We provide pro bono expertise to help social impact organizations accelerate meaningful change.
We are no longer accepting applications for our "Innovate with Impact" program. Please check back in a few weeks when we announce who the selected partner will be! Thank you.
Is your organization focused on a good cause? Need pro bono research, design or software engineering expertise to further your mission? We want to help. Apply to Cantina’s Innovate with Impact program. Deadline is 5pm December 4, 2020. We’ll announce the selected partner on December 15th!
Superior design and software engineering, as well as breakthrough innovation, shouldn’t just be available to those with big budgets. We know that many organizations doing meaningful work often struggle with resources, and yet their work is critical to our collective well-being.
At Cantina, we’re committed to doing our part. Our Innovate with Impact program makes Cantina’s talent and resources available, on a pro bono basis, to drive positive change, amplify and accelerate impact, and help social cause organizations succeed. Our support includes but is not limited to: design research, experience design, product design, and software engineering.
Each year, we award one organization with a dedicated pro bono team from Cantina to help them accelerate meaningful change. This can mean designing a new mobile app, rethinking a service experience, or designing an entirely new web experience. Whatever it is, we want to help.
How Cantina’s Innovate with Impact program works
Interested and eligible organizations apply to the Program by 5pm December 4, 2020.
The selected partner organization will participate in a short training with Cantina to familiarize team members with the processes and tools of design thinking.
Following the training, a dedicated Cantina team will work closely with the selected partner organization to identify current challenges and define the scope of the project for a 6-8 week pro bono engagement.
We want to partner with you!
Please complete the application and we’ll be in touch. There is no cost to apply and the application deadline is
5pm December 4, 2020.
Application submission deadline
November 23, 2020
Selected partner organization will be announced
December 15, 2020
Kickoff for the 6-8 week project
January, 2021 (date TBD)
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of organizations are eligible for the Program?
The Program is open to U.S. based organizations that operate in the social impact space. This includes organizations working in a wide range of areas, including: climate, sustainability, land conservation, food and food waste, justice and equality, poverty, homelessness, healthcare, education, arts and music, and more. Your organization does not need to be a 501(c)(3) to apply, but it does need to be a mission-driven social enterprise focused on making meaningful change.
What criteria will you use to evaluate applicants?
We will evaluate applicants on a number of criteria, including the quality of their application; the social impact space they are in; the potential project they need help with; and how well their organization/project aligns with Cantina and our mission, vision, and values.
What type of projects are best suited for the Program?
Cantina can help with a variety of projects, but projects that are best suited will be:
Relevant: Relevant to a pressing issue or cause with a clear social impact goal
Innovative: Involve a new idea or build on an existing approach or tool in a new way
Impactful: Clearly define an intended impact or outcome
Functional: Contribute to a workable or implementable solution
Feasible: A project that Cantina can do in 6-8 weeks
What kind of team will we work with from Cantina?
Cantina has an experienced team of researchers, strategists, makers, designers, and software engineers. You will be working with a dedicated team of 3-5 experts from different disciplines, but if your project is focused in one area and does not require a multidisciplinary team, then we will assign the team that is best suited to your project’s needs.
What kind of commitment are you looking for from the selected partner organization?
We’re looking to work with an engaged partner, one that will collaborate with us, make decisions quickly, and agree to time commitments for:
Two hour remote project kickoff meeting
Stakeholder 1:1 interviews with key people from the organization as needed
Weekly remote one hour check-ins with the project team
Coordination of user research as needed
1-2 workshops as needed (typically half or full day with key stakeholders)
Final presentation (typically two hours)
Will Cantina publicize the work?
Yes. Selected partner organizations must agree that Cantina will have the right to use their name/logo and create a case study describing the work for marketing and publicity purposes.