Sappi Ideas That Matter Celebrates 20th Anniversary

11 Projects Receive Funds For Social Impact Campaigns

Sappi North America has named the 2019 recipients of its annual Ideas that Matter grant program. Celebrating its 20th year, the program provides funding to support the production and distribution of social impact print projects with integrated campaigns. This year’s recipients demonstrate how print, combined with online and in-person activities, can play an important role in solving social issues. The winning grants include a wide range of innovative solutions that will:
  • Advance sustainable food systems 
  • Offer tax preparation support for low-income families
  • Deliver legal guidelines for independent farmers
  • Educate employers about equity and justice in hiring
  • Build positive relationships between law enforcement and communities of color
For two decades, Sappi has championed the work of social impact designers through its Ideas that Matter grant program, the cornerstone of its corporate social responsibility platform. The company has made global contributions totaling more than $13 million to fund more than 500 projects since the program was created. “As Ideas that Matter celebrates 20 years, Sappi continues to show its commitment to supporting social good through print design,” said Patti Groh, Marketing Communications Director, Sappi North America. “As we look ahead, we’re excited to continue working with a growing group of designers focused on social impact. We learn more about the important work being done in this field each year and expect that our efforts can continue to help it flourish and influence positive change for people and communities everywhere.”
You can see and read about all the winners on the Sappi website.
Featured image: Naomi Usher of Studio Usher, New York NY.  The grant is for NY Sun Work, which builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Their Greenhouse Project Initiative uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability.
Shown below:  Liz Rose Chmela, Made by We, Washington DC.  Sustainable farmers today need the power and resources to solve business law problems pertaining to their land. This all-in-one workbook contains hands-on materials for both new and experienced farmers to help them become more comfortable with farm law.

Shown below: Nate Bernhard and Harris Levine, Ker-twang, Miami FL.  This campaign will use print and digital materials in the pediatrician’s office to reach low-income families that are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).