Congratulations to the 2016 Grant Recipients
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Sappi Ideas that Matter

2016 Winners

Our Ideas that Matter program provides the funds to put your life-changing designs in motion

We asked how design can be used to drive change, and you answered. After reviewing many outstanding proposals, we’re convinced that these eight have what it takes to make a difference in lives and communities around the world—and we’re delighted to announce them as Sappi’s 2016 Ideas that Matter grant recipients!


Sam Aquillano, Design Museum Foundation
Extraordinary Playscapes for Design Museum Foundation

Graphic Design MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA)
The Growing Girls Project for Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins

Sunra Thompson--Art Director at McSweeney's
The 826 Anthology of Student Writing for 826 National

Alvin Oei--ArtCenter College of Design, Designmatters
The Healing Tree: The Safe Niños Project for COANIQUEM BCF, The Burned Children Foundation

Brian Dempsey and Claudine Baldwin, The Blank Page
SOLA Case Statement and Website for SOLA—School of Leadership, Afghanistan

Susan Verba and Sarah Perrault, Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi) at the University of California, Davis
The Pain Project: Creating Tools for Shared Decision-Making for Hill County Health and Wellness Center

Piedad Rivandeneira-Felicidad
All America: We See Changemakers Everywhere for Ashoka

Mai Kobori, Eulani Labay, Amy Findeiss, Parsons the New School for Design
Blank Plate—Trainer’s Playbook for The Point Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Various NYCEDC Sites