2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009 Grant Recipient
Since 1981 Michael Osborne Design has undertaken hundreds of pro-bono design projects for non-profit groups. After many years of working on these projects, in between the firm’s regular client work, Michael recognized that there was a real need for sustained support for his non-profit clients. As a result, he developed a plan to create a separate non-profit design firm that would provide services for other charity-based non-profit groups. And so, this ‘new model’ design firm, Joey's Corner, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was founded with an Ideas that Matter grant in 2006. Joey’s Corner honors the life of Michael’s deceased son, Joseph Michael Osborne, 1980-2004, and is funded by donations, fund-raising events, and whenever possible, underwritten by a sponsor or by the non-profit client.
Typically, non-profit organizations cannot afford a professional graphic designer. However, they often realize that strategic design solutions can help them communicate in a professional, consistent manner—supporting their mission and enabling goals, such as enhancing public awareness and attracting new donors.
“Graphic design is a powerful communication tool when used effectively and can be a huge benefit for nonprofits; especially when the partnership is managed professionally, consistently and with the same attention and focus as other, for profit client projects. Joey's Corner is a prime example of how graphic design can be used to help an organization communicate their valuable message in an effective, consistent, and powerful way.”