Creativity holds enormous power to spark positive social change.

Design Ignites Change supports creative professionals, as well as high school and college students, who use design thinking – the combination of unleashed creativity and executable actions – to improve the lives of individuals and communities.





Our current programs include:

» Awards: Student Innovation Awards, Educator Grants and Professional Fellowships for creative professionals, educators and college students

» Scholarships: College scholarships for aspiring fine artists and designers from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

» Fiscal Sponsorship: Non-profit 501(c)(3) status and business services for start-up social design organizations or projects

» Mentoring: Robust guides and support for design professionals or college students wishing to mentor high school students with social change design projects

» Workshops: Hands-on, personalized guidance and project incubation through the Funding Social Change Workshops, Impact! Design for Social Change—an annual six-week summer intensive offered in conjunction with the School of Visual Arts in New York City—and free webinars for all designers engaged in social impact design.

Design Ignites Change was created in 2009 and is a result of a partnership between Adobe Foundation and Worldstudio Foundation. Through our Awards Program, to date we have granted over $100,000 in support of student projects that address social issues in communities around the globe and the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program has awarded $936,375 to 637 college students.

Click here to download a PDF with highlights of the first five years of Design Ignites Change.