Eligibility guidelines

Please refer to the information below to know about our eligibility guidelines for our Nonprofit Program.

Organizations that DO NOT qualify for Canva’s Nonprofit Program

  • Organizations that do not have a 501(c)3 designation, but rather a 501(c)4, 501(c)6 or other nonprofit status, do not qualify.
  • K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Acceptable exceptions include independent charter schools. Please see our Canva for Education offer.
  • Commerce and trade associations without charitable aims or activities benefiting non-members
  • Political and labor organizations
  • Individuals

Organizations that DO qualify for Canva’s Nonprofit Program

  1. Registered nonprofits
  2. Social impact organizations with a mission consistent with a public or community benefit
  3. Public health organisations, and government entities assisting with public health

Required documentation

Note: Documentation required varies based on your organisation type.

1. Registered nonprofit organizations (on a per country basis)

UNITED STATES
  • Public health organisations, and government entities assisting with public health (at the discretion of Canva)
  • Organizations under group exemption (ie. Churches) must still obtain recognition of 501(c)(3) tax exemption from the IRS.
CANADA
  • Canadian Charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Canadian Federal Non-profits registered with Industry Canada
  • Canadian Federal Non-profits registered with Industry Canada
ARGENTINA
  • Association/Foundation Registration Certificate from Ministry of Justice (IGJ Reg)
  • Civil/simple Certification of Registration from Administracion Federal De Ingreos Publicos, Human Rights Cert – CN number
AUSTRALIA
  • Charities registered with the Australian Charities and Nonprofits Commission (ACNC)
  • Income tax exempt not-for-profit organizations as defined by the ATO.
AUSTRIA
  • Koerperschaften des oeffentlichen Rechts, Verein, Stiftung öffentliches Recht, Stifung kirchliches Recht, treuhänderische Stiftung, gGmbH, gAG, gUG, gemeinnützige genossenschaften (gGen), or Koerperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts (KdÖR).
BANGLADESH
  • Registered with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare as a Social Development Organisation
BELGIUM
  • Certificate of Registration; Cabinet of Belgium – Dutch: Vereniging Zonder Winstoogmerk (VZW), Certificate of Registration; Moniteur Belge – ASBL Association sans but lucratif, Articles and Memorandum of Association
BERMUDA
  • Tax Exempt Registration from Registrar General, NPO Certificate of Registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association
BOLIVIA
  • NPO Registration Certificate from Director General del Registro de Asocaciones y or Certificate of Foundation Registration from Fundaciones Sins Fines de Lucro
BOSNIA AND HERSGOVINA
  • Minister of Justice, NPO/Association Registration Certificate, Articles and Memorandum of Association
BOTSWANA
  • Registered societies/non-profit organizations (NPOs), companies pursuing activities described in Section 31 of the Companies Act, 2007, as amended, or trusts operating on a non-profit basis for the public benefit.
BRAZIL
  • Registration Certificate for Associations, Foundations, PBO from Ministry of Justice/Interior
BULGARIA
  • Non-profit legal entities in public benefit (юридически лица с нестопанска цел за общественополезна дейност) registered in the Central Registry of Public Benefit Organizations maintained by the Ministry of Justice.
BURKINA FASO
  • Certificate of Registration as NPO/NGO, Articles and Memorandum of Association
CAMEROON
  • Certificate of Registration as NPO/NGO from Council of Ministries, Articles and Memorandum of Association
CHILE
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Ministry of Justice/Interior
COLOMBIA
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Chambers of Commerce
COSTA RICA
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Ministry of Justice/Interior
CYPRUS
  • Certificate of Registration as NPO/NGO, Articles and Memorandum of Association
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Certification of Registration as Foundation, Endowment from Foundation Register, Articles and Memorandum of Association
DENMARK
  • Associations (foreninger), foundations (stiftelser), institutions (institutioner), or religious communities (religiøse samfund) approved by the Ministry of Taxation
ECUADOR
  • Certificate of Social” Charitable Registration number from IRS
EGYPT
  • Certificate of Registration as NGO, Articles and Memorandum of Association
ESTONIA
  • Certificate of Registration from Country Courts, Articles and Memorandum of Association
FINLAND
  • Non-profit associations (rekisteröity yhdistys), foundations (säätiöt), or religious communities (uskonnollinen yhdyskunta) registered with the National Board of Patents and Registrations.
FRANCE
  • Nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations established pursuant to association loi 1901 or fondation loi 1987 and registered in the “Journal Officiel des Associations” or any other French legal publication.
GERMANY
  • Associations, Foundations, or other non-profit legal entities that possess public benefit (Gemeinnützigkeit), charitable (Mildtaetigkeit), or Religious (Kirchliche) status and/or are operating on a non-profit basis for the public benefit.
GHANA
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Registrar General’s Department, Articles and Memorandum of Association
GREECE
  • Certificate of Registration as NPO/NGO from Ministry of Finance, Official Government Journal, Articles and Memorandum of Association
GUATEMALA
  • Certificate of NPO/NGO Registration from local Government
GUYANA
  • Certificate of NPO/NGO Registration from local Government
HONDURAS
  • Registration Certificate for Associations, Foundations, PBO from Ministry of Justice/Interior
HONG KONG
  • Nonprofit, non-governmental organizations or trusts established by deed or otherwise and approved as charitable by the Inland Revenue Department under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.
HUNGARY
  • NPO Certificate of Registration from Competent Registration Court, Articles and Memorandum of Association
INDIA
  • Registration Certificate of Trust or Society
INDONESIA
  • Foundations (Yayasan) or associations (Perkumpulan) approved as legal entities by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights
IRELAND
  • CHY number from Revenue, Articles and Memorandum of Association
ISRAEL
  • ‘AMUTA’ number from State of Israel Registrar, Certificate of NPO Registration
ITALY
  • Certificate of Registration as ‘Onlus’ or Cooperative Sociale Legal Registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association
JAMAICA
  • Certificate of NGO Registration “TRN” Number from Ministry of Finance
JAPAN
  • Specified Nonprofit Activity Corporations (NPOs) certified by the prefectural government or Cabinet Office
  • Social Welfare Corporations registered with the prefectural government and/or the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Public Interest Associations and Foundations authorized by the Public Interest Commission; orGeneral Incorporated Associations (nonprofit type) operating on a non-profit basis for the public benefit.
JORDAN
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Ministry of Social Development, Articles and Memorandum of Association (translated)
KAZAKHSTAN
  • NPO Registration Certificate from Minister of Justice, Articles and Memorandum of Association
KENYA
  • NGO Registration Certificate from Kenya Government, Articles and Memorandum of Association
KOREA
  • Registered Certification as Association, Foundation, NPO with local Government
LATVIA
  • Registration Certificate of Foundation from State Register
LITHUANIA
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from local Government
LUXEMBOURG
  • Registered nonprofit associations (associations sans but lucratif – ASBL) or foundations (fondations).
MALAYSIA
  • Articles of Association, Registered with Registry of Societies (ROS), Tax Exempt Registered under Income Tax Law
MALTA
  • Registered as Tax Exempt by Ministry of Finance
MEXICO
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Ministry of Justice or Taxpayers Registry, Registration as Civil Society/Association from Public Administration or Federal Registry
MOLDOVA
  • NPO/NGO Registration Certificate from Ministry of Justice, Articles and Memorandum of Association
MOROCCO
  • Articles and Memorandum of Association (Translated to English)
NAMIBIA
  • NGO Registration Certificate from Local Companies Registration Office
NETHERLANDS
  • Nonprofit or non-governmental organizations with Public Benefit Organization (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling – ANBI)
  • Institution Promoting Social Welfare (Sociaal Beland Behartigende Instelling – SBBI) tax exempt status
  • Foundations (stichtingen) or associations (verenigingen) pursuing public benefit activities; or churches or other religious organizations (kerkgenootschappen en hun zelfstandige onderdelen).
NEW ZEALAND
  • Nonprofit or non-governmental organizations listed on the Charities Commission Register.
NICARAGUA
  • Certificate of NPO, Social Benefit Org, Civil Society Org from Junta de Asistencia Privada, Juntas de Beneficencia Privada or Indesol
NIGERIA
  • Certificate of NGO Registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association
NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Registered as Tax Exempt, XO/XN/XR Number from HMRC
NORWAY
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Local Government
PAKISTAN
  • Tax exemption Act, Approved by the Office of Commissioner of Inland Revenue
PALESTINE AUTHORITY
  • Certificate of Interiors registration from Palestine National Authority Ministry
PANAMA
  • Certificate of NPO Registration, Civil Association from Ministry of Justice, Federal Registry
PARAGUAY
  • Certificate of NPO Registration, Civil from Ministry of Justice/Interior
PERU
  • Certificate of NPO Registration from Ministry of Justice/Interior, Tax exempt
PHILIPPINES
  • Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and able to specify non-stock, non-profit status through governing documents, a certificate of tax exemption issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and/or accreditation by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC).
POLAND
  • Public Benefit Organizations (Organizacja Pożytku Publicznego), foundations, or associations registered in the National Court Register (Krajowy Rejestr Sądowy – KRS) maintained by the Ministry of Justice.
PORTUGAL
  • Registration card of “Pessoa Colectiva”, Registration Certification from Ministry of Finance
PUERTO RICO
  • Tax Exempt Registration from Department of the Treasury, NPO Certificate of Registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association
ROMANIA
  • Organizations must be registered as associations, foundations, federations, or religious associations, and operating on a nonprofit basis for the public benefit.
RUSSIA
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Ministry of Taxes, Law on legal entities registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association (translated)
RWANDA
  • Certificate of Registration from National Security Service or as NGO from Rwanda Directorate, Articles and Memorandum of Association
SAN SALVADOR
  • Tax Exempt Registration from Department of the Treasury, NPO Certificate of Registration, Articles and Memorandum of Association
SCOTLAND
  • Registered associations or foundations established under Article 15(1) of the Legal Entity Profit Tax Law.
SERBIA
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations registered with the Commissioner of Charities and/or holding Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.
SINGAPORE
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Department of Social Development, Articles and Memorandum of Association, Certificate of Incorporation of a Company not having a share capital
SOUTH AFRICA
  • Associations, foundations, or cooperatives with tax-deductibility registered with the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Culture, Education, and Sports.
SPAIN
  • Certificate of Charity Registration “SCXXXXX” number from Office of Scottish Charity regulator, Articles and Memorandum of Association
SWEDEN
  • Associations, foundations, or religious communities eligible for income tax exemption under Chapter 7 of the Income Tax Act and/or operating on a nonprofit basis for the public benefit.
SWITZERLAND
  • Certificate of NPO Registration, “Gemeinnuetzigkeit”, “Stiftung”, CH number
TAIWAN
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations possessing a Notarized Certificate of Legal Entity and licensed by a department of the Central Government; or local organizations licensed by the relevant regional city or county government.
THAILAND
  • Registered with the Office of the National Cultural Affairs Commission in Thailand, under the Ministry of Culture, Articles of Association
TURKEY
  • Certificate of NPO or Public Benefit Organisation Registration from Council of Ministries, Articles and Memorandum of Association
UGANDA
  • NGO Registration Statue 1989, NGO Registration from Commisioner, Articles and Memorandum of Association
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Local Government
UNITED KINGDOM
  • Charity Registration Number from Charity Commission, CIC Registration Number from CIC Regulator, Articles and Memorandum of Association
URUGUAY
  • Registration Certificate of Civil Associations, Registered as Tax Exempt from Local Government
VENEZUELA
  • Registration Certificate of Civil Associations, Registered as Tax Exempt from local Government
VIETNAM
  • Registered Associations, Foundations Legal Status (Decree 45 (2010) for associations, and Decree 148 (2007) for social and charitable funds), or notification (Decree 151 (2007)on cooperatives
ZIMBABWE
  • Certificate of NGO Registration from Local Government, Articles and Memorandum of Association

2. Social impact organizations with a mission consistent with a public or community benefit

  • Governing documentation that states your mission and how all your activities are focused on achieving this mission.
  • "Mission consistent with a public or community benefit" means a social, environmental, cultural or economic mission that aims to tackle social problems by improving communities, people’s life chances or the environment.
IF YOUR ORGANISATION DOES NOT MAKE A PROFIT
  • The governing documents of your organisation must clearly spell out your mission and show that all your activities are focused on achieving this mission (rather than creating a profit).
IF YOUR ORGANISATION DOES MAKE A PROFIT
  • The governing documents of your organisation must clearly spell out your mission and show that all your activities are focused on achieving this mission (rather than solely creating a profit).
  • Your organisation also needs to show proof in financial documentation that it reinvests the majority of any profit it makes into achieving it's public or community mission.

3. Public health organisations, and government entities assisting with public health

  • You need to show evidence of your public health status - determination of which is at the discretion of Canva.