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HUMANKIND Annual Report 2011


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Letter from the President How We Work Our Growth Practice Areas Design Fellowshp Program Chapter Network Donors & Sponsors Financial Postion About Design for Mankind


Design is truly the medium of change. It allows us to see a future we may not have thought possible —- and to build it.


This year Design for Humankind celebrates its 10th anniversary. What began as a simple idea to provide design services to communities in need has transformed into an international non-profit building change in dozens of countries. Over the past decade Design for Humankind has become one of the world’s largest and most credible design organizations. Today, more than a quarter of a million people are living, teaching, healing and gathering in buildings designed by our design fellows, chapter members and volunteers. I am truly inspired by all the design professionals who come forward to dedicate their time and expertise where they are most urgently needed. Each project we undertake reaffirms my belief in the power of design to create a more sustainable future. In times of great need, solutions are needed more urgently than ever. Two-thirds of the world lives in sub-standard living conditions without access to clean water or sanitation. This requires new thinking - local solutions that can be adapted locally and globally. As we enter into our second decade we are embarking on our first ever capacity-building campaign. Through this campaign we in tend to double our budget and impact. Building capacity will help us expand our network, develop stronger online tools, better support our chapters, respond more quickly in times of great need and reach out to local builders around the world. Design is the ultimate renewable resource. Together, we can continue to build a better future. Cheers,


How We Work Design is important to every aspect of our lives. It informs the places in which we live, work, learn, heal and gather.


Through thoughtful, inclusive design we create lasting change in communities by focusing on the following practice areas: Poverty Alleviation

Providing access to water, sanitation, power and essential services.

Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction

Bringing safe shelter to communities prone to disaster and displaced populations.

Post-Conflict Community Building

Rebuilding community and creating neutral spaces for dialogue in post-conflict areas.

Design for At-Risk Populations

Creating spaces to meet the needs of those with disabilities and other at-risk populations

Addressing Climate Change

Reducing the footprint of the built environment and mitigating the effects of rapid urbanization in unplanned settlements.


Our Growth

24,000 newsletter subscriptions

3,000 participants

2 volunteers 4 sq. feet 1 laptop of office 1 cellphone

3 staff 20 affiliates in 5 countries


1999 : 0 8

2004 : 27,000

1,500 international design team


newsletter subscriptions

7,000 participants 1,250 designers worldwide

71 affiliates in 19 countries

10 staff

48,000 newsletter subscriptions

53 affiliates in 12 countries

13 full-time staff

9,000+ participants

2009 : 700,000

2011 : 950,000 9

Practice Areas We engage all stakeholders in the design process. We believe our clients are designers in their own right. Each year 10,000 people directly benefit from structures created by Design for Humankind. Our advocacy, training and outreach programs impact an additional 50,000 people annually. We channel the resources of the global funding community to meaningful projects that make a difference locally. From conception to completion, we manage all aspects of the design and construction process. Our clients include community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions, and foundations.



Nadukupam Vangala Women’s Center

This multipurpose women’s community center was designed through handson design workshops with the community of Nadukupam that was devastated by the 2006 Southeast Asian Tsunami. The center serves Design Team: Purnima McCutcheon, Architecture as a safe meeting and skills-training space for women and is also a focal for Humanity Design Fellow point of celebration and learning for the community. This is one of three women’s centers built in India. The building was constructed using Project Partners: Parvathy (Community Coordinator), primarily Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks, which are biodegradable, Pitchandikulam Forest, and non-polluting (very little energy is consumed in their production). Auroville Location: Nadukupam, Tamil Nadu, India

Funding Agent: Quaker Service Australia and Architecture for Humanity Date: May 2007 – April 2008


Cyclone Nargis Rebuilding in Myanmar

Location: Burma (Myanmar) Design Team: Suchon Mallikamarl, Kidsada Polsup, Tee Angkasuwapa and Nattawut Usavago Project Partners: Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Tripartite Core Group and Thai Embassy

Design for Humankind has supported a number of construction professionals in Myanmar and Thailand to assist with rebuilding efforts after Cyclone Nargis. Working with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), a local design team has engaged in community design workshops in the village of Nyaung Wine to do preliminary site analysis and develop designs for several community structures. The primary goal is to elevate construction standards and incorporate green building with disaster mitigation techniques into existing buildings to prevent future destruction.

Funding Agent: Architecture for Humanity Date: May 2008 - Present Website:


Football for Hope

Location: South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda and Ghana Design Team: arG Design; Nina Maritz and Paul Munting, Andrew Gremley and Isaac Mugumbule, and Habib Sisoko Project Partners: streetfootballworld Funding Agent: FIFA Date: October 2008 Present Website:


Design for Humankind has partnered with FIFA and streetfootballworld to help design and build Football for Hope Centers to benefit socioeconomically disadvantaged African communities as part of the official campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, “20 Centres for 2010.” The goals of the campaign are to promote best practices in the fields of Health Promotion, Peace Building, Children’s Rights & Education, AntiDiscrimination & Social Integration and the Environment by bringing together, advising, supporting and strengthening sustainable social and human development programs through football (soccer).

Kutamba AIDS Orphans School

Location: Village of Bikongozo, District of Rukungiri, Uganda Design Team: Matt Miller, Design for Humankind Fellow Project Partners: Project H Design Funding Agent: Nyaka AIDS Foundation

The Kutamba Primary School is a community-based organization implementing elementary education facilities for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Rukungiri district of Southern Uganda. The project includes the design and construction of a school facility with classrooms, offices, kitchen/dining spaces, library, infirmary/nurse’s space, and play space. The design takes advantage of renewable energy systems, local materials and building methods, and context-sensitive systems solutions. The construction took place on-site as a means to educate the community on the building and maintenance processes.

Date: February 2008 – November 2008 Website: www.openarchit


Design Fellowship Program “The land we bought was literally ‘the site from hell.’ Design for Humankind’s architecture fellow managed to design classrooms that we will be able to replicate on any site. I really think it could be the best built school in rural Uganda.” — Carol Auld, Kutamba AIDS Orphans School, Bikongozo, Uganda



Design Fellow Profiles Design Fellows collaborate with communities to develop thoughtful, innovative design solutions to address urgent needs and see rough sketches all the way through construction. They volunteer their time and Design for Humankind provides support and mentoring to ensure that the experience is positive both for the design fellow and the community they serve.

Isaac Mugumbule, Designer Country: Kampala, Uganda Project: SIDAREC Project Location: Nairobi, Kenya


I was looking for an opportunity where I could positively impact the lives of people using the knowledge and skills I have been equipped with over my years of study. Being a design fellow has been very rewarding and an eye opening experience. By interacting with individuals and communities as a whole I was able to see, share and experience the problems faced by the communities. As a design fellow, I always challenge myself to look for solutions or ideas when faced with a problem. The best part about being Design for Humankind fellow is that I get to work with other dynamic individuals that have a similar drive and commitment to getting the job done.

This program enables Design for Humankind to achieve its onthe-ground impact in communities around the world, expose emerging designers to challenging experiences in community driven architecture, and ensures our organization as a whole remains on the cutting edge of community development and good design.

Oana Stanescu, Designer Country: Resita, Romania Project: Football for Hope Location: Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town, South Africa

I must say before this experience I couldn’t really imagine how a building could have an impact at a bigger scale. I was skeptical since I used to be on the opposite end and had witnessed many failed attempts to do this. But then you see the joy in the kids’ eyes in Khayelitsha when you tell them about the center and their excitement when you take the time to understand them. There is potential and determination to give these kids a purpose in life and keep them off the streets and give their parents hope that their kids are going to have it better. They are not skeptical but believe in our work. And when the first parent thanks you for simply being here, something shifts and your understanding of the responsibilities as an architect and human being come together. Not only can we make a difference, but it’s our responsibility to do so.


Chapter Network

Du Ire Montreal, Ottowa, Canada

London, United Kingdom

Canada Ames IA, Anchorage AK, Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Blacksburg VA, Boise ID, Boston MA, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Cleveland OH, Dallas-Fort Worth TX, Denver CO, Detroit MI, Fargo ND, Fayetteville AR, Indianapolis IN, Kansas City MO, Knoxville TN, Lexington KY, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, Minneapolis MN, Nashville TN, New York NY, • Philadelphia PA, Ruston LA, Sacramento CA, Salt Lake City UT, • San Antonio TX, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Santa Fe NM, Seattle WA, St. Louis MO

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53 Chapters

12 Countries 4,650 Volunteers New Delhi, India

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Adelaide, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand


Donors and Sponsors

@radical media, Anna Abengowe, Singeli Agnew, Cindy Allen, Darren Allen, Sarah Alvarez, Chris Anderson, Trevor Andrews, arG, Chris Arms, Allison Arnold , Mark, Patricia Bheeka, Valeria Bianco, Noam Birnbaum, Marlon Blackwell, Blazer industries, Eve Blossom, Marius Boatene, Carrie Bobo, Ann Book, Mary Beth Boyd, Sara Bradford, Meg Brennan, Tim Brown, Charlotte Buchen, Warren Buckingham, Gabriela Bueno, Building Tomorrow, Riessa Burgess, Reno Caldwell, Dana Cox, Maurice Cox, Patrick Crane, Ziba Cranmer, Creative Artists Agency, Chris Cronin, Brian Crowley, Kevin Crowley, Erin Cullerton, Da Silva, Natasha Dantzig, Rachel Dawson, Melanie De Cola, Adeeba Deterville, Sanya Detwiler, Cameron Diaz, Bertie Dixon, Do Something, Maya Draisin, Marina Drummer, Yes Duffy, Eleanor Dunk, Emma Durant, John Dwyer, Beth Eby, Katrin Elsemann, Emerging Architecture, Aileen English, Oswaldo Enriquez, Stuart Epstein, Lis Evans, Jennifer Evans, Kattlyn Evans, Fabrica, Graham Farbrother, Heather Farbrother, Jill Farenbacher, Marisha Farnsworth, Stephen Favarger, Julie Feldmeyer, Lisa Fulker, Paul Gabie, John Gage, Sharon Gallant, Claudia Gallardo, Laura Galloway, Monica Garrett, Global Green USA, Global Nomads Group, Reanne Grey, Michael Grote, Gulf Coast Community, Design Studio, Eric Hale, Anna Hallgrimsdottir, Mike Hamrick, Linda Hanson, Rodney Harber, Tom Hardiman, Chris Harnish, Herreast Harrison, Cara Harrison, John Hartley, David Hawkins, Jugo Helene, Jared Heming, Ben Hester, Sasha Heuer,


Graham Joaquin, Michael Jones, Linda Jones, Nicole Joslin, Stella Kaabwe, John Kamen, Marcia Kawabata, Megan Keely, Eileen Keenan, Ellen Keith, Jinney Kho, Laurence Khun, Eric Kigada, Youngjin Kim, George Kincaid, Mark Kinsler, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Ian Kirumba Ndungu, Henry Kitchen, Rhodes Klement, Julie Knorr, Karuga Koinange, Julie Kosteleck, Bobbi Kurshan, Byron Kuth, Grace Lau, Nick Lawrence, Guillaume Lecler, Kathy Lee, Tara Lemmey, Kerry Ann Levenhagen, Wenlin Li, Eli Lichter-Marck, Aaron Lim, Jonathan Lo, Cory Logan, Doug Look, Jeanneke Louise Malan, Jan Lübbering, Claire Lubell, Nancy Lublin, James Ludwig, Jesse Lutz, Joan MacKeith, Jean Suchon, Mallikamarl, David Mar, Sara Martens, Lucas Martin, Glenn Martinez, Duncan Maru, Lucy Mathai, Brian Mathews, David Matole, Reiko Matsuo, Annessa Mattson, Vikky McArthur, Nancy McClure, Purnima McCutcheon, Allyson McDuffie, Mike Medeiros, Matt Miller, Livio Minino, Melissa Mizell, Modular Building Institute, David Mohney, Miki Mori, Toby Morning, Beth Morris, Mick Morrissey, Michelle Mullineaux, Tonya Muro Phillips, Susan Namondo Ngongi, Damien Newman, Nicole Nowak, Margie O’Driscoll, Auma Obama, Adele Oliver, Olaf, Alfred Omenya, William Ong’ala, George Onyango, Beth Orser, Amina Osman, Fernando Pagan, Josh Palmer, Gina Panza, Joe Payne, Paola Peacock Friedrich, Sandra Pereira, Flemming Petersen, Shelli Petersen, Abby Peterson, Sylvie Petit-Dierks, Paul Petrunia, Heather Pfister, Meredith Phillips, Susanna Pho, Douglas Piccinnini, Emily Pilloton, Geoff Piper, Finley Pitt, Susi Platt, Jay Platt, Sheila Samuelson, Helena Sandman, Shilpa Sankaran, Kat Sawyer, Robert Schneider, Michela Selberman, Dr. Muhammad Sheelah, D.N., Gregg Sherkin, Anand Sheth, Dan Shine, Patty Siu-Lan Fung, Habib Sissoko, Laurel Skillman, Dan Smith, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Ate Snijder, Ruth Souroujon, Pauline Souza, Jenn Sramek, George Srour, Molly Stack Lynn


Financial Position


Assets CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Investments Contributions receivable Other receivables Prepaid expenses Inventory Total current assets SECURITY DEPOSITS FIXED ASSETS TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITY AND NET ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable Grants payable Fiscal sponsorship payable Note Payable Other accrued liabilities Total current liabilities NET ASSETS Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Total net assets TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS


20 10

20 11

$ 438,160 1,725,230 128,602 5,973 31,196 2,669 2,331,830 6,481 113,633 $42,451,944

$ 1,173,243 2,530 84,892 785 11,130 1,272,580 6,481 110,721 $1,389,782

$ 79,189 100,953 27,940 208,082

$ 79,780 42,634 4,831 11,713 138,958

414,304 1,829,558 2,243,862 $ 2,451,944

560,093 690,731 1,250,824 $ 1,389,782

Net Assets SUPPORT AND REVENUES Contributions Corporations Foundations Individuals Government grants Other private donations In-kind support Interest and investment income Earned income SATISFACTION OF TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS Total support, revenues, and satisfaction of temporary restrictions PROGRAM EXPENSES FUNDRAISING EXPENSES GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE Total expenses CHANGE IN NET ASSETS NET ASSETS, beginning of year NET ASSETS, end of year

20 10

20 11

$ 299,738 431,250 119,324 91,724 137,000 469,010 51,412 127,213 1,726,671

$ 1,900,018 76,562 164,480 88,914 231,510 18,000 19,503 253,900 2,752,887



1,726,671 1,472,890 71,695

2,752,887 1,491,469 45,492

145,133 1,689,718 36,953 1,213,871 $ 1,250,824

222,888 1,759,849 993,038 1,250,824 $ 2,243,862


Cash Flow OPERATING ACTIVITIES Change in net assets Adjustments to reconcile change in net assets to net cash provided (used) by operating activities: Depreciation Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts and contributions receivable Prepaid expenses Security deposits – Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Inventory Net cash used for operating activities INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchase of investments Purchase of fixed assets Net cash used by investing activities NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of year CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year


20 10

20 11

$ 993,038

$ 36,953



(48,898) (20,066) -– 69,124 (2,669) 1,014,216

(59,575) (9,961) (6,481) (39,705) –(66,395)

( 1,722,700) ( 26,599) (1,749,299) ( 735,083) 1,173,24 3 $ 438,160

(2,530) (94,531) (97,061) (163,456) 1,336,699 $ 1,173,243

2011 Operating Revenue 21% earned income (projects)

21% earned income (advocacy)

>1% fiscal sponsorship income

7% individual donations

13% rental income

5% other private donations 8% foundation grants

2% interest 3% government grants

20% corporate donations


About Design for Humankin Design for Humankind is a nonprofit design firm founded in 1999. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.


nd Board Niama Jacobs: Board Chair Clifford Curry Taylor Milsal Scott Mattoon Cameron Sinclair Kate Stohr Steve Meier: General Counsel Contact Information Design for Humankind T. +1.415.963.3511 F. +1.415.963.3520 Staff For staff list and bios please visit 31

Design for Humankind’s designers welcome the opportunity to share our work. For more information please contact Thao Nguyen at Creative Artists Agency at All media inquiries Please contact For more information please visit: Detailed information about each of our projects is shared on the Open Architecture Network, Š 2008 Design for Humankind. All rights reserved. Design for Humankind is a trademark of Design for Humankind.


Design for Humankind Annual Report  

Design for Humankind Annual Report