How to give back as a designer?

What are some places or areas where one could donate graphic design services for the greater good?

I don’t really mean local not for profit organization, but more on a regional, national, or global scale. Local non-profits are often a specialized thing for a specialized (not always “needy” group).

I know I could hit my local Goodwill/Salvation Army and offer to volunteer my time. However, that would just be my physical presence not my expertise. I’m curious if there’s a way to donate design services to large caregiving organizations. Something that would assist a global community rather than the company themselves.

Do you donate? How?

Answer

I’ve helped a few organizations – some were ongoing, others were one off tasks.

Most of the organizations were from Idealist.org

The issue was complete lack of organization:

One organization posted looking for someone to design and send out their newsletter. They tell me they’re interested and would be in touch. Next thing I know they’re telling me I’m supposed to write all of it with no direction. I email them the job posting explaining that I can help design, distribute, list management but not writing. Told me she had the job posting confused, I guess they had two, and would get back in touch with me. Never heard from them again despite a few attempts to follow-up.

Another organization I was helping for a few months had regular face-to-face meetings. Most of the volunteers were either out of work or in college. They consistently changed the schedule at the last minute. Working full time and having other obligations I couldn’t keep rearranging my life like that. The final straw was when I gathered some email addresses at a fundraiser I organizaed, asked the President if I should take care of them, she said she would and then she lost the list.

I’ve given up on the donate side. If I’m going to offer my services for free they could at least show some follow-through. I’d add that its the same if a friend / coworker / acquaintance asks for my help. I’m happy to help, but I’m not going to continue to email over and over to complete a project I’m not getting compensated for when the people running the organization don’t even seem to care.

If you want to give it a shot though Idealist.org is the place to look.

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