Introducing 99nonprofits! [Updated April 2014]


99designs has supported not-for-profit organizations around the world since our launch in 2008, and in July 2012 we announced a new, formal initiative: 99nonprofits. We initially set out to give free design contests to 99 organizations, but in the summer of 2013 we surpassed that number – and nearly two years later, we still have no plans to stop!

Organizations selected to participate in 99nonprofits receive free graphic design services such as logo design, web page design, t-shirt design and print design through contests launched to our global community of more than 290,000 graphic designers. Winning designers  receive full prize awards, and the organizations and their winning designs may be featured on our website.

Who qualifies?

Organizations must be registered as not-for-profit per the appropriate local governmental authorities and will be asked to provide proof of this status. 99designs supports organizations making a positive impact in their local communities and internationally. To see some of the design work 99nonprofits participants have received, you can check out this blog post.

How do I apply?

To be considered for a full fee waiver, please complete this short application form. You can expect to hear back from us within one month, and if you are accepted into the 99nonprofits program we will provide additional details along with dedicated customer support.

What is the deadline?

There is no deadline to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and we choose new participants at the beginning of each month. If you have an upcoming event for which you have specific design needs, you can indicate this on the application form and we will take your own deadline into consideration.

What are my chances of being chosen?

We typically select about eight organizations each month to take part in 99nonprofits; unfortunately this means we are unable to assist everyone that applies. To date we’ve accepted more than 160 nonprofits into the program, drawing from an application pool of more than 500 organizations in 35 countries. As a truly global company – our graphic designers and customers live in more than 190 countries – we aim to support a wide diversity of organizations in terms of both geography and purpose.

How does the contest process work?

Watch the informational video on our homepage and see our FAQ page to learn more about the 99designs model. Still have questions? Please call the telephone number listed on our homepage or shoot us an email at

Will the winning designer be paid?

Yes. Winning designers will receive full prize awards paid for by 99designs.

What kind of organizations have participated to date?

We’ve run contests for every imaginable type of nonprofit, from small local organizations just launching to large established international organizations. You can see the great designs some of our most recent participants have received here, and enter “99nonprofits” in the search bar at the top of our Customer Blog to read additional posts featuring participants.

Is there anything else I should know upfront?

Participating organizations may be featured on our website and in social media campaigns.

What causes has 99designs supported?

Some of our community outreach efforts have included:



  1. Doie

    Great Team! Keep up the good work!

    Reply July 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  2. Reply July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    • Lauren

      Thank *you*! We’re so glad Greenbelt Alliance is a part of 99nonprofits!

      Reply July 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm
  3. Linary Kingdon

    This looks like a fabulous idea!! I will read more and most likely apply. Thank you for your generosity.

    Reply July 18, 2012 at 4:48 am
  4. Pavilionka

    It’s fantastic! I hope that NGO from Czech Republic has a chance :)

    Reply August 10, 2012 at 12:59 am
  5. Ben Teoh

    Great initiative. We’ll help put the word out.

    Reply December 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    • Lauren

      Thanks so much! :)

      Reply December 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm
  6. Carrie

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply January 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  7. payso nlee

    rather good!

    Reply January 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm
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    Reply January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  9. Sunil

    Wow!! watta platform for designers!! i jus read most part of this website, thnx u doin a great job.. i love 2 b a part, i mean i m also a designer who keep myself busy with the softwares which help me 2 design n also helps 2 do the imaginary things.. creativity is my passion, learning is my u n thankyou 99designs team.

    ..frm: Sunil- India

    Reply February 10, 2013 at 7:01 am
  10. perfectseven

    can we have a pleasure to join 99nonprofits NGO and estd. in our country?

    Reply June 7, 2013 at 3:35 am
    • Lauren

      99nonprofits is open to all registered NGOs in the world!

      Reply June 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  11. Majid

    This is something reallly cool! nice work team! :)

    Reply June 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  12. D. Hamilton

    Wow, I am totally impressed with 99 Designs non-profit support. I am recommending to a non-profit client that 99 Designs host a contest for their new logo. Regardless of the decision my client makes, you are providing a very relevant, valuable form of support for non-profits. Kudos!! Good karma will always come back to you many time over!

    Reply August 8, 2013 at 10:13 am
  13. Anonymous

    really fantastic!!!

    Reply September 5, 2013 at 7:10 am
  14. raoasif

    I am really a big fan of yhis team.
    Great Team! Keep up the good work!

    Reply November 25, 2013 at 3:42 am
  15. sahil

    Fantastic Team !!!

    Reply November 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm
  16. Jekku

    So sweet group…. My loves you.

    Reply December 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm
  17. Anonymous

    i like all

    Reply February 13, 2014 at 4:28 am
  18. Sara Ashraf

    99designs is already coolest organisation involved in designing industry. Its another awesome service for people who really deserve this.

    Reply February 19, 2014 at 2:47 am
  19. Every Orphan’s Hope

    We were so pleased with this service! We will definitely be back for other projects. Thank you, 99designs!

    Reply February 28, 2014 at 8:38 am
  20. Mahfujur Rahman

    nice photo and everybody looks great.

    Reply April 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
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