What is the Visible pledge?
The Visible Pledge is a commitment to work on at least 1 pro-bono project (of any size) per year.
What if I don’t see a project I’m interested in on the Visible site?
We encourage you to reach out to your local community to find your own project. Any pro-bono project to benefit an organization that qualifies to receive services from Visible will fulfill your yearly pledge requirements. Visible members have full access to our library of contract templates and client education materials to facilitate pro-bono projects done outside our organization.
Alternately, If you prefer to complete a project through Visible, you may invite an organization to submit a project to our network, and we can reserve that project for you.
What happens if I don’t fulfill my pledge?
The first year a Visible member takes their pledge, membership is granted on good faith. But, each year thereafter, members must submit proof of a fulfilled pledge to keep their membership and member benefits current.
If you don’t complete your pledge, you’ll have two options:
1. Lose your membership listing and benefits
You’ll lose your online member listing and access to members-only sections of the Visible website. You can always regain your membership by submitting proof of a completed project to Visible HQ.
2. Make a donation commensurate with your skill level on Visible donation value chart
Send us a copy of your donation receipt. You’ll be able to keep your membership and benefits, and you can try again next year.
Are there other ways I can fulfill my pledge besides taking on a pro-bono project?
Yes! You may participate in a Design Equity Tournament, recruit your workplace to become a Visible studio partner, volunteer as a designer at a non-profit organization, create work for a non-profit organization as part of a class project, volunteer as an on-site Visible intern at our HQ, and more. We encourage you to get creative and help us find new ways to volunteer your skills. If you’re not sure if something qualifies, feel free to email us and ask.
If my project fails, does it still count to fulfill my yearly pledge?
Yes. But, let’s talk.
I only see projects from the Portland, Oregon area on your website.
Since we’re here in Portland, that’s the easiest place for us to spread the word. We’d love you to tell potential members and organizations in your local community about us, and help us expand the areas that we serve.
Is anyone excluded from participating? Are there minimum portfolio requirements?
Visible does not exclude anyone from being able to participate by taking the pledge. We believe that there is room for everyone to make a difference, regardless of level of experience. If a member is not yet at the skill level to complete a pro-bono project, they can participate in a Design Equity Tournament, volunteer as a design intern at a non-profit organization, create work for a non-profit organization as part of a class project, volunteer as an on-site Visible intern at our HQ, and more.