Capital projects often bring lasting benefits to nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. In the United States alone, foundations grant more than $3 billion per year to construct or improve buildings. To help these funders and their nonprofit partners make the most of capital projects, The Atlantic Philanthropies and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation commissioned Purpose Built -- a multi-faceted study by MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture and research firm. In 2015 and 2016, MASS conducted interviews, held workshops, reviewed literature, and examined a diverse set of complete projects around the world. Each project was supported by one of the above funders.
Videos detailing various aspects of Purpose Built projects that are captured in the Purpose Built Case Study series, can be accessed on Mass Design Group's website.