2016 Ideas that Matter Winners and Judges

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

By funding programs that have designs on making a positive change in our society, Sappi has helped over 500 grant winners put their ideas on paper for all to see. These partnerships prove the power of creativity to inspire action, unite people and achieve goals as together we strive to make a difference in the world.

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!

A better tomorrow starts today.

Susan Verba and Sarah Perrault, Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi) at the University of California, Davis - Hill Country Health and Wellness Center

Alvin Oei, ArtCenter College of Design, Designmatters - Coaniquem BCF, the Burned Children Foundation

Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA - Johns Hopkins University Lerner Center or Public Health Promotion

Sunra Thompson, Art Director at McSweeney’s - 826 National

Brian Dempsey and Claudine Baldwin, The Blank Page - SOLA - School of Leadership, Afghanistan

Sam Aquillano, Design Museum Foundation - Design Museum Foundation

Mai Kobori, Eulani Labay, Amy Findeiss, Parsons the New School for Design - The Point CDC

Piedad Rivadeneira, Felicidad - Ashoka