Five $5,000 grants have been awarded
Grant recipients have been announced for Aquent and Vitamin T’s second-annual Designing for Good. The program awards $5,000 design grants to five creative professionals who create proposals to use their skills in making a difference for a nonprofit organization of their choosing.
“Great design is a cornerstone of any successful marketing campaign, whether for a global corporation or a local pet shelter,” says Cheryl King, president of Aquent. “We’re proud to support the important work these designers are doing.”
This year’s recipients are:
- Becca Rand for World Care, which recycles and repurposes everything from wheelchairs to computers for people in need in her hometown of Tucson and around the world. Becca plans to develop a style guide, refresh print collateral, and create user-friendly Canva templates.
- Roberta Morris for Career Girls, a San Francisco-based organization that inspires girls to pursue STEM careers. Roberta will be building an app that lets girls create avatars, watch videos from role models in STEM careers, and learn the steps it takes to have the career of their dreams.
- Chris Ballasiotes for Northwest Adoption Exchange. This Seattle-based nonprofit helps youth in foster care connect with potential adoptive families through personal storytelling. Chris will be creating video templates, social media collateral, and marketing materials to help their stories stand out.
- Jacquie Cheek for City Heights Coffee Shop. A specialty tea and coffee house, this San Diego gathering place employs at-risk youth, giving them on-the-job training, life skills guidance, and job placement services. Jacquie plans to create a fundraising landing page, email templates, and social media campaign tools to help the organization meet its goal of graduating 32 participants each year.
- Keir Janey for Write Boston, which encourages writing and critical thinking for teens, many of whom are new to the United States. Her project will include creating a recruitment video for youth participants, sending students to a summer journalism camp, and supporting the design and artwork of one issue of Teens in Print, Boston’s only publication written by and for student journalists.
Grant recipients were chosen based on creativity, feasibility, and the potential to make the strongest impact for good. Four industry experts generously offered their time to judge: Marianne Dear of Wellcome, Gerry Scullion of Humana Design, Jason Pamental of Isovera, and Carla Silvey of BusinessBlocks.