Many nonprofits work with small design teams. They may have one person running the entire design operation or even just a freelance contributor taking care of their visual content.
That’s why templates can be so important. Templates help nonprofits create quick, efficient, and high-quality designs. They let them join conversations in real time and share relevant assets with advocates. If you’re running a peer-to-peer campaign, for example, you may want to make sure your supporters have the right branding to represent your company, but also the freedom to customize the content for their own networks.
For some nonprofits, like the International Rescue Committee, rapid response design can also drive political change and awareness around hot-button issues.
“When there is a breaking emergency and it’s all hands on deck, we will make use of a template,” said Alexandra Nowacki, Senior Officer of User Experience Design for the IRC. “The importance of being really reactive on social channels and our website to current events can make all the difference to being part of the conversation and advocating for our mission.”
No matter what your designs needs – infographics, logos, social media graphics, or quarterly reports – here are nine design templates nonprofits can use right now to engage their audiences.
Infographics are 30x more likely to be read than text articles. They’re visually engaging, easy to share, and especially beneficial for nonprofits, which often have to break down complex issues and quickly create an emotional connection with their audiences.
With the Donation Charity Infographic, nonprofits can empower supporters to donate their time, resources, and money for a good cause. They can either repurpose this information or start from scratch. Some nonprofits, for instance, may already have these points outlined on their website or in a blog post. But by putting them an infographic, they can more effectively help their audiences digest and share this content across the web.
Take charity: water, a nonprofit that released this infographic to celebrate 11 years of providing clean water to millions of people in need. Instead of just writing, “Thanks for helping us reach 7 million people!” or drafting a long blog post about the nonprofit’s history, the designers created a timeline to showcase charity: water’s progression.
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The Green Formal Charity Letterhead template can be modified to fit any nonprofit. Simply choose your color palette, insert your logo, and complete your design. It provides the perfect way to add a professional touch to your correspondences – both digital and in print. It also helps keep your brand name and image front and center, so you can continue to share your mission and catch the attention of those who matter most to your nonprofit.
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A quick and simple nonprofit logo can help keep your organization top of mind and looking sharp. This Simple Community Nonprofit Logo template, for example, will allow you to put your stamp on any design asset or piece of content. You can also share these logos with your supporters by placing them in downloadable campaigner toolkits, like Pencils of Promise does.
With these resources, Pencils of Promise makes it as easy as possible for supporters to share their campaigns with friends and family, raise funds, and update their networks as they near their campaign goal.
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If you need volunteers and you need them quickly, it’s best to have a template on hand that you can download and print within minutes. This Red and White Volunteer Flyer template lets you do just that. Even if you’re not looking for volunteers, you can import your own images and change the call to action so it suits your nonprofit’s goal. The important thing is that you get the word out and use a high-quality design to showcase your organization and its mission.
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Whether you’re hosting an in-person party or a digital event on social media, you need the right invitation to let attendees know about the big day. And the Gold Ornate Circle Event Invitation template can lay the perfect foundation for your nonprofit’s design. You can either plug in your information and download it right away, or customize the colors, font, and images to suit your brand.
LA-based nonprofit the Goldhirsh Foundation, for example, hosted a Twitter party to discuss how LA residents can help protect the coastline and revitalize waterways. They created original Twitter graphics to promote the event and encourage people to participate.
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It’s important not just to ask your supporters for help, but also to properly thank them when they contribute their time or resources to your cause. The Contribution Certificate provides a great way to show people that you care and appreciate them. It can either be used as a digital asset that donors can download or as a print asset that you can mail or distribute at events.
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Nonprofits have to hold themselves accountable to their donors. This often requires being completely transparent about what their funds are used for, their progress towards reaching their goals, and what still needs to be done in their field of work. To convey this information, many nonprofits release annual or quarterly reports.
Gathering all of the data is the hard part. Designing the actual report should be easy. And it can be with templates like Turquoise Modern Annual Report. It has all of the icons, illustrations, and layouts you need to clearly break down complex information and make it shareable internally and externally.
The nonprofit Human Rights Campaign, for instance, created the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which produces research reports to “increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.” Just look at The Corporate Equality Index, which looked at the hiring practices of Fortune 500 companies, and ranked them by how LGBTQ-friendly they are.
“The reports are so data-heavy,” said Robert Villaflor, Senior Design Director for the HRC. “And our foundation really understood the value of design and started working closely with my team to have them be more accessible and user-friendly.”
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Event design doesn’t end with just invitations and party banners. You can also add some flair to your big fundraiser with custom tickets. They’ll bring a professional touch to your event and can even act as a keepsake for your guests and donors. Just look at the Minimalist Party Ticket template. It has a sleek design that includes all the necessary information for your party, including a tear-off “Admit One” portion for when people enter your big gathering.
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Quotes are all the rage on Instagram. They let people share short bursts of text in a visually engaging way. That’s why this Inspiring Quote Instagram Post template can come in handy for nonprofits. With just a few clicks, you can create your own uplifting post that stops Instagram users in their feeds.
Take the IRC, which frequently posts quotes from refugees that they’re helping, or even famous refugees like Albert Einstein.
As Nowacki said, “We cover vulnerable people suffering in unimaginable situations thousands of miles removed from our donors and supporter. We urgently need to break through these barriers to empathy. That is what design helps us do.”
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Nonprofits work hard to garner support and create change for communities in need around the world. Many know they need great design to engage their audiences and generate awareness, but they just have the time or resources to create new assets for every campaign.
Templates remove that burden, providing a ready-to-use foundation for building high-quality content that can be downloaded, shared, and printed immediately. So whether you’re looking to create letterheads, flyers, invitations, or Instagram posts, consider using templates to make your job easier and produce eye-catching designs your supporters will be proud to share.