and the other group from 7:30-8:30. There will be a shared networking, food and cash bar hour from 6:30-7:30. An additional 25 people can attend this networking hour, forgoing the mixology sessions, so there are lots of options for all. All proceeds will benefit the local neighborhood Caring in Action group, Hands on Hartford.  Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to participate in this event.

Organizations we are committed to:

YouthBuild Boston

YBB’s is to empower and assist under served young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility. 


Art in Giving

Art in Giving raises funds for childhood cancer research through the sale of fine arts. Talented artists exhibit their work and fifty percent of the purchase price of their artwork sold goes directly to talented cancer researchers working on breakthrough ideas.

RAW Art Works

RAW offers visual arts groups, a film school, leadership development opportunities and teen employment to over 1,200 youth.  RAW recognizes the vital potential of each young artist and commit ourselves daily to their mission.

Art Lifting

ArtLifting empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products.

Riverzedge Arts

Riverzedge Arts’ mission is to improve lives and places through art, design, and creative problem solving.

Hands on Hartford

Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility.


Additional Organizations:


Cradles to Crayons

Heading Home

The Food Project

Rhode Island

Habitat for Humanity

Dorcas International Clothing Collaborative

Franklin Farm RI

NEARI Gingerbread Express


Coming Soon!

Contact Info:

To host or join an event or to learn more about the Philanthropy Committee please contact:

Anna Dockery, Unispace, VP of Philanthropy adockery@gmail.com

Rachel Winston, Fusion Design Consultants, Co-Chair rwinston@fusionboston.com

Kait McKenna, CBT Architects, Co-Chair mckenna@cbtarchitects.com

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