In 2000, Susan Fredman founded Designs for Dignity (D4D), a non-profit organization that transforms the existing spaces of other non-profits through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, allowing them to provide comfortable, supportive and healing physical environments for the populations they serve.

Interior designers, architects and other design/build industry professionals donate their time, and manufacturers, vendors, craftsman, clients and showrooms provide furnishings and materials that are used in the spaces - thus, creating a recycling program for designers. From sofas that were a tinge off from the correct color, to cabinets that never made it into a home - all of these materials help D4D address need for others.

D4D has transformed the spaces of more than 100 non-profits and has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands served by them. Service grants have been awarded to a wide range of non-profit organizations that serve diverse populations, and the organization is proud to provide an avenue for diverting excess materials away from landfills and into the hands of those who can truly benefit from them.

D4D has chapters in Chicago, New York City and coming soon, San Francisco.

To learn more, visit or contact Jennifer Sobecki, Executive Director at:

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