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Sappi North America opens 2018 'Ideas that Matter' Call for entries

Published 18 May 2018

Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, announced the call for entries for its 2018 Ideas that Matter grant program, inviting designers to show the world how design – specifically print – can play an important role in changing lives for the better.

Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program 19 years ago to fund designers who apply their creative talents to causes that address significant issues facing our society.

For nearly two decades, Sappi has witnessed firsthand how the creative and integrated work of designers can change society. Sappi remains committed to the belief that good ideas inspire people to take action, and great ideas change the world.

Though many media choices are available, print is at the heart of influential and effective messaging and a perfect complement to promote positive social causes.

"I am continually impressed by the amazing projects that are submitted each year. Over the course of the Ideas that Matter program, Sappi has financed more than 500 charitable programs designed to better our lives, our communities and our planet," said Patti Groh, Director of Marketing Communications, Sappi North America. "From national nonprofits to local community initiatives, the breadth, quality and impact of projects we've supported have made a meaningful difference in people's lives across the globe. We're honored to annually provide support for the work of designers and nonprofits who aim to drive social change through design."

deas that Matter is the only grant program of its kind in the paper industry and is a key part of Sappi's corporate social responsibility efforts. Since 1999, the program has provided $13 million to support causes that change lives, communities, and ultimately, the planet.

The 2017 winners included Studio Usher for ProPublica; Smokefire Media for Center for Neighborhood Leadership; Jewel Clark for Creative Reaction Lab; The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); Urban Minds for 8 80 Cities; IDEO.org; Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design for Riverside Art Center/Fly; Re-nourish for Prosperity Gardens, Inc.; Gala Narezo and Chantal Fischzang for Mawuni; and Dress Code for Vera Institute of Justice (VERA).

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services.

Source: Company Press Release