Free graphic design software: Create with Canva for Nonprofits
For two years in my marketing role at ArcStone, I have used Canva almost daily. With the combination of free stock images and Canva, I create rock solid graphics for free in less than 20 minutes. Currently I use the free version of Canva as we already pay for the expensive Adobe suite. However, I have to admit, there are several times I’m jealous of the paid version features. The free version gives me all I need, but the paid version has features that could automate much of my design work.
Then I found out, it’s free for nonprofits!!! And I had to encourage you to take advantage of it.
Canva for Nonprofits Features
There’s so much available to you registered nonprofits, it’s crazy. Take a look:
The ones a nonprofit could definitely benefit from include:
- Infographic templates
- Social media headers
- Newsletter layouts
- Email invitations (for volunteers and donors)
- Graph and diagram generators
Free Design Templates
With “document types” you get access 8,000+ templates to start your design out. If you’ve been considering amping up the aesthetics of your social media, website or blog, now you have a way to do so without costing you anything but a few minutes.
Free Photo Editing Online
Rather than downloading a photo, opening up Photoshop, and then plugging the image into your design, you can do it all within Canva. They also have their own photo library which is pretty extensive.
Free Graph Generator
Nonprofits have a lot of reporting to do and drawing out graphs by hand can take forever. Right in Canva you can plugin a graph, chart or diagram.
Examples of nonprofits using Canva
How much money you save using Canva
Canva isn’t an expensive tool, but it can add up if used across a team. It’s $12.95 per month per user, so if just you, a coworker and an intern are using it, it’d be close to $500 per year. Besides that, the cost of a designer on staff or even outsourcing some of these designs is in the thousands.
In short: Canva is gifting nonprofits big time.
How to get Canva for free
Convinced this tool is going to benefit your team? All you need to do is set up an account here, then go over to their application page. Fill out their form and submit a document to prove your a 501c(3) status.
Good luck with all your designing! For more app and tool reviews, follow the ArcStone blog.