How to Make Free Non-Profit Flyers

by Jane Ellis
Embedded Objects are files inside the body of the email, and can include other email messages.

Embedded Objects are files inside the body of the email, and can include other email messages.

Advertisements can be a two-edged sword for a non-profit organization. While advertisements are necessary to bring in donated funds and raise awareness with the general public of what a non-profit does, they can also be costly and eat into precious donated funds, which could otherwise be used toward the organization's causes. Luckily, flyers are a free and often effective means of advertising that a non-profit organization can easily create using a Microsoft Word program.

Using a Microsoft Word 2007 Template

Open a new document in a Microsoft Word 2007 program. Search the list of templates that will appear on the left-hand side. Choose "Flyers," and then the appropriate category of flyer you want to use. From the category, double click on a flyer template that will fit your needs.

Change the card's elements to suit your needs. To change the template's text, highlight it and then type over the generic information with your own.

Add additional text. If necessary, you can use either WordArt or insert a text box to add more text to your flyer. To add WordArt, click on "Insert," "WordArt," and then select the WordArt style you would like. Type in the text and click on "OK." If you want to change the appearance of your WordArt, click on it, and then right-click and select "Format WordArt." The message box that appears will offer you a number of different ways to change the WordArt's appearance. To add a text box, click on "Insert," and select a type of text box you want to use, then type in your desired information. Once you have finished typing in the information, you can move or change the shape of your text box.

Change the template's picture, if you desire. Right click on the picture, and click on "Change Picture." This will take you to your Pictures folder, or you can direct it to the location on your computer where a picture you want to use is located. Double click on the photo you want to use.

Add a picture by clicking on "Insert," "Picture," then double clicking on the one you want to use. If you want to use clip art instead, select "Insert," "Clip Art," type in the type of clip art you are looking for, then choose from the selection that is presented to you. You can then resize and move the picture to where you want it located on your flyer.

Proof your flyer to verify that you have included all pertinent information, including contact information.

Save the file. To distribute the flyers for free, email them to those you want notified. Additionally, you can ask volunteers if they would make copies and distribute them as hard copies, or post them in high-traffic areas.

Creating a Flyer From Scratch with Microsoft Word 2007

Sketch out where you will want to place text and images on your flyer, and then create the verbiage for it.

Open a "New" Microsoft Word document.

Add pictures or clip art. For pictures, click on "Insert," "Picture," which will direct you to your Pictures folder. Next, double click on the photo you wish to use. If you prefer to use "Clip Art," click on "Insert," "Clip Art," type in the type of picture you are looking for, and then select an image from the ones that will be presented to you.

To add text, you can use either WordArt or insert text. To add WordArt, select "Insert," "WordArt" and then choose a style. Type in the text you wish to use, and click on "OK." To change the appearance of your WordArt, click on it, and then right-click it. Next, select "Format WordArt," and then use the tools in the message box that will appear to change the appearance of your text. To add a text box to your flyer, choose "Insert," and select a text box you want to use. Next, type in your text. Next, move or change the shape of your text box.

Proof your flyer to verify that you have included all pertinent information, then save your file.

Items you will need

  • Microsoft Word

Photo Credits

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