The Autodesk Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Autodesk, Inc., supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It uses grants and impact investments, donated Autodesk technology, and Autodesk employee volunteer hours to support non-profits and start-ups to scale innovations – advancing a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.
The investments are focused on Autodesk’s three impact opportunity areas: Energy and materials, Health and resilience, and Work and prosperity. Given the complexity of the issues addressed, there is often an overlap in impact outcomes across these impact opportunity areas.
This project aimed to promote how organizations in the Autodesk Foundation portfolio are using Autodesk software and talent to further their impact. It also sought to amplify the stories of portfolio organizations, inspire others to develop innovative solutions to global issues, and attract organizations to the Autodesk Foundation portfolio.
The Fellow uncovered how the Autodesk Foundation portfolio organizations are using Autodesk technology to create and scale impact outcomes. Complex information was distilled into story leads, and desk research was conducted before interviewing key stakeholders. The fellow also pitched stories to Autodesk outlets and, when applicable, wrote stories on the intersection of technology and impact outcomes. Finally, the fellow identified and reported on insights and trends about how Autodesk software is being used for impact.