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Calling All Small Nonprofits With Big Ideas

by Debbie Atwood

Maine College of Art and the Maine Association of Nonprofits are partnering on a call for proposals for a fall 2017 class at MECA called Design for Good.

MANP members with 501(c)3 status and a budget of under $100,000 are invited to propose a design project to be executed by MECA graphic design students. Projects could include brochures, logos, or anything requiring graphic design (the proposal should not be about redesigning your website, however) and must be completed during the semester, between September 1 and December 1. There should be one point person responsible for approvals who agrees to participate in four meetings on campus.

The graphic design class is taught by faculty member Drew Hodges, the founder and former Creative Director of SpotCo, an advertising firm in New York City.

To Propose a Project

Briefly outline the following:

Scope of work: Define what you are looking for; sample projects include –

  1. logo design
  2. informational graphics for data
  3. a map
  4. a poster

Designer History: How have you handled graphic design needs in the past?

Budget for execution: If this is a print piece, what is your printing budget?

Name and title of point person: This person is responsible for gathering feedback from stakeholders within the organization and communicating with the designers.

Timeline: What deadlines are associated with this project?

Why: What problem are you trying to solve with design?

Jessica Tomlinson         Director of Artists at Work

Please send a proposal to Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work at Maine College of Art, at by July 15. A panel will review and select a limited number of proposals by August 1, with the first meeting taking place in mid-August. There is a participation fee of $100.

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