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At the beginning of December we kicked off our second annual 12 Days of Design Giveaway, offering nonprofit organizations around the world the chance to receive a free design contest in the category of their choice (a value of up to $599).

The Giveaway was part of our 99nonprofits initiative, which has provided free design work to more than 120 organizations in 31 countries worldwide since its July 2012 launch. We selected our first 12 Days of Design participant December 10th and our twelfth and final participant December 21st. It’s a remarkably diverse and inspiring group of organizations – read on to learn about them all! (For details on applying for our regular year-round 99nonprofits program, click here.)

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Day 1: Vision Care for Homeless People


This London-based charity provides eye care services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable. Vision Care for Homeless People’s services include screening of ocular health and the provision of eyeglasses to meet the immediate visual needs of clients. To learn more about the work this inspiring organization does – and the tremendous impact it has – check out this short video.

Day 2: Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, founded in 2001, rates 7,000 charities in the United States and provides basic information to the rest of America’s 1.6 million (yes, that’s million!) nonprofits in order to help donors make informed choices. Stay up to date on the latest nonprofit news by following @CharityNav on Twitter!

Day 3: I’m Positive, Inc.

I'm Positive Inc.

I’m Positive develops and manages innovative programs and services that benefit people affected by HIV or AIDS in the Henderson, Nevada area. The mission of this 100% volunteer-managed organization is to offer long-term support to the HIV community, and to produce tangible change in the lives of its clients, members and supporters. Check out some of its avant-garde programs here!

Day 4: The Boaz Trust

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The Boaz Trust provides accommodation, food and holistic support including legal services to destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester, England. Founded in 2004, it’s the largest nonprofit of its kind in the country, and aims to share its innovative model with other like organizations in the UK and around the world. Take a look at this video featuring three clients to get a better idea of the life-changing work Boaz does every day!

Day 5: Fundacion Interamericana del Corazon (FIC) Argentina

FICA Argentina

FIC Argentina promotes public policies and social changes to ensure that good help is a human right, with particular focuses on tobacco control, nutrition and physical activity. It’s mission is to help reduce chronic non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. “Like” FIC on Facebook to learn more about what this impassioned nonprofit is doing in Argentina and more broadly!

Day 6: The Virtual Doctor Project

Virtual Doctor

This Brighton, England-based organization, founded in 2009, connects rural health clinics in Africa with volunteer doctors around the world via the local mobile broadband network. This allows its “virtual doctors” to offer free diagnostic and treatment advice, improving the primary health care in local communities and reducing the number of referrals to distant hospitals. Watch this video to learn more about the project!

Day 7: Milton Keynes Equality Council

Through direct outreach and training programs, this 35-year-old British organization aims to eliminate hate crime and help victims of hate crime, discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimization. “We are the only hope for people suffering in silence or those who do not know where to go,” says Chief Executive Navrita Atwal.

Day 8: led2play


Led2play, a new program from Florida-based led2serve, sends volunteers who love sport, games and play to global communities in need through “Service Learning Journeys.” Led2play will kick off in January with a weeklong soccer camp and school partnership in Costa Rica; you can see the full 2014 program calendar here. We’re a playful bunch here at 99designs, and think the organization’s words of wisdom are right on the mark: “Give a little, play a little, play it forward.” Score!

Day 9: 3Space

This innovative London-based charity unlocks the potential of empty shops and offices by making them available to non-profits for free-of-charge, pop-up projects that benefit their communities. The cool video shown in the screenshot above offers a nice intro 3Space’s vision, and you can hear directly from the organization’s founders in this informative interview with Fast Company.

Day 10: Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Bay Area Children's Theatre

The Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT], which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014, produces plays based on children’s literature, sends selected shows to tour schools in underserved communities, and runs a thriving Youth Education Program. In all the organization reaches 43,000 people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area each year. It’s mission is to inspire young audiences with imaginative productions, introduce children of all backgrounds to the excitement of live theatre, and create an engaging, entertaining, and educational environment in which children and their families can explore and enjoy the arts. Visit its YouTube page to see trailers for recent productions!

Day 11: HeartKids Victoria & Tasmania


HeartKids offers support, encouragement and hope to families of children with heart disease throughout Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Through programs dedicated to provide support and advocacy, raise awareness, and fund research (to the tune of $1.5 million!), HeartKids has positively impacted thousands of Australians impacted by childhood heart disease. Find out how you can help here!

Day 12: And our final winner is…FreshFANTASY!

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For 29 years, Fresh Fantasy has organized active, engaging and fun programs for schoolchildren across Germany with an underlying focus on drug prevention and healthy living. Who wouldn’t want to take part in “Wolfi’’s totally crazy gym class” (pictured above)?!

Thank you to all of the fantastic organizations that applied to be a part of 12 Days of Design. Happy holidays to you all, and may 2014 be a year destined (or should we say “designed”?) for success. And remember, not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for free contests via our regular 99nonprofits program all year long!