Giving versus getting:

Altruism is alive and well at i.d.o. Incorporated…. For many design firms finding ways to balance pro-bono or low-fee work with commercially based work is a common practice. Some firms set percentages saying that they will never go over 10 percent pro bono at anytime; while others subsidize low-fee work with other client relationships which typically pay a higher fee. At i.d.o. we have discovered when we combine our fee based work with each associates desire to make contributions which support our community, the results proved amazing. With this year’s support from our Clients and many business partners, mixing our commercial fee based work with our pro-bono work helped to stabilize our practice and at the same time allowed our associates to contribute their time and talent to our community. In 2009, i.d.o. has through in-kind services, individual volunteer opportunities and contributions, been afforded opportunities to serve and support numerous organizations. We have been able to actively support and serve the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Boner Community Center Legacy 2012 Housing Project, East 10th Street Civic Association, Architects for Humanity, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indianapolis Zoo, and Cristo Rey High School to name a few. We pledge to continue our support for these organizations and we look forward to adding new efforts to our list in 2010. We acknowledge our ability to serve our community is based upon our ability to serve and support you. This is why we also want to hear from you. Especially if you have suggestions on how we may enhance our services. Feedback from those we serve would truly be considered a “GIFT” and will help us continue to develop and improve the quality of service we strive to deliver you; our Clients, Business Partners and Our Community. With that, we send a “HUGE” THANK YOU, for the opportunities provided us in 2009 and look forward to opportunities to expand upon our existing relationships as well as develop new relationships in the New Year of 2010. Submitted by: Jill Mendoza

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