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Designing a Successful Partnership

A Step-by-Step Guide to Help Nonprofits and Foundations Work with Design Firms

Every nonprofit and foundation communication team needs design help from time to time, whether it’s a new website, an annual report, or just business cards. But it can be surprisingly hard to build a strong working relationship with a design partner from scratch.

We’re excited to share a new guide you can use to identify your project needs, choose a design partner, avoid potential pitfalls, and build a productive relationship by design.

We developed Designing a Successful Partnership: A Step by Step Guide to Help Nonprofits and Foundations Work With Design Firms in partnership with our longtime friend and designer Ian Delmonte, Creative Director at The Creative Industry.

Be sure to click the hyperlinked text throughout the guide, which will lead you to short video clips where you can hear more from Ian on topics like types of design, elements of brand, communicating your aesthetic preferences, defining the parameters of your project, and sharing useful feedback.

If we can help your organization facilitate a design project, please reach out – we’d love to work with you. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback and hope you find the guide to be a useful tool!