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Non-profit organizations who want to publicize their services in languages other than English frequently contact us.  The issues they deal with are not frivolous, so letting the community know about their services is very important.  For example, victims of abuse need to know where to call for help, and they need to be sure that all calls are confidential. 


Most of us would agree that the best way to win the trust of the people who need help is by giving them information in their native language.  But many non-profits do not have the budget for translating and printing in other languages. We - and most other translation companies - will cut prices or do some pro bono work when we can, but projects are still sometimes cancelled because the funding just isn't there.


The need for non-profits to have multilingual materials or website landing pages to fulfill their missions is not going away.  With some planning, non-profits can reach more than just their English-speaking clients.


  • Include translations as a line item when you write a grant.  That way the funding will already be in place for new programs or services.
  • Work with local universities.  There may be professors or students of translation who will volunteer their services. 
  • Send the translation to us for proofreading.  If we can't do it for free, the cost will be minimal.
  • Appeal to companies in your area who support your mission and request funding for translations.  Most corporations are committed to being good neighbors.
  • Give us a call and we'll do whatever we can to help.

2 Comment(s):
Janine said...
Donald, Thanks for stopping by. Another thing you can do is identify the vital information all your clients need to have and just translate that. You may be able to delay translating brochures, leaflets, enrollment forms, etc. and other pieces that are nice to have but not crucial until you have the funding. Let us know if we can help. Janine
January 27, 2009 11:28:25
Donald said...
This sentence rings so true: "The need for non-profits to have multilingual materials or website landing pages to fulfill their missions is not going away." Very well said! I appreciate this information and will use your ideas and tips. Thank you for bringing this to the public's attention.
January 27, 2009 11:16:07
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