OTTAWA, ON --(Marketwired - December 07, 2016) - The GDC Foundation's 2016 Get Behind Design Campaign launched this week with the hope that the fund will pass the $50,000 mark this year. The Foundation has awarded $3,000 in supported scholarships for students since 2012, and, in the future, will also support design research, and a benevolent fund to offer short-term financial assistance to designers experiencing a career-challenging difficulty.

Adding to the excitement of the campaign this year, donors to the GDC Foundation will be entered in a draw for some major prizes! Deadline for donations is midnight December 31.

High value prizes for donations of $200 or more include: two admissions to the World Design Summit, a Big Ticket to the How Design Conference, admission to the 2017 Brand New Conference plus videos, and Blair Enn's one-year Win Without Pitching Self-Guided Training Program. For donations under $200: One year of Skillshare Premium, gifts from Riding the Pine, Kit Hinrichs, Debbie Millman,, A Book Apart,, as well as subscriptions to Eye, Communication Arts and Uppercase Magazines, and more!

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About the GDC Foundation
The GDC Foundation is building a fund to support design research and education, scholarships for students and professionals, and a benevolent fund to offer short-term financial assistance to designers experiencing a career-challenging difficulty.

The GDC Foundation is supported by donations from designers, sponsors and friends in the industry and is helping students through two supported scholarships. When the fund is grown, it will also provide grants for special projects such as work that expands the knowledge base for design in Canada and preserves design history.

Since 1956, GDC® has been Canada's national certification body for graphic and communication design professionals. GDC® licenses the unique CGD™ certification mark to members whose services meet or exceed nationally standardized criteria. The CGD™ certification mark is recognized across Canada as the mark of professional services and ethical business conduct. Through the media, publications, seminars, events, conferences and exhibits, the GDC® builds awareness of graphic design and its essential role in business and society. With nine Chapters throughout the country, the GDC® allows designers to remain aware of changes and trends impacting the profession both regionally and nationally.

Contact Information:


Peggy Cady FGDC, CGD
GDC Foundation Committee Chair
Graphic Designers of Canada
CELL: +1 250-386-6215

Melanie MacDonald
Executive Director
Graphic Designers of Canada
OFFICE: +1 613-567-5400