New Canva Features

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I know many of you use Canva , so I’ve got some great news for you!

Canva is a great tool for nonprofits to create everyday design assets such as social media posts, digital display ads, email headers, etc. Best of all, the premium version is free for nonprofits! (If you aren’t taking advantage of this already, run — don’t walk — to sign up!)

(Note: It is important to use a tool like Canva to create graphics that are in keeping with your branding. I do not recommend using Canva in lieu of a professional designer to create your organization’s brand. However, Canva is a wonderful supplemental tool.)

Recently, they announced new features that will be super handy for your organization to amplify its message. You can view the entire presentation from the Canva Create event here, but I’d like to highlight a couple of highly useful items.

Videos

Posting short videos on social media will boost your reach and engagement and, if you add them into your paid campaigns, you’ll almost certainly see better results. The new video creator feature is super easy to use even if your organization has limited assets.

Websites

You can now create a website with Canva! Whilst it isn’t powerful enough to create your organization’s website (I always recommend reaching out to a professional for that) it could be handy for a one-off landing page or a web version of your annual report.

Presentations

If you’re looking for something more powerful than PowerPoint or Google Slides and you already use Canva, you can create presentations with animations and transitions. For the record, I also love Beautiful.ai for presentations, but Canva’s solution looks like a great option for you if you’re not looking to add another software to your marketing stack.

In order to take advantage of these new features, you must have a Canva account. After logging in, you’ll be able to select them at the top of the page.

Happy designing!

About Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman is a marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience creating effective communications campaigns utilizing innovative, forward thinking methods. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital marketing and specializes in multichannel communications campaigns.

A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements feature national conference appearances at NTEN, Museums and the Web, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts Midwest, American Alliance of Museums, OPERA America, Midwest Museums Association, and Chorus America in addition to many other local and regional events. Known for her easy-going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

She is a member of the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee and the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee, and is a mentor in West Virginia University’s Creative Consultant program. She also teaches the arts marketing course at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts and is on the faculty of Chorus America’s Chorus Management Institute.

Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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