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A full-service design & gift enterprise where professional designers collaborate with creative homeless youth to create extraordinary outcomes.

Graphic Design
Appreciate Design Team

As seen in:

centerpieces, give-aways
wedding favors

The Appreciate Design team has created unique centerpieces, give-aways and wedding favors. The centerpieces are designed using premium dried flowers, candles & ribbon. Our distinctive give-aways are packed in elegant metal tins with a custom designed label that features your event, date and graphics. In recent months, we have designed centerpieces and gift bags for the Social Capitalist of the Year Awards, centerpieces for the Most Powerful Women in Business conference (hosted by Fortune magazine) and wedding favors and welcome gift baskets for a variety of private weddings.



Graphic Design
Stationery, Invitations,
Programs, Conference Packages

The Appreciate Design team has created unique invitations, conference packages, programs and stationery for corporations, museums, nonprofit organizations, conferences and special events. We employ an artistic homeless youth on each graphic design project—so our creations are both distinctive in look & feel and employ a unique design process. Our recent clients have included the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Norcal DJMPA & ESI Design.




organic gifts & baskets
custom & corporate orders

At Appreciate Design, we offer you a full line of custom gifts and goody bags for your conference, wedding or corporate event. We fill our unique gift boxes, bags and our signature gift nests with a selection of premium coffee, tea, chocolate, gourmet natural foods, wine & beer, wellness products from socially responsible brands alongside items that have been donated for the event. Every gift comes with a custom tag with our organization's story and a personalized message from you.




Appreciate Design Team

Taz Tagore-Design Principal

TAZ TAGORE is a designer, author and social entrepreneur. Her design experience spans the fashion, product, theater and museum sectors.  In addition to her design experience, she was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, an investment banker on Wall Street and led the Sales/Marketing team at Edwin Schlossberg's design firm (ESI Design). Throughout her diverse career, Tagore volunteered at homeless shelters in the U.S., Canada and at Mother Theresa's hospice in Calcutta, India.  She co-founded the Reciprocity Foundation and the Appreciate Network in 2004 to provide mentorship, job training and employment to homeless youth. She has been featured on ABC-News and in notable publications such as the New York Times, Daily News, Metropolis, Yoga Journal, Breathe. Fit Yoga, the Globe & Mail and the New York Post.

Ron McBain-Design Principal

RON MCBAIN is a graphic designer, painter and accomplished sailor with nearly 20 years of experience designing graphics for the food & beverage industry, museums, events, retail environments & public spaces.  Ron began his career at Hanson Associates in Philadelphia and later spent 13 years as a senior graphic designer for ESI Design.  Ron is a graduate of The University of the Arts.

Sabine Phineus-Design Intern

SABINE PHINEUS is a junior at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn and has been part of the Reciprocity Foundation design mentorship program since 2005. She worked in the silk-screening studio operated by Covenant House and has recited her original poetry at a recent United Nations World Day of Peace celebration.

Bismark German-Design Intern

BISMARK GERMAN is a self-taught fashion and interior designer and has been part of the Reciprocity Foundation design mentorship program since 2005. He is an intern at Michael Simon's design studio and has held positions at retailers such as Banana Republic.  He is completing his GED and applying to the Fashion Institute of Technology.