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 (see IRS approval letter). 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 performance gaps impacting the organization. Matched with nonprofits in service-learning projects, instructional design students develop solutions that are customized to the organization’s learning and performance improvement needs.
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.
Our two-part mission
- To provide nonprofits with instructional design products that improve performance.
- To provide instructional design students experience to develop their skills.
Volunteer as a Designer
Are you a currently enrolled instructional design college student looking to gain experience? If so, contact us to volunteer for an instructional or performance improvement service-learning project.
Become a Client
Are you part of a nonprofit or social enterprise? If so, contact us to become a client in a service-learning project to improve employee, volunteer, or customer learning and performance outcomes.
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.