Holiday Giving: Designers Collaborative’s Favorite Philanthropies

This is the season for charitable giving, and everyone has their favorite organization, institution  or cause. Here, individual members of Designers Collaborative share where their philanthropic  dollars will be going this year.

Uniform Firefighters Association

Carl D’Aquino: My brother is a NYC Lieutenant Fireman and whenever possible we give to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York: Widows & Children’s Fund.

The Isabel O'Neil Studio Workshop

Ronald Bricke: The Isabel O’Neil Foundation is instrumental in the revival of the art of the painted finish.


Laura Bohn: For years we’ve ben giving to Kiva, the non-profit microfinancing organization that facilitates small loans, some as little as $25, to impoverished people around the world. And the borrowers always find a way to pay back their loans–it’s amazing!

American Red Cross

Jerry Caldari: This year it will be the American Red Cross.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Tim Button: We’ll be giving to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Heifer International

Glenn Gissler: One of the charities I’ll be donating to is Heifer International, which combats world hunger and poverty through gifts of livestock and training.

Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund

Susan Arann, Bruce Bierman, and Barry Goralnick: Susan lives on Staten Island, and we are all aware of how badly the borough was damages by Hurricane Sandy. One easy way to donate to the ongoing relief effort is through the Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Relief Fund, which was specially established to directly help families whose homes or apartments were devastated by the storm.