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Better Together: Better Talk

Portland is one of the country’s primary hubs when it comes to non-profits and creative design. We’re bringing the two together in this exciting, informative panel discussion featuring some of Portland’s top creatives and cutting-edge, long-time nonprofit leaders.

If you are a nonprofit that wants to learn about how good design and marketing can better help you fulfill your mission...this is for you. And if you’re a designer or other creative who wants to work more or better with non-profits to make our world a better place, this is for you. Join us!

The Discussion

BETTER TALK, the panel discussion is a lively, moderated talk about the relationships between non-profits and creatives with the goal of answering the question: What can we learn from each other? Our panel contributors will share their challenges, success stories, collaborative processes and much more. Through our talk, we aim to develop ideas on how to better facilitate connections between non-profits and creatives—and have you leave motivated to work together, armed with new ideas, useful tools, and inspiration.

We have several fun things planned for you!

Arrive early (doors open at 6:00 pm) to learn more about the panel contributors and to vote on discussion topics. These topics will be reviewed in real time by our moderator Matt Morasky, partner and Head of Client Experience at Territory, and your ideas and votes will guide the direction of the talk. To top things off, we’ll be documenting our discussion with notes available to all attendees. Everyone will be thinking on their toes, and the evening promises to be informative, motivating and fun!

Our Panel

Non-profit side

  • G Cody QJ Goldberg, Founder & Executive Director, Harper’s Playground
  • Jon Schneider, Art Director, Mercy Corps
  • Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic
  • Rebecca Burrell, Director of Strategy & Development, Open Signal


  • Jen Wick, Founder & Creative Director, Fort Wick
  • Precious Bugarin, Creative Director, Precious Bugarin Design & Senior Faculty PSU
  • Sara Guest, Creative Manager, Swaim Strategies
  • Thomas King, Director of Strategy, ThinkShout

We believe in ticket price transparency. Here is what your $8 is going towards:

  • Printed creative services guide that you can take home, created by Visible.
  • We'll be documenting our discussion with notes, available as a digital take-away sent via email post event.
  • Hard costs for event space, programs, website hosting, refreshments and WVDO/Let's Get Busy operational costs.

*If you are a nonprofit and cannot afford this event please contact us for a complimentary ticket.

Interested in other Better Together events?

BETTER TOGETHER is a track of events during Design Week Portland created by a committee of design and non-profit leaders working to bridge the gap between creative agencies and non-profits. We believe in the power of thoughtful design, and we care deeply about the hard work that non-profits do to make lives better. We want to make powerful design more accessible to nonprofits. Design can act in partnership with non-profit missions to amplify their hard work and help to gain more active and financial support. In addition to Better Talk, we have...

April 8, 2019

Let's Get Busy is a speed date style event, connecting nonprofits to creative consultants in fun mini consultations. Nonprofits can bring projects or questions about their brand or marketing to the table and creatives can provide their expertise and ideas to help out! Learn more

April 13, 2019

Design Equity Tournaments provide an opportunity to use design skills to engage in direct action to benefit the greater good. Learn more or visit the informational table at the Better Talk panel event for more details!

Our Partners

Studio 5, Graphic Design Program, Portland State University

To encourage, support and connect students to non-profit work, our organization is a client of the junior level branding course at PSU called Studio5. Students from this course named the event track, designed the mark, and selected deliverables under the guidance and instruction of PSU’s faculty. The selected student/s work will be immediately celebrated and promoted as a part of our events. Thank you for your involvement and support, Studio5!

WVDO is a member-based organization that is open to anyone who engages in professional fundraising activities. This may include volunteers, board members, Executive Directors, Development Directors, Event Planners, Grant Writers, Consultants, Foundations and Business Professionals. Through information sharing, networking, job posting or placing and professional development, WVDO offers members and organizations resources to support and further their commitment to nonprofit causes, services, and groups.

Mercy Corps (our host) is a global team of humanitarians—a force for good that reaches across beliefs and borders—working together to build a safer, stronger, and more just world by solving the root causes of poverty and oppression.

This event is part of the Better Together: Better Talk, Better Team, Better Think series

  1. Better Together: Better Talk (Currently Viewing)

  2. Design Equity Tournament

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Monday, April 8, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Collective board of Creative Agency + NPO representatives that came together for the goal of productive collaboration between Creative and NPOs.

Danny Palmerlee, Communications Director: Western Rivers Conservancy Jen Thomas, Founder & Executive Director: Visible + The Beauty Shop Liz Neilson, Founder & Creative Director: Visible + The Beauty Shop Nicole Sakai, Partner & Operations Director: Factory North Precious Bugarin, Founder & Creative Director: Precious Bugarin Design + Senior Faculty PSUGD Rachel Hughes, Project Manager: Jolby & Friends Toni Tabora-Roberts, Founder & Chief: Esper House Tyler Segel, Partner & Creative Director: Factory North