Become a partner

Become a strategic funding partner and create a tangible impact in the world — Meet your impact goals, reach more people and contribute to climate justice through design.


As an independent non-profit foundation, we rely on the support of our generous strategic partners to make a change in the world.


Businesses, governments, philanthropic organizations, and individuals give funding and sponsor us so they support social and climate justice. Therefore direct grant donation to our programmes from funding partners are extremely valuable in making a positive impact! See more about our impact here.


To learn more about the benefits of becoming a funding partner, email our Corporate Fundraising Manager Gaël Colin who will be happy to share a plan that fits with your giving goals.


Donate to our Impactful ProgramMEs

You can support designers and their creative solutions for the planet by donating to our annual challenge, start-up accelerator programmes and live events.


Choose the programme you want to allocate your grant and the geographical area where you want to have an impact, according to your priorities. We are based in Amsterdam, with hubs in São Paulo, Mexico City, Delhi, Nairobi and Tokyo and receive global brand visibility across our marketing, events and more.




Support the global annual Design COMPETITION

Every year, we run a design ‘Challenge’ to encourage changemaking creatives to apply to the open call with their design solutions for social and climate action. Challenges provide the global creative community with the connections, resources, skills and funding to help their new ideas thrive.

About our challenges


Accelerator Programme

Support the Development of creative entrepreneurs

Not only do the design ‘Challenge’ winners receive a grant, they also win an accelerator programme to develop and scale new innovations with experts as well as boosting connections, resources and skills. Participants range from young professionals to creatives, designers, students, social entrepreneurs and startups.

About our accelerator programme


live events

Sponsor the Conferences

What Design Can Do organises annual conferences on design and innovation in different cities across the world. With a philosophy of positivity, we facilitate a unique international line-up of visionary speakers and interactive workshops.

About our events

“What Design Can Do ignites global creative innovation with a professional and optimistic approach, engaging the design community to find innovative solutions to climate change and motivate people to take climate action.”

Liz McKeon Head of Strategy IKEA Foundation


Would you like to become a funding partner?

Reach out to our Corporate Fundraising Manager Gaël Colin for more information about the benefits of giving a grant or becoming a sponsor. Thank you for considering making a donation!