Nonprofit How it Works

The 1% program is a venue for nonprofits to tell their stories, document their facilities needs, and find design firms willing to give of their time.


Step 1:
Register your nonprofit and request your 1%.
This is a simple first step, requesting basic information about your organization. It is also an opportunity to describe your mission and either confirm your 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or identify your fiscal sponsor.

Step 2:
Complete your profile and post your project needs.
Once registered, you will immediately enter “My 1%,” which provides an opportunity to describe your facilities needs and which of the pro bono service offerings provided by participating firms you are seeking.

Step 3:
Find firms willing to give of their time.
Having registered your nonprofit with The 1% program, you have the ability to see a complete list of registered architecture and design firms. With the click of a button, you can send your project request for firms’ consideration.

Still have questions?
Click here to view FAQs regarding the program and pro bono projects.

The 1% identifies firms committed to service.
The program asks that firms dedicate a minimum of 1% of their working hours to pro bono service. The program is open to architecture and design firms of all kinds and throughout the country.

The 1% catalogs firms’ pro bono intentions.
The program enables registered firms to catalog and describe their pro bono contributions, project interests, and availability to take on new projects, helping your nonprofit find the best match.

The 1% helps firms find you.
The program enables registered firms to view your nonprofit’s full profile. Just as your nonprofit is seeking assistance, many firms may be eagerly seeking project opportunities.