Philanthropy

Supporting innovators to design and make a better world for all

The Autodesk Foundation supports innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

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Bringing innovation to market

The Autodesk Foundation aligns its philanthropic offerings with design and engineering, investing in nonprofits and startups helping to de-risk innovation and bring industry-transforming solutions to scale. By facilitating a blend of funding, technical training, and expertise, the Autodesk Foundation can bring early-stage, transformative innovations to market to advance a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.

Impact

In fiscal year 2022, the Autodesk Foundation’s portfolio of nonprofits and startups received an aggregate of approximately $9.7 million in funding and achieved the following:

  • Ampaire’s electric aircraft in flight

    1.4 million+

    metric tons CO2e of GHG emissions reduced

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    29 million+

    individuals reached with resilient solutions in housing and infrastructure, energy access, agricultural productivity, and workforce development (cumulative since fiscal year 2020)

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  • The Industrial commons employees pose for a group photo

    14,900+

    people placed in new or improved jobs, including 13,400 (90%) with an annual income increase of $5,000 or more

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Catalytic capital for design and engineering solutions

The Autodesk Foundation uses grants and impact investments to fund organizations scaling innovative design and engineering solutions to climate change and inequality. We strive to catalyze the growth of the Autodesk Foundation's portfolio through a combination of financial capital and in-kind support.

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Impact in action

  • Buildings in Bogota, Colombia

    Build Change

    Scaling safe housing

    Autodesk software solutions are equipping Build Change to retrofit 650,000+ homes in Bogotá, Colombia to be earthquake-resistant.

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  • Kheyti greenhouse in India

    Kheyti

    Innovating low-cost solutions for farmers in India

    A team of Autodesk pro bono consultants worked with Indian start-up Kheyti to lower costs and installation times for its signature “Greenhouse-in-a-Box” product.

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  • Splash handwashing stations in Ethiopia

    Splash

    Scaling WASH solutions

    Catalytic funding from the Autodesk Foundation helped Splash International build a proof of concept for handwashing and drinking stations produced at scale.

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Technology to scale solutions

Technology can be a powerful force for good. The Autodesk Foundation connects their portfolio of nonprofits and startups with training and technology adoption services to help them scale their solutions faster. The Autodesk Foundation refers nonprofits and startups to Autodesk's Technology Impact Program, a corporate software donation program for nonprofits and startups using design for environmental or social good.

  • $9.7 million

    In fiscal year 2022, the Autodesk Foundation deployed approximately $9.7 million in grants and impact investments to a portfolio of nonprofits and startups catalyzing innovation.

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  • $41.3 million

    In fiscal year 2022, Autodesk donated $41.3 million in software licenses to more than 2,600 nonprofits and startups worldwide through its Technology Impact Program.

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Unique skills for a better world

An active network of hundreds of Autodesk employees contributes its unique skillsets to help imagine, design and make a better world. Autodesk employees work directly with the Autodesk Foundation portfolio on 1-on-1 pro bono consulting, team pro bono projects, and immersive pro bono consulting.

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