Frequently asked questions

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Who can be part of 99nonprofits?

Our 99nonprofits program supports not-for-profit groups making a positive impact in their local communities and internationally. Applications are open to any organization granted not-for-profit status by the relevant local government, and demonstrating this status is part of the application process.

How does it work?

We give organizations accepted into 99nonprofits a free design contest in the category of their choice (logo design, t-shirt design, social media page design, etc.). Just as with any other 99designs contest, each organization creates a simple design brief, receives dozens of concepts from designers around the world, and ultimately selects (and retains legal copyright to) the design they like best. The difference here, though, is participating nonprofits pay nothing. We pay designers the same cash prize they’d win in a regular 99designs contest.
To learn more about running a design contest, we invite you to check out our Contest FAQs.

How do I apply?

Just fill out this short form. We’ll review your application and let you know our decision within 30 days. We typically select new 8-10 new participants at the beginning of each month, and Winners are awarded based on need and proven ability to overcome adversity. If you’re accepted, a dedicated 99nonprofits support team member will reach out to help you through each step of the contest process.

What is the deadline?

There isn’t one! We invite you to apply anytime. If you are accepted into the program, you will have 60 days to launch your design contest. So please apply only when you have an impending need for design work.

Which organizations have participated already?

We’ve hosted design contests for every imaginable type of nonprofit, from small local groups just starting out to large established international organizations.

Is there anything else I should know?

We’re so proud of the work our nonprofits are doing that we can’t help but share. Some participating organizations and the designs they receive through 99nonprofits may be featured on our website and in media campaigns.

What if I still need help?

What if I still need help? That’s what we’re here for. Just give us a call 1-800-513-1678 or contact us via email at