Pro Bono Work

Pro bono is defined in RGD’s book, The Business of Graphic Design: A Professional’s Handbook, as: “The donation of a person’s time or expertise at no charge generally conducted for charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, educational and other non-profit organizations.”


The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is pleased to provide this guide for graphic designers to assist in the process of working with non-profit organizations on pro bono communications projects.


Click here to download a PDF of 'A Graphic Designer's Guide to Pro Bono Work'

Significant environmental, social and cultural challenges grip our world. Designers have the ability to contribute their skills and make a difference. One way for designers to help is to offer services free of charge to non-profit, charitable and grassroots organizations. This simple guide outlines some of the benefits and challenges that designers should consider when taking on pro bono projects.


Thank you to RGD's VP of Ethics, Jenn Taback RGD, her team at Design de Plume, and Provisional RGD Mat Chambers for the pdf design (and illustrations).


If you have questions contact Hilary Ashworth, by email at  or by phone at 1 888 274 3668 x 23 (in Toronto: 416 367 8819).