THE CHARLES REID PROGRAM

We are currently accepting applications for our Pro Bono program, an initiative that aims at providing free-of-charge writing services to organizations who are focused on bettering their community. Each qualified organization will be eligible for up to ten hours of Typeflow staff access per week.

Services being offered:

- Case Studies
- Press Releases
- Editing
- Newsletters
- Blog Posts
- Grant Writing Collateral

To qualify, an organization must:

- Be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, be in the process of doing so, or be working under the umbrella of an organization functioning as such.
- Have an annual operating budget of less than $250,000.
- Be focused on bettering the lives of individuals or the community at large by providing services, financial assistance, or material aid.
- Have a demonstrable need for writing services that are not currently being met.

To apply, please provide the following information to brandon@type-flow.com

- Organization Name
- Contact Info
- How does your organization directly impact the community?
- What writing needs in your organization are not being met?
- What is your annual operating budget?
- What immediate goals can we help you achieve?
- Any additional relevant information.

Timeline

To ensure Typeflow can assist as many organizations as possible, The Charles Reid Program (CRP) will accept new applications every six months (a Cycle). Organizations who applied in previous Cycles may apply again, even if the organizations have been previously accepted.

General Program Schedule

Applications will be accepted in January and July.

Month One: Reviewing and accepting applications.
Month Two: Typeflow will contact selected applicants and help create project plans and categorize writing needs into actionable stages.
Months Three-Six: Projects will be completed and delivered to applicants.

* If an organization's projects are not completed by month six, Typeflow will reevaluate an ongoing effort to finish open projects, as well as consider automatic renewal for the next Cycle.

Applicant Expectations

Applicant organizations are expected to be able to dedicate 45 minutes/week to meet in person or electronically with Typeflow staff. Exceptions for busy weeks are, of course, understandable; this is merely a rule of thumb. Almost all communication between Typeflow and CRP organizations can be achieved via email/phone/Google Hangouts.

Eligible organizations should have a clear understanding of their writing needs. Ideally, materials required for related projects (project data, outlines, etc.) should be ready to be delivered to Typeflow when development is scheduled to begin. If additional assistance is required to outline and structure writing projects, please make that apparent during the application process. This is not a deterrent; it helps us more clearly understand an organization’s true needs.

Selection Process

During month one, Typeflow will review all applications submitted before the Cycle deadline. Factors that will make an organization more likely to be selected include:

- Having all materials ready for the project.
- Having a clear, communicable picture of the projects’ scope and depth.
- Having a primary focus on bettering the lives of individuals or the community at large by providing services, financial assistance, or material aid.

We have yet to define the number of applications that will be accepted. Each project will take a different amount of time to complete. That being said, Typeflow will generally attempt to accept the maximum amount of applications to allow us to complete 5-10 hours of work per week for each organization.

Mission Statement

We seek to help small- to medium-sized organizations who seek to help others — by offering our services for free. We benefit financially neither directly nor indirectly from the CRP.

Disclaimers

While we are not aiming to select specific causes or initiatives based upon personal preferences, there will be a certain degree of subjective comparison required during the selection process — i.e., an apples to oranges scenario. For example, organizations who work directly with the poor, disenfranchised, marginalized, or those who otherwise lack agency and voice will be given priority. That is not to say that any organization cannot qualify; but rather that a demonstrable, direct impact on individuals will carry extra weight during the evaluation process.

Political and/or religious organizations are free to apply, but only if the services or assistance being provided are eligible to others regardless of religious, political, sexual, or racial identification.