Designers for Learning is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization!
Designers for Learning is organized as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois, and operates exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Designers for Learning promotes service-learning opportunities through collaboration with schools, students, and volunteers.
Helping those who help others
We help nonprofits and other social enterprises achieve their missions by targeting underserved educational and curriculum needs. Participating in service-learning courses, instructional design students and other volunteers develop solutions that are customized to targeted learning and performance needs.
Our current focus is creating open educational resources for underserved adult basic education programs to support the millions of adults with low literacy and math skills. Since 2014, nearly 4,000 people have enrolled in our free service-learning courses to gain instructional design experience and develop free educational resources for underserved and underfunded adult basic education programs.
With over 2.3 million nonprofit organizations in the US, there is enormous opportunity for the instructional design community to offer performance improvement expertise to help social enterprises achieve their missions. A parallel opportunity exists to offer real-world experience to instructional design students and others.
Our two-part mission
- To provide nonprofits with instructional design products that improve performance.
- To provide instructional design students and others with experience to develop their skills.
Volunteer as a Designer
Are you a looking to gain instructional design experience? If so, contact us to enroll or volunteer in a service-learning project.
Become a Subject Matter Expert
Are you part of a nonprofit involved in adult basic education? If so, contact us to become a subject matter expert to help support our service-learning projects.
Involve Your Students
Are you faculty in an instructional design or related program? If so, contact us to involve your students in our service-learning projects. We align our projects with the needs of student volunteers.
Do you have professional experience and an academic background in instructional design or a related field? If so, contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a mentor.