Autodesk Foundation

The Autodesk Foundation supports the people and organisations using design for positive social and environmental impact. It is our mission to support the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges.

We've provided $115 million in donated software.

We seek out impact-oriented organisations – including nonprofits, social enterprises, and startups – and help them scale. We provide funding, software, training, and related support, so these organisations can maximise their impact.

Autodesk launched the Autodesk Foundation in 2014 to align our philanthropic giving with our core business and expertise in design and engineering. Since then, Autodesk Foundation has placed $20 million in 60 organisations around the world and provided $115 million in donated software and in-kind support.

What we look for

We invest in a diverse group of organisations from around the world that:

  • Leverage innovative design and engineering
  • Maintain a commitment to measuring impact
  • Develop a scalable model
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrate qualified, visionary leadership, and a skilled team.

We don't wait for the right people to find us. In fact, we don't accept unsolicited proposals. Instead, we tap into our extensive network to uncover organisations and individuals who meet our criteria for social impact and are ready to change the world.

Who we support

We focus our support on the following thematic areas and industries.

Focus Areas:
  • Low carbon innovation
  • Resilient communities
  • Future of work.
  • Architecture, engineering, and construction
  • Product design and manufacturing
  • Media and entertainment.

Support we provide

Our grantees may be eligible to receive the following:

  • Risk-tolerant capital
  • Software donations through the Autodesk Technology Impact Program
  • Access to Autodesk Technology Centres
  • Employee and industry expertise.
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