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Design for Purpose

Asking our community: how can we help?

The Notion Design for Purpose grant will support an innovative and purpose-driven Missouri or Greater St. Louis metropolitan area nonprofit to advance their mission with creative and strategic development services.

Application window closed June 29

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About Design for Purpose


The Notion Design for Purpose grant will award one organization up to 500 hours of professional and creative services through the end of the year. 

Driven by our “How can I help?” motto, we believe in making the world a better place — where we do our best for our clients, team members and the community we live in, and everyone smiles a little more often. 

We want to further this goal by supporting organizations whose mission is to better our shared community, but who may not have the marketing resources to bring that mission to life. We believe that stunning visual communications and high-quality creative counsel will help drive growth for nonprofits and aid in creating lasting change.

Our services


We’ll provide an opportunity for a nonprofit to work with creative experts, graphic design professionals and experienced strategists to uplift their contributions and boost their impact.

Our services through the grant may include:

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Creative counsel & strategic guidance

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Brand development

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Graphic design

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Content development

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Video production

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Presentation design

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Who should apply?


We want to foster creative partnerships with extraordinary organizations focused on building a brighter future for our community. We encourage you to apply if you’re a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Missouri or Greater St. Louis metropolitan area that supports education, health and wellness, children and families or underserved populations.

For additional eligibility requirements

Application timeline


Preliminary round: Serves to understand the organization’s mission, creative challenges and the type of creative counsel or solution desired.

Semifinalist live pitch: Organizations will be asked to participate in a live pitch, either in-person or virtually, to share more details about their creative needs, opportunities and how they plan to use our services.

Once the applications process is complete, organizations should plan to use Notion's professional services between the beginning of August through December 31, 2023.


June 29
Preliminary round applications due

June 30 - July 11
y round applications are reviewed

July 12
Semifinalists selected to participate in a live pitch (phase two guidelines will be provided)

July 27 - 31
Pitch week

By early August
Winner awarded

Ready to get started?

Application window closed June 29
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Organizations we've worked with


We’re proud to have provided pro bono services and financial support for many organizations doing incredible work in the St. Louis metro area and beyond.

We appreciate Notion's commitment to education and mentorship, preparing students for successful careers. Their contributions go beyond financial support and have had a positive impact on our community. We are proud to have Notion as a partner in our mission to provide quality education to our students.

Webster University

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible?

Nonprofit organizations that are registered in the state of Missouri or Illinois as a part of the Greater St. Louis region with 501(c)(3) status.

What types of organizations should apply?

We welcome local and regional nonprofits of any focus area to apply, but we strongly consider organizations who support education, health and wellness, children and families or underserved populations in our community.

What does the selection process look like?

After reviewing all applications, Notion will choose semifinalists to give a live pitch (in person or virtual) on how their organization would benefit from our professional services. We’ll provide guidelines for the live pitch and give finalists 10 business days to prepare. Once we’ve heard from each finalist, we will award one winner by early August and hope to begin work by mid-August.

What does up to 500 hours of creative counsel or support look like?

Much like for our for-profit client projects, Notion will curate a team to support the awarded nonprofit’s creative needs. The team will collectively provide up to 500 hours of time to help advance the organization’s mission through creative strategy and design. 

It could be for a brand enhancement and new materials, a marketing campaign, event theming and collateral, presentation series, or a few videos. The opportunities are endless, and we’re eager to explore with you.  

We will use our experience and expertise to determine the best way to support the applicant’s creative challenge. We will collaborate with the awarded organization to fine-tune the plan and provide a detailed scope of work agreement of our services. Time and resources may be used in the following areas and can be a mix of various deliverables.

•   Creative counsel and strategic guidance
•   Brand development
•   Graphic design
•   Illustration
•   Content development
•   Video production
•   Presentation design


To see samples of Notion’s work, please visit our homepage.

Is your organization in need of creative and strategic expertise?


Application window closed June 29, 2023

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