At RNL, we take end-of-year giving to heart. We always do our research and put in the time to make sure we’re using our resources in the best way possible.
As an international firm, it’s important to address issues affecting us both locally and globally. This year, we researched organizations with missions closely aligned with our own core values:
- Respecting human rights
- Embracing diversity and inclusion
- Creating resilient communities
- Protecting the environment
We also looked at how efficiently these organizations use their donation money.
After much deliberation and serious consideration, we selected three organizations that we whole-heartedly support and are honored to be partnering with in 2017.
“Climate change is real, we are all responsible for it, and we all must be part of the solution.”
As an early adopter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 commitment, RNL is committed to a carbon neutral future. The Carbon Fund is a leader in the fight against climate change through:
- Education and outreach
- Direct carbon offsets
- Support of third-party verified projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation
It also made the list of the top ten charities with a perfect score in financial health, accountability and transparency. It’s emphasis on practical, financially feasible efforts to address climate change resonates with our work for, and discussions with, our clients.
“Health has intrinsic value for every person, but it is also essential for people to learn, work, and live productive lives.”
Along with addressing climate change, a key driver of RNL’s work is strengthening health, wellbeing, and resiliency of people, buildings and communities. With a mission of improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief provides essential medical resources to communities around the world. They too have a perfect score in financial health, accountability and transparency, according to Charity Navigator.
“Using the city as the classroom, and connecting young people to real world architects and planners, we foster the next generation of design professionals, civic leaders, and change makers. We advocate for fellowship, equity, and excellence in design.
As a certified B Corp, we’re passionate about supporting diverse, inclusive communities. RNL was one of the first adopters of the B Corp community’s Inclusion Challenge, which for us starts by addressing diversity and inclusion within the architecture and design profession.
NOMA Project Pipeline’s mission is to help school-age children become more conscious of their social environment and empower them to be agents of change in their communities. Experience has shown the organization that the most easily understood language in a community is architecture and design in its broadest sense.
Project Pipeline facilitates design workshops for middle and high school students in 15 cities across the U.S., each one tailored to address the specific social justice challenges in that location or community. The organization also provides comprehensive mentoring resources and step-by-step guides for students and young professionals who are interested in entering the design profession.
We admire Project Pipeline for its vision and commitment to shaping our future leaders, and look forward to strengthening our relationship in 2017.