Canva: Free Design Resource

Posted on: October 18, 2018

From event invitations, to appeal letters, to social media content, aesthetics and design have a huge impact on your fundraising strategy!

As nonprofit organizations, we recognize that stewarding your time and resources well is of a HIGH premium. Working with a professional designer and/or marketing company has great value, and it is very important to have a consistent, branded, marketing strategy for your organization. However, utilizing complex design programs may not be a feasible option for your everyone (or every project!) within your organization! Maybe, alongside your graphic designer, you would like to equip additional team members to quickly create quality social media and marketing content, or personalized thank you notes in a time crunch!

We have found a helpful FREE design resource to share with you that might make your life just a little easier.

Canva: a FREE online design platform.

Canva is an intuitive, easy to use design platform that can help equip you to be more effective with the audience you are serving. You can utilize it to create almost any social media and print marketing materials your organization might need. Also, if you are a registered non-profit you can easily apply for access to the Premium version for free!

Getting Started!

Once you sign up, Canva has a handful of tutorials to help you get started! It is very user-friendly, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. To demonstrate what you can create, we utilized pre-existing postcard templates within Canva and quickly customized the text, colors, and graphics to create a sample #GivingTuesday announcement postcard:

Sample #GivingTuesday Postcard Side 1
Sample #GivingTuesday Postcard Side 2

Use Canva to Create:

Although Canva does provide a number of free images to work with when designing, you can also easily import additional images! Did you know there are multiple FREE stock image websites you can utilize? We like unsplash, and pexels.

Once you have finished your design and are ready to print, you can either print yourself OR utilize a professional printing company. One of our favorites is Print Runner. They currently offer free shipping for orders over $39. You can also request a free sample kit here.

Our heart at Ministry Sync is to see ministries and nonprofits succeed! When we come across a tool that we think might bless and empower YOUR organization, we just have to make sure you know about it.

We hope these tips help you and your organization continue to increase your reach and maximize the IMPACT you are making in your community!


Amanda Rappe 

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This article was inspired by our customers and written to encourage your fundraising efforts. Although we work with ministries and events daily, our team members are not Event Consultants. We encourage you to consult with your event consultant, executive team, and/or affiliate organization before making any major changes to your events. 

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