The Design Foundation

The Design Foundation was founded by IDSA in 2001 as a means to expand our outreach and educational efforts. This 501(c)(3) organization is purpose built to provide scholarships and other educational benefits to the general public.

Among other outputs, The Design Foundation focuses its resources to:

  • Promote public education concerning societal benefits of industrial design
  • Fund undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships in industrial design
  • Foster social responsibility among industrial designers

Funding for The Design Foundation comes directly from generous donations made by individuals, families, or businesses who share the same values as The Design Foundation and wish to advance the Foundation’s mission.

The most well-known of The Design Foundation’s initiatives is the annual Undergraduate Scholarship program which, to date, has awarded over $30,000 in financial assistance to dozens of design students. These scholarships allow the Society to help students at the earliest stages of their design careers and provide much needed financial support in the pursuit of a design degree.

Those interested in making a donation to The Design Foundation may contact IDSA at:

The Design Foundation
Attention: Jerry Layne
555 Grove Street, Suite 200
Herndon, VA 20170

703.707.6000 x119