by Livy Traczyk It has been said time and time again that Minnesotans are a philanthropic people and designers are no exception. For the first time ever, interior designers, architects, and design students have the opportunity to design for a cause, at zero cost to them or to the local charity of their choice, with the International Design Guild’s Design for a Difference contest. Those familiar with famed designer and IDG spokesperson Mark Brunetz, know that pro-bono work is part of his professional portfolio. Brunetz designates one month a year to doing charity work in L.A., and now he's bringing his passion to one lucky design professional or design student. The winning designer will not only receive $20,000 in retail goods and services from IDG, but he or she will personally collaborate with Mark Brunetz on the nominated project. A professionally produced video will also be provided to the winner and the winning charity for promotional use of the work. In addition to the first place winner, four other regional designers will win $2,500 to put toward their proposed revitalization plan. Kathleen Callahan, Design for a Difference program manager told Mpls.St.Paul Home, “We wanted to come up with an initiative that would help differentiate designers within their community and partner them with our [IDG] showrooms. A lot of them are doing pro-bono work anyway, but there’s never been a contest to get funded.” There are some 80 IDG showrooms throughout the country; Intersource, Inc. at the International Market Square is one of them. Minnesota designers are invited to Intersource’s launch event on Thursday, April 11, at the IMS. There will be a free CEU presentation at 9 a.m. and more contest details available starting at 10 a.m. For more information, watch Mark Brunetz’s video below, or stop by the launch event next week!