BUILD cares deeply about its community and considers it a priority to create impactful philanthropic programming, and to engage with, enrich and bolster various non-profit organizations.
Now in its 10th year, this annual charity ride from Seattle to Vancouver supports two organizations, raising an average of $22,000 per year, for a to-date total of $206,000. For 2019’s ride, the philanthropy has selected Seattle's Bike Works, and Team Gleason. In addition to contributing resources to this event, BUILD participates in the 188-mile ride.
ARCADE’s mission is to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life. ARCADE fulfills its mission through its award-winning magazine, events, educational lectures, panel discussions and salons. For the last decade BUILD has contributed a relevant in-depth interview to each issue of ARCADE magazine and blog; was feature editor of issue 29.1, From Gritty to Glossy: Methods of Design; participated in a salon panel discussion; and volunteers at ARCADE’s thrice-yearly events.
“Home to three Nobel laureates and interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists, Fred Hutch is a global leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.” BUILD has participated in the annual Obliteride since it began in 2010; the event comprises a bicycle ride, walk and run to raise funds for The Hutch’s critical, life-saving work.
Seattle Community Centers
Acknowledging (as users and designers) that many of Seattle’s neighborhood community centers are in a state of disrepair, BUILD has been working with the Green Lake and Queen Anne Community centers’ advocates on a revitalization plan. The pro-bono program comprises research, speculative development studies, and promotional materials to help these fundamental community organizations better serve the broad demographic of their user groups.
“The Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works (formerly Seattle Youth Garden Works) program works with youth who are experiencing food scarcity, housing instability, involvement with the juvenile justice system, or greater than average barriers to employment. The program helps youth achieve educational, financial and employment goals and encourages them to build strong relationships with peers, adult staff and volunteers.” BUILD collaborated with TAYGW on their University District facilities, including the design and construction of a garden shelter for the University District farm.
Coyote Central sparks creativity in young people, providing the tools and guidance with which to build their skills and forge their futures. In an effort to help forward this mission, BUILD designed and permitted a workshop addition to the organization’s facilities.
Each year BUILD engages students from area universities in its internship program; BUILD provides meaningful on-the-job experience and mentorship.