Autodesk Foundation

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. We invest 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, we can bring early-stage, transformative innovations to market to advance a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.

Who we support

We align our capital with outcomes, supporting both nonprofit and for-profit entities around the world that are scaling design and engineering solutions.

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We collaborate with nonprofits all over the world to accelerate design and engineering solutions focused on health and resilience, energy and materials, and work and prosperity.

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We support early-stage startups with seed or Series A funding to de-risk and scale solutions focused on health and resilience, energy and materials, and work and prosperity.

How we help

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    We use grants and impact investments to fund organizations scaling innovative design and engineering solutions to climate change and inequality.

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    Thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators are using Autodesk’s design and make software for positive impact.

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    Autodesk employees work side by side with nonprofits and startups to imagine, design, and make a better world.

Our impact areas

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    Energy & Materials

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a decarbonized economy.

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    Health & Resilience

    Improving resilience in low-resource communities most vulnerable to climate change.

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    Work & Prosperity

    Preparing workers to thrive in the era of automation through equity-driven, human-centered solutions.

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Catalytic funding

“The Autodesk Foundation’s catalytic funding and technical support helped us prove we could manufacture a new product [a design-forward handwashing and drinking station]. Without that track record, we wouldn’t have had a proof of concept for new investors."

–Leslie Llado, Director of Global Infrastructure and Product Development, Splash

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  • Crisis response

    We leverage our unique expertise and perspective to respond to unexpected events that negatively affect our communities, customers, and employees globally.

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In fiscal year 2022, the Autodesk Foundation’s portfolio of nonprofits and startups achieved the following:

  • 1.4 million+ metric tons CO2e of GHG emissions reduced.
  • 29 million+ individuals reached with resilient solutions in housing and infrastructure, energy access, agricultural productivity, and workforce development (cumulative since fiscal year 2020).
  • 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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