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– BOSTON - Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the 27 grant recipients for its 11th Ideas that Matter an annual, innovative grant program that transforms the creative ideas of designers into a powerful force for social good. Through Ideas that Matter, each designer's project will support the mission and public awareness campaigns of a nonprofit organization of their choosing. The winning projects represent a vast array of social, cultural, and environmental issues and were selected based on their creativity, potential impact and practicality of the implementation plan, and were selected by an independent panel of judges.
The winning proposals and funding for each project were determined by a judging panel of top graphic designers from throughout the U.S.: Casey Caplowe of GOOD, Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse, Doug Powell of Schwartz Powell, Matt Rollins of Iconologic, and Armin Vit of UnderConsideration. Since 1999, Sappi's Ideas that Matter program has awarded over $10 million worldwide in grants to designers around the globe, who are performing pro bono work for a nonprofit organization. Out of the $1 million that is annually awarded on a global level, a total of $400,000 in grants will be awarded in North America this year.
"Grants from Sappi's Ideas that Matter program help fund the unique not-for-profit work of designers in North America. These designers have dedicated their talent, vision and energy to a range of community-based causes across the country, and we are honored to support their work in these challenged economic times," said Jennifer Miller, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America.
The 2010 Ideas that Matter grant recipients are:
|Designer||Firm||Location of Designer||Project Title||Nonprofit Organization|
|Giorgio Baravalle||de.MO||Millbrook, N.Y.||Women Between Peace & War: Afghanistan||Art Works Projects|
|James Buyayo||Sapient||Oceanside,Calif||Water for Water||Welldone|
|Bernard Canniffe||PIECE Studio||Minneapolis, Minn.||Old Arizona Theatrical Production||Old Arizona Collaborative, Inc.|
|Esther Chak & Mary-Jo Valentino||Imaginary Office||Chicago, Ill.||Relief, Restoration, & Reform: A Print and Digital Toolkit||Ocean Conservancy, Gulf of Mexico Regional Office|
|Nathalie Destandau||Tomorrow Partners||Berkeley, Calif.||Do-It-Yourself Tool Builder for Global Women's Health Education||BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)|
|David Frisco & Michael Kelly||Design Corps, Pratt Institute||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Design Corps Identity and Promotional Materials||Design Corps, Pratt Institute|
|Michelle Hays||Hays Design Studio||Austin, Texas||Newcomers||Borderland Youth at Texas State University - San Marcos|
|Jennifer Jones||Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways||Mount Pleasant, Mich.||American Indian Boarding Schools 8th Grade Supplementary Curriculum Guide||Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways|
|Catalina Kulczar-Marin||Catalina Photography||New York, N.Y.||Let Love Reign||Human Rights Campaign|
|Irina Lee||Irina Lee||New York, N.Y.||First Person American||The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation|
|Jessica Little||Jessica Little||Savannah, Georgia||Click||Youth Photo Project|
|Terry Marks||tmarks design. Llc||Seattle, Wash.||The YES Foundation||The YES Foundation of White Center|
|Lara McCormick||Lara McCormick||New York, N.Y.||Build it Green! NYC||Build it Green! NYC (BIG! NYC)|
|Melanie McElduff||Melanie McElduff & Deborah Ross||New York, N.Y.||Art as a Tool to Empower Children's Voices for Conservation||African Conservation Fund|
|Suzanne McKenzie||Buoy Inc.||Dorchester, Mass.||The Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation Awareness + Fundraising Campaign||The Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation|
|Jessi McNamara||Jessi McNamara||San Diego, Calif.||Pit Bull Advocacy, Resources and Rescue||Even Chance: Pit Bull Advocacy, Resources and Rescue|
|Rachel Mitnick||Art Center College of Design||Pasadena, Calif.||ONEgeneration Presentation Kit||ONEgeneration|
|Emily Pilloton||Project H Design||Windsor, N.C.||Studio H||Project H Design|
|Natacha Poggio||University of Hartford||West Hartford||Design Global Change: Bringing girls into focus||University of Hartford|
|Linda Pulik||Bao Design Lab||Chicago, Ill.||Project Dose||Bao Design Lab|
|Alan Ricks||MASS Design Group||Boston, Mass.||A Framework for Health Facility Planning & Airborne Disease Mitigation||Partners in Health|
|Bryant Ross||Continuum||West Newton, Mass.||826 Boston: Launching a Book of Original Student Writing||826 Boston|
|Carly Rounds||AED Social Change Design||Washington, D.C.||ROPS Retrofit Program||AED Center for Social Marketing and Behavior Change|
|Ashley Stevens||Ashley Stevens||Brooklyn, N.Y.||The Ah Project: Finding Acceptance in Mental Illness||The Jed Foundation|
|Joshua To||BRUTE LABS, San Francisco||San Francisco, Calif.||projectOPEN||BRUTE LABS|
|Greg Wong||The Longitude||New York, N.Y.||Hello Rewind: Awareness Campaign and Retail Launch||Restore NYC|
|Denise Wood||AIGA||New York, N.Y.||Design Pro Bono||AIGA The Professional Association for Design|
"I think what makes Ideas that Matter unique is the notion that design can be a catalyst for change and not only through formal, traditional design solutions. The really exciting proposals were those in which the designer worked in tandem with a partner-- an organization, a foundation, some cultural or social institution-- and found a way for visual thinking to make a leap that other kinds of thinking cannot," said Jessica Helfand, Partner, Winterhouse. "That's what was really exciting to see."
Sappi's 2010 Ideas that Matter grant recipients will complete their projects by March 31, 2011. Please visit the Ideas that Matter Web site for future updates on the grant recipients and their respective design projects. The 2011 Call for Entries for the next, annual Ideas that Matter program will be announced this spring. For more information about Ideas that Matter, visit www.sappi.com/ideasthatmatterNA or call 800-882-4332.
Sappi Fine Paper North America is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are some of the industry's most widely recognized and specified. Sappi's mills in North America are triple chain of custody certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Over 80 percent of the energy used by Sappi's North American mills comes from renewable resources, resulting in one of the lowest carbon footprints of any major North American coated paper supplier. Sappi Fine Paper North America is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE and JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in 10 countries, sales offices in over 40 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. For more information about Sappi Fine Paper North America, visit: www.sappi.com/na.