Win Your Nonprofit a Complete Design Makeover

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Is your nonprofit ready to tell its story better and make its voice louder? You just might be ready for a complete design makeover.

And just in time: Chicago graphics firm Firebelly Design has opened the application process for Grant for Good for the 2017 calendar year.

This unique opportunity, launched by Firebelly founder Dawn Hancock to give back to the community, provides a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with one year of free communications consulting and design services.

At a recent meeting of the 501 Tech Club, hosted at The Chicago Community Trust, Firebelly’s Ali McDonald announced this transformative opportunity and provided nonprofits with information about how it can elevate their work.

Ali McDonald of Firebelly Design stands in front of a monitor displaying the Grant for Good logo
Ali McDonald of Firebelly Design announces the firm’s annual Grant for Good program: an opportunity for one Chicago-area nonprofit to win free design consulting services for one year.

Launched in 2003, Grant for Good provides a complete graphic design makeover. Design begins with people—so the process begins with conversation, diving deep to research and review the organization’s mission, goals and existing communications.

By the end of the year, the Grant for Good recipient receives a new visual identity system, website design and other strategic feedback.

What does it take to apply—and win?

  • You must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, or an organization with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
  • Your organization’s annual budget must be between $200,000 and $750,000.
  • Your organization must be based in the Chicago region. If you’re more than 50 miles outside the city, it is important that you can budget money for travel related to client meetings.
  • You must be ready to make a yearlong commitment to the process.
  • You must be able to commit resources. This includes staff time to participate, but also budget to cover materials costs of bringing the design to life, such as printing materials, website hosting and maintenance.

If this sounds like you, and you’re ready to apply, here’s how:

  • Visit to download the application form.
  • You’ll also submit a few supplementary materials, including samples of your existing design, and a one-minute video introducing your organization.
  • The application deadline is December 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Central time.

Based on a review of submitted applications, finalists will be selected and interviewed. The winning organization will be announced in late January 2017.


501 Tech Club is program of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. NTEN provides nonprofit professionals with technology trainings, research and a vibrant and supportive community.