Do Pro-Bono Work for Charity Organizations – Graphic Design Tip #83
This post is a continuation of graphic design tip #83 in our article “101 Graphic Design Tips for Business Success.“
Help Charities By Your Design Talent
Keeping yourself grounded is an important part of being a happy designer. You can have a vital role in making a difference in your community just by offering your services. Volunteering your time and talents through pro-bono work can be an exhilarating exercise for your creativity. Often set with very limited budgets most charities have little or no design help with events and day-to-day operations. Some need a lot of help with their image in general as they have probably just have office staff working on their materials.
Pro-Bono Projects Gives You Sponsorship
This is a great way to do something good in the world, as well as get your name on a few pieces of print that can really help with publicity. Most pro-bono projects will offer you sponsorship in exchange for services. They could publish your name in their newsletter or promote you on their website. You could receive invitations to charitable auctions and races as well. These events are an excellent way to meet people with your same interests and passions. They are usually a lot of fun too!
Plan on giving back the next time you find a little wiggle room in your schedule. Make a list of local charities you would like to work with and contact them. They are usually friendly people and very appreciative of the help. Be prepared to make a commitment to them to see the project through. Keep track of your time and at completion of the project send them an invoice, as you would normally do for any other client. Only note that it is completed as a donation to that charity. This way they will be able to track your generosity in their records.