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Georgian College offering free graphic design for local non-profits

Project a 'win-win' for students, local organizations
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Professional services are out of reach for many non-profit organizations, but Georgian College has a solution.

Graphic design students taking George Mashinter’s course, called 'Professional Practices for Designers 2', are able to put their knowledge to practical use and help out the community at the same time.

For the fifth year, Georgian College and United Way Simcoe Muskoka are partnering to provide free graphic design services to non-profits throughout Simcoe County.

“It’s absolutely a win-win,” Mashinter said. “It’s incredible, the amount of design work the students have been able to provide to organizations that would never be able to afford it.”

In its first four years, the program saw 87 students provide graphic design work to 97 non-profits. That’s $95,000 worth of services.

“One of the things that is very hard for students to learn when they’re in formal education is real-world business and communication skills,” Mashinter said. “For them, it is such an asset to graduate from the program with that experience that they can take to their new jobs.”

It also introduces some of the students to the work of non-profits, and some decide to help out after graduation.

Organizations can choose one project for students to work on that can be completed between September and November. Students can provide any of the following print or digital design services:

  • Marketing and promotional materials (pamphlets, brochures, posters, e-blasts, banner ads, landing pages, logos, etc.)

  • Collateral materials for events (programs, forms, signs, name tags, invitations, etc.)

  • Informational materials (newsletters, presentation graphics, etc.)

Those interested in taking advantage of this service can fill out a form here.

For more information, contact Mashinter at 705-728-1968, ext. 4165, or

Nathan Taylor

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Nathan Taylor is an experienced multimedia journalist and editor who covers Orillia and other parts of Simcoe County.
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