Giving back to the communities we serve
through conservation and philanthropy.

For decades, NBBJ has committed professional and financial resources to positively impact issues that are close to our practice — and to our hearts, minds and homes. In 2007 we signed onto the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and since that time, we have increasingly focused our giving and volunteer efforts around issues that impact the environment. Being proactive stewards of our planet is the clarion call for our philanthropy program.

The Legacy Project

NBBJ has long partnered with The Nature Conservancy, most notably with our Legacy Project, an initiative focused on the simple, but highly impactful, action of planting and protecting trees. Since 2009, NBBJ has provided The Nature Conservancy with funding that has achieved measurable reforestation and protected standing forests from the Mississippi River Delta to the Sierra Madre Highlands of Guatemala to Yunnan Province in China.

This partnership has had immediate, long-lasting outcomes: it has restored the lungs of our planet; safeguarded the natural and human communities that depend on forests for refuge, clean air and water; protected against flooding; and mitigated the effects of a changing climate.

To date, we have planted more than 708,949 trees — with the potential to store up to 238,500 tons of CO2 over 50 years — putting us well ahead of our target of one million by 2030.

Pro Bono Design

NBBJ is committed to engaging its professional resources and leadership to make a difference in society through the built environment. In addition to encouraging employee volunteerism in our local communities, we donate our time and talent to serve those who might not otherwise have access to design services.

Giving Back to Our Communities

Each NBBJ office sets aside a portion of its yearly budget for local-based giving, to impact the organizations that are making a difference in our own communities. We also support our clients’ philanthropic campaigns and turn out for their important causes.

The Environment

  • Architecture 2030
  • The Boston Harbor Association
  • Charles River Watershed Association
  • Coastal Steward
  • EarthCorps
  • Forterra
  • Green Columbus
  • International Living Future Institute
  • LivableStreets Alliance, Emerald Necklace Network
  • Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Nature Conservancy of New York
  • The Nature Conservancy of Ohio
  • The Nature Conservancy, Chongming Dongtan Bird Sanctuary
  • Nature Consortium
  • New York Harbor Foundation
  • Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Stewardship Partners, Feast on the Farm
  • Tatoosh School
  • Trees for Cities
  • USGBC Central Ohio Chapter

Arts and Education

  • The 5th Avenue Theatre
  • AIA Equity in Architecture Survey
  • AIA Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Fresh A.I.R. Gallery
  • Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning & Design
  • Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Leap Arts in Education, San Francisco
  • Seattle Architecture Foundation
  • Seattle Opera
  • The Skyscraper Museum
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Woodland Park Zoo

Community Organizations

  • Boston Society of Architects Foundation
  • Cambridge Little Baseball League
  • Pelotonia
  • Community Kitchen
  • Goodwill Columbus
  • ACE Mentor Program of America, Central Ohio
  • ACE Mentor Program of America, Washington
  • Archikids
  • Women & Children First UK
  • Movember UK
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • A+D Architecture and Design Museum
  • Neighborcare Health

Client-based Foundations

  • Overlake Medical Center Foundation
  • American Heart Association, Men Go Red
  • St. Joseph Health Foundation
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation
  • Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation
  • Maricopa Health Foundation
  • Bunker Hill Community College Foundation
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Meridian Park Medical Foundation
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
  • Emanuel Medical Center
  • Harrison Medical Center Foundation
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
  • University of Washington Foundation
  • Washington State University
  • Liberty Science Center

Other Areas of Giving

In addition to the above activities, members of the NBBJ community give back by serving on the boards of important arts, education and civic organizations in our local communities. Many also teach at internationally recognized institutions of higher learning, preparing the next generation of designers and civic leaders.