Autodesk, Inc. has announced the launch of Autodesk Foundation which will invest in and support efforts and initiatives of the most impactful nonprofit organizations using the power of design technology to help solve epic challenges, such as climate change, access to water, and healthcare, among others. In partnership with the company, the Autodesk Foundation will provide select design-oriented grantees with software, training and financial support. This global program also includes Autodesk’s commitment to donating $7.5 million in software to at least 500 non-profits in the first year.
The Autodesk Foundation (www.autodesk.org) is a newly created 501c3 private foundation that supports design-driven Nonprofit organizations in India, Africa, Haiti, amongst others. It is a tax-free nonprofit legal entity governed separately from Autodesk Inc. As a private foundation, it is funded exclusively by Autodesk, Inc. and the Board of Directors are all Autodesk executives.
“We believe that design offers humanity our greatest hope for addressing some of the most urgent, inter-connected and non-negotiable challenges of our time,” says President and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation and Autodesk Senior Director of Sustainability, Lynelle Cameron. “We want to support and accelerate the design-led revolution currently underway, by investing in design-driven entities that are pursuing scalable solutions with measureable impact.”