The 1% Helps Nonprofits with Design and Architectural Needs

"In a moment of ambitious insanity, I decided to start a nonprofit," says John Peterson, the founder and president of The 1%.

In a recent article in The Christian Science Monitor, Public Architecture’s John Peterson discussed the company’s The 1%. Based in San Francisco, the organization connects nonprofit groups in need of design assistance with architecture or design firms. The program’s name comes from the idea that if firms across the country donate just 1 percent of their time each year to charitable work it would equal 5 million hours. Launched in 2001 – now, more than 10 years later – has more than 1,000 architecture and design firms (which is between 3 percent and 5 percent of all American architectural firms) and 600 nonprofit organizations are participating. Peterson says about 18 new firms join each month.

“If they [architectural firms] can’t keep the lights on and pay their staffs, they can’t do it,” says Amy Ress, program manager of The 1%. “So The 1% needs to educate architect and design firms on how pro bono work can be a healthy part of doing business.”

Shaw Contract Group, along with other groups including National Endowment for the Arts and Formica, has shown its support to The 1%. One percent of the profits of our Homage collection is donated to The 1%. Learn more here.

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