Design and Recycling with a Heart

Our mission is to transform nonprofit environments through design.

PBD is a volunteer network of design industry professionals. We renovate the interior environments of community service organizations and save tons of furniture from the landfill through creative reuse. Our work benefits thousands of under served Bay Area residents; at-risk youth, abused women, seniors, AIDS patients and homeless people, bringing them hope, inspiration and comfort.

Upcoming Events

Heartfelt 2020

Our annual fundraiser, Heartfelt, is a silent auction of art and objects created by some of Bay Area’s top architects and designers from Filzfelt remnants. We look forward to hosting this again in 2020. Stay tuned for details!

Meet Our Team

Our awesome team of volunteers are who make this thing run

Philanthropy By Design Board Members
Philanthropy By Design Board Members

Our Services

Delivered with quality, originality and care


Project Management

From the initial site visit through project completion, PBD’s design professionals manage the process; including interior design, space planning and product procurement.


Interior Design & Space Planning

PBD’s volunteer designers and architects transform uninviting, inefficient facilities into attractive, workable environments by promoting the benefits of quality design and creative reuse. These environments inspire, comfort and motivate -- improving the quality of people’s lives.



PBD is fortunate to have an array of talented artists within its volunteer ranks who can bring a sense of space and beauty to otherwise windowless, and/or institutional types of environments. Our artists and designers create original murals, many times with the assistance of the agency’s volunteers, that deliver a sense of openness and freedom to agency staff and clientele.


Color Consultation

Many PBD projects spring to life simply through the sensitive use of color. Our volunteers’ expertise in selecting colors for paint, wall finishes. laminates, carpet, etc. transform even the most challenging or budget-restricted environments.


Product Sourcing

PBD receives donated furnishings and accessories from a variety of sources, including companies that are moving, downsizing or renovating. In other cases, PBD receives donations from manufacturers who are redirecting overstocked or discontinued merchandise; or, from hotels that are updating their properties. Individual and designer donations are yet another valuable source. Thanks to the generosity of our partner, Service West, this inventory can often be warehoused, delivered and installed by their qualified personnel.

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What Our Clients Say

The residents LOVE the mural! Everyone is talking about it. I think it is a great addition. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Andrea Rey, Executive Director, Homeward Bound

On behalf of the Whistlestop Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and especially our participants, we want to thank so much for all your efforts in the transformation of our Transportation Building Call Center. You and your volunteer network and design professionals did an amazing job! Throughout the project, thank you for meeting with us several times, evaluating our needs, measured and designed the room, searched for furniture that would fit and talked to your vendors whom had considered donating to this cause. Not only did your team volunteer their incredible talents, but they did all this with amazing enthusiasm and support. Thank you!

We all share in the responsibility to ensure that Marin’s older adults and people living with disabilities have the opportunity to age with dignity, independence, and grace. Your generous support helps to make this possible.

Joe O'Hehir, Chief Executive Officer, Whistlestop

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