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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m having problems with your website…

We are still in the testing phase of our new website.

If you are experiencing any problems, including logging in, please contact your project manager at CWB or contact us here.

What’s in it for Creatives?

So much! For a start, you’ll feel like you’re making a real difference in the world.

When you register your profile with CWB, you will have access to meaningful projects from all over the world, giving you the opportunity to further their impact with your creative super powers.

The pro-bono projects listed have clear parameters – a start, middle and end. So giving back has never been easier!

If you are selected and complete a CWB project, we will showcase your work and the impact it has had on our website.

We will also provide you with our CWB label to promote your pro bono work for up to a year after your project is completed.

Your completed project will automatically be in the running for our annual CWB Awards.

And did we mention the part where you’ll feel the warm fuzzies in your belly? 🙂

Who/What is a Creative?

At CWB, a ‘creative’ is someone with a special mix of creative skills and talents, and a passion to do more for – and with – others.

If this sounds like you, and you have time to commit to working on a project in partnership with a nonprofit, pro bono, then we encourage you to please sign up on our homepage and apply for one of our projects online!

Whether you are a designer, writer, artist, entrepreneur, photographer, architect, strategist or developer etc., your creative ideas and skills can make a difference in communities all over the world.

What if there’s problems completing the project?

If you are having problems completing the project as the creative or the nonprofit, please refer back to your Partnership Agreement to see if that provides any more clarity for you.

Nonprofits: If you are leaving your organisation or need to stop working for what ever reason, please do you best to handover the project to a colleague before you move on. Please also notify CWB of the change in contact at the organisation.

Creatives: please make sure you think about how much time you have for the project so it doesn’t come to this! But of course, life is unpredictable, so if you do find yourself in a situation where you cannot finish the project, please let your nonprofit and CWB know as soon as you can so we can try and find a replacement for you.

How can you be involved?

Everyone can be involved in Creatives Without Borders!

Are you a creative? Register you and your ninja skills with us!
Are you a nonprofit that needs some creative help? Apply to create a project with us!
Do you just want to help out and be involved? Share our briefs and CWB website with your family, friends, work colleagues and networks! And sign up to our monthly newsletter!

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

You and also volunteer for CWB! We can put you to good use if you have sweet ninja skills in the following fields:
– Public relations
– Community management
– Project Management
– Writing
– Producing
– Website development

If you have any of these skills and more, and would like to volunteer with CWB, please contact us with any links to relevant profiles and how many hours per week you think you can spare.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us.

Creatives Without Borders Guidelines

Projects must genuinely provide positive outcomes for underserved communities and individuals and share our mission and values. Every project needs to clearly state the motivation behind and strategy towards positive impacts for the communities we want to support.

Information provided for creative briefs must be honest, clear and concise. Our community is built on trust and communication. Briefs should not mislead people or misrepresent facts, and brief creators should be candid about what they plan to accomplish and why. This information should be presented to us professionally when filling out a project brief.

Please only submit a project/apply for a project if you can see the project through to completion. We understand this is volunteer and that sometimes things crop up in life, but in general, please be honest to us and yourself about how much time you can give to the project before submitting your project proposal or applying for a project.

CWB must not be used to share political or ideological opinions. CWB supports diversity and creativity, but we are not a platform for organisations or individuals to express religious or political ideology. Please keep your project briefs and creative ideas respectful of this rule and of each other.

These rules don’t cover every possible use of Creatives Without Borders, but they explain our purpose, perspective and ethics.

What is Creative Without Borders (CWB)?

Creatives Without Borders is a nonprofit startup collective that connects designers, thinkers and doers with nonprofit associations in need of creative expertise.

CWB is a French registered nonprofit organization that operates internationally.

What is CWB10?

We have two types of projects here at CWB – CWB10 and Pool projects. This is what a CWB10 project looks like…

CWB10 Official Program

Week 1
Project definition = Creative brief.

This step is about defining the project and creating a central document accessible to all to know where we’re going and which path is taken.
How? We create it together to be sure to match your exact needs. We organize and lead a 2-3 hours workshop in person or remotely if needed. We then draft the doc and validate it together to move on and carry out the campaign.

Weeks 2-3
Assemble the troops.

Our entire team will activate the CWB network to find sponsors, partners and the creatives to execute the project.
We will curate them and find the perfect team through our channels.

Weeks 4-8
Production.

It’s time to make things happen!
CWB takes care of the project management and makes sure that everyone focuses on their task.
We facilitate the communication, information and asset exchanges.
We sweat so you don’t have to 🙂

Weeks 8-10
Make noise.

We finalize all the assets and start spreading the word. It’s time to amplify impact and be sure everything has been done correctly.
We use the CWB platform and network to promote the project and reach a maximum of media channels. We promote, promote, promote!

All CWB10 projects are selected by CWB. 

 

What is a Pool Project?

We have two types of projects here at CWB: CWB10 and Pool projects.

Our CWB Pool projects should move as fast as the nonprofit and creative do! And they will be more straight forward, simple projects (that doesn’t mean they will be boring though!) compared to CWB10 projects. These projects will help organisations to further their impact.

Pool projects are screened by CWB and posted on our website (only visible to creatives and nonprofits when you are logged in to our website).

What is the difference between ‘CWB10’ and ‘Pool’ projects?

We have two types of projects here at CWB. 

  1. CWB10

Each year Creatives Without Borders aim to enrol up to 12 organizations in a 10 week program to help them boost their impact. Our veteran team of creatives and project managers guide them through a solid process to move them to the next level. 

CWB10 Official Program

Week 1
Project definition = Creative brief.

This step is about defining the project and creating a central document accessible to all to know where we’re going and which path is taken.
How? We create it together to be sure to match your exact needs. We organize and lead a 2-3 hours workshop in person or remotely if needed. We then draft the doc and validate it together to move on and carry out the campaign.

Weeks 2-3
Assemble the troops.

Our entire team will activate the CWB network to find sponsors, partners and the creatives to execute the project.
We will curate them and find the perfect team through our channels.

Weeks 4 to 8
Production.

It’s time to make things happen!
CWB takes care of the project management and makes sure that everyone focuses on their task.
We facilitate the communication, information and asset exchanges.
We sweat so you don’t have to 🙂

Weeks 8 to 10
Make noise.

We finalize all the assets and start spreading the word. It’s time to amplify impact and be sure everything has been done correctly.
We use the CWB platform and network to promote the project and reach a maximum of media channels. We promote, promote, promote!

CWB10 projects are selected by CWB. 

 

2. The Pool

Our CWB Pool projects will move as fast as the nonprofit and creative do! And they will be more straight forward, simple projects (that doesn’t mean they will be boring though!) These projects will help organisations with immediate needs to help them further their impact.

Pool projects are screened by CWB and posted on our website (only visible to creatives and nonprofits when you are logged in to our website).

All our CWB projects accelerate and promote nonprofits and creatives to help them generate bigger impact.

What is a CWB Project Brief?
  • Please note: We are an international community and our website is in English! We understand writing the brief may not be easy for everyone – but we do need all the questions answered as clearly as possible to assist us in creating the most attractive brief possible for you.

A ‘project brief’ is submitted by a nonprofit organisation using the ‘Create a new project’ form, and then created by CWB and posted on our website. The ‘Create a new project’ form can be accessed from the nonprofit’s dashboard after they have applied and been screened by CWB.

A note to nonprofits organisations: all questions must be filled in to create the best possible brief to attract the best creatives.

A note to creatives applying for a project:

  1. Tell us why you want to volunteer your ninja skills for this project?
  2. Keeping it short, what kind of stuff have you done before that’s relevant to making this project come to life?
  3. List any online portfolios you have (website, Behance, Dribbble…)
  4. Tell us how responsive you are and your availability – and be honest! It’s better we know and can work with you rather than have unrealistic expectations.
  5. Include the name of the project in the email subject heading.

 

 

Why has CWB changed it’s website and process?

We’ve grown our mission to help social organizations change the world by connecting them with creatives. Our vision is that social organizations can maximize their impact by being empowered by the right creative resources and guidance – and we’ve already proven that.

We make the creatives’ powers accessible to good causes and ensure nonprofits (small and large, with local and global reach) have opportunities for enhancing mission, message and impact through creative resources and support.

To deliver further on our promise, we’ve evolved our approach to helping causes.

We’ve maintained access for all nonprofits to connect to a huge pool of talented individuals with the CWB Pool and we created CWB10 –  a 10 week program empowering social organizations through creative projects.

We believe this will enable us to deepen our reach, impact, establish a network of support (mentors, advisors, talent) to promote and support success and rally people around our causes.

We want to celebrate and advocate beauty in everything; creative design can elevate a cause and transform minds!

I’m having problems with your website…

We are still in the testing phase of our new website.

If you are experiencing any problems, including logging in, please contact your project manager at CWB or contact us here.

Who/What is a Creative?

At CWB, a ‘creative’ is someone with a special mix of creative skills and talents, and a passion to do more for – and with – others.

If this sounds like you, and you have time to commit to working on a project in partnership with a nonprofit, pro bono, then we encourage you to please sign up on our homepage and apply for one of our projects online!

Whether you are a designer, writer, artist, entrepreneur, photographer, architect, strategist or developer etc., your creative ideas and skills can make a difference in communities all over the world.

What is a Nonprofit at CWB?

At CWB, a ‘nonprofit’ includes any registered nonprofit organization or individual, anywhere in the world, trying to make a positive changes in their community for no profit or personal gain.

CWB must screen all nonprofits that register, before we publish anything about you online. To help us with this, please provide documentation of your registered organization with your brief.

To be able to register a project with us, we require the following information from every nonprofit organisation:

  • clear, concise information about you
  • your goals
  • how you will measure these goals
  • what you have achieved in the past, and
  • what you need for your proposed creative project.
What does CWB get out of connecting Creatives and Nonprofits?

A big smile.

We make creatives’ powers accessible to good causes and ensure nonprofits (small and large, with local and global reach) have opportunities for enhancing mission, message and impact through creative resources and support. It makes us feel good 🙂

How can you be involved?

Everyone can be involved in Creatives Without Borders!

Are you a creative? Register you and your ninja skills with us!
Are you a nonprofit that needs some creative help? Apply to create a project with us!
Do you just want to help out and be involved? Share our briefs and CWB website with your family, friends, work colleagues and networks! And sign up to our monthly newsletter!

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

You and also volunteer for CWB! We can put you to good use if you have sweet ninja skills in the following fields:
– Public relations
– Community management
– Project Management
– Writing
– Producing
– Website development

If you have any of these skills and more, and would like to volunteer with CWB, please contact us with any links to relevant profiles and how many hours per week you think you can spare.

I have a media enquiry who do I contact?

If you have a media enquiry, please contact us.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us.

What is CWB10?

We have two types of projects here at CWB – CWB10 and Pool projects. This is what a CWB10 project looks like…

CWB10 Official Program

Week 1
Project definition = Creative brief.

This step is about defining the project and creating a central document accessible to all to know where we’re going and which path is taken.
How? We create it together to be sure to match your exact needs. We organize and lead a 2-3 hours workshop in person or remotely if needed. We then draft the doc and validate it together to move on and carry out the campaign.

Weeks 2-3
Assemble the troops.

Our entire team will activate the CWB network to find sponsors, partners and the creatives to execute the project.
We will curate them and find the perfect team through our channels.

Weeks 4-8
Production.

It’s time to make things happen!
CWB takes care of the project management and makes sure that everyone focuses on their task.
We facilitate the communication, information and asset exchanges.
We sweat so you don’t have to 🙂

Weeks 8-10
Make noise.

We finalize all the assets and start spreading the word. It’s time to amplify impact and be sure everything has been done correctly.
We use the CWB platform and network to promote the project and reach a maximum of media channels. We promote, promote, promote!

All CWB10 projects are selected by CWB. 

 

I’m having problems with your website…

We are still in the testing phase of our new website.

If you are experiencing any problems, including logging in, please contact your project manager at CWB or contact us here.

Who/What is a Creative?

At CWB, a ‘creative’ is someone with a special mix of creative skills and talents, and a passion to do more for – and with – others.

If this sounds like you, and you have time to commit to working on a project in partnership with a nonprofit, pro bono, then we encourage you to please sign up on our homepage and apply for one of our projects online!

Whether you are a designer, writer, artist, entrepreneur, photographer, architect, strategist or developer etc., your creative ideas and skills can make a difference in communities all over the world.

What’s in it for the Nonprofits?

You can make your organisation’s mission a loud and clear message!

Creatives have the skills, knowledge and super talent that can be used to make people more engaged with your cause, products, community and people.

We make it easy for you to find a talented creative volunteer to support specific projects.

When you register your organisation’s details with CWB, will will be connected to our pool of creatives who can help you connect people to your cause and raise interest in your organisation. You can empower your organisation and your mission by using creative skills.

Whether you need a logo, a website, a social media campaign, your annual report layout, a mural or a video made…you can find your creative problem solvers here at Creative Without Borders.

How do I apply and create a project as a Nonprofit?
  1. The first step as a nonprofit, is to head to our homepage and click ‘apply’ for a CWB profile.
  2. You will be redirected to a ‘typeform’ questionnaire, to fill out as best you can. Please note that if you do not fill out the form properly, we may not follow up to create an account for you. You must show that you will be committed to your project from beginning to end.
  3. Once you have completed the form, please allow 7 days for us to respond via email with your login and password for our website.
  4. Then log in to our website and you will find your dashboard. On the dashboard, you will see a tab that reads ‘Your Project’ – click in here and you will find the link to ‘Create a new project’.
  5. When you click on this button, you will be redirected to the final typeform. Here you must answer all the questions so will need to provide:
    • clear, concise information about you
    • your goals
    • how you will measure these goals
    • what you have achieved in the past, and
    • what you need for your proposed creative project.
  6. Once you have completed the form, please allow 7 days for CWB to create and publish your project. During this time, we will also send you a Partnership Agreement to sign.
  7. Once your project is live, creatives will be able to log in to CWB and see your project. If they are interested in your cause, they will contact you directly via the email you have provided.
  8. To help you reach a decision on who the best creative for your project is, we will be providing more information for you soon!
  9. Once you have selected and connected with a creative, you must see the project through to completion.
  10. Once completed, you must notify CWB s0 we can publish the completed project on our website.

 

What if no one applies for my project?

If your project brief doesn’t attract a suitable Creative after 3 months, please contact us at CWB.

What if there’s problems completing the project?

If you are having problems completing the project as the creative or the nonprofit, please refer back to your Partnership Agreement to see if that provides any more clarity for you.

Nonprofits: If you are leaving your organisation or need to stop working for what ever reason, please do you best to handover the project to a colleague before you move on. Please also notify CWB of the change in contact at the organisation.

Creatives: please make sure you think about how much time you have for the project so it doesn’t come to this! But of course, life is unpredictable, so if you do find yourself in a situation where you cannot finish the project, please let your nonprofit and CWB know as soon as you can so we can try and find a replacement for you.

How can you be involved?

Everyone can be involved in Creatives Without Borders!

Are you a creative? Register you and your ninja skills with us!
Are you a nonprofit that needs some creative help? Apply to create a project with us!
Do you just want to help out and be involved? Share our briefs and CWB website with your family, friends, work colleagues and networks! And sign up to our monthly newsletter!

You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

You and also volunteer for CWB! We can put you to good use if you have sweet ninja skills in the following fields:
– Public relations
– Community management
– Project Management
– Writing
– Producing
– Website development

If you have any of these skills and more, and would like to volunteer with CWB, please contact us with any links to relevant profiles and how many hours per week you think you can spare.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us.