While many useful sites aim to bring together volunteers
with nonprofits in need of help, a recent trend seems to be toward job-specific matches. Technology and design help, in
particular, are becoming easier than ever for nonprofit organizations
to find. For cash-strapped organizations in a tough economy, this is a
bit of very good news indeed.
Here are two new sources for recruiting a designer or technology professional to help your nonprofit, pro bono, with a specific project:
Idealist.org has just introduced its Pro Bono Design Project, in cooperation with the Art Directors Club.
Nonprofit organizations can post their requests for the services of
This could include anything design-related, from a banner to a new brochure, a website re-design to a promotional video.... Once you post your listing, it will be visible on Idealist as a
volunteer opportunity. Then, ADC will reach out to designers all over
the world to get them involved.
For more information about how to post your listing
for the Pro Bono Design Project (or any other listing at Idealist.org),
see the FAQ on the site. Note that there is no deadline for listing —
and it’s free for nonprofit organizations, although there is a fee for
consultants to register and be listed in the consultants directory.
CodeKindness.org, an initiative of the Public Learning Media Labs,
aims to “mobilize technology professionals to contribute their skills
to nonprofits and other social causes.” Both nonprofits and volunteers
are invited to register at the site, and there is no charge for posting
your technology-support needs. Interestingly, the site is designed to
be self-sustaining through sales of T-shirts that nonprofits may choose to purchase to thank their volunteers.
Do you know of any other places online where nonprofits can connect with
professional designers, coders, or other professionals in the technology realm for pro bono help with specific
projects? Please share your links and suggestions in
the comments, below.