Let's Get Busy

Let's Get Busy is a speed date style event, connecting nonprofits to consultants in branding, graphic design, web design, social, and strategy—hosted by designer and educator Precious Bugarin and nonprofit consultant Toni Tabora-Roberts. We’ve kicked off this fun event during Design Week Portland on Wed. April 26, 5-7pm—to engage nonprofits with all the exciting things happening around our city.

Our goal: make connections, inspire action, and keep the conversation going.


Why should my ORG check it out?

(Here are a few conversation starters for your speed date)

  • Learn how to save money on your printed projects

  • Have a consultant take you through the creative process

  • Have a designer critique your logo

  • Ask questions about your website design or platform

  • Interview potential consultants for a specific project

  • Get feedback on your tagline

  • Find potential designers to partner with for your next fundraiser or gala

  • Get ideas about the best ways to engage your audience through social media


Meet & Mingle

Our event takes place at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. (Thanks PICA!) You’ll have the opportunity to view the real world nonprofit branding work that takes place in their program! Meet creatives, students, and other nonprofit colleagues!



Now, Let’s Get Busy! Bring  your questions or specific projects to our consultants in three, 10 minute speed dates. We know you'll make some great connections in a short amount of time.



Our lively guest speaker Nina Narelle will facilitate us through an interactive talk, reflecting on our experiences and exploring collaboration between creatives and nonprofits. We'll be documenting the talk and plan to share a visual round up/takeaway after the event.




Nina narelle, speaker

As a catalyst of systems change, Nina Narelle brings over 15 years of experience in organizational design and systems thinking to inform her work leading organizational transformation. As a consultant with XPLANE, she helps groups dream big into their future state and emerge with stronger relationships and clear agreements for experimenting into the future. Her areas of specialization include: Design Thinking, Social Equity and Diversity, Leadership Development and Coaching, Visual Thinking, and Fun and Joyfulness as an Accelerator for Challenging Work. She has worked with a wide range of organizations from Fortune 500 companies, nimble start-ups, foundations, and non-profit and government agencies.


Toni Tabora-Roberts has more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit and private sectors in a variety of roles including development, program management, communications, outreach, and grantmaking. She has particular expertise and passion for arts, culture, media, education, and social justice work. She recently founded Esper House, a communications and management consultancy, and creative services firm.


Jen Wick Studio is committed to the art of relationships and meaningful work. We have a passion for creative communication and work with clients who believe in and work towards social change. 

We create engaging, relevant design systems and editorial solutions for clients in the arts, publishing, education, and nonprofit industries.


Active in social media marketing since its inception, Will brings more than a decade of experience in social strategy and advertising to the R/West team, specializing in designing and implementing strategies to convert online engagement into measurable action. With a strong record of leading both creative and technical teams, Will has provided support to the authors of “Facebook Marketing all-in-one for Dummies.” is recognized as a National Anti-Bullying Champion as well as National Cyber Security Champion for his commitment to keeping the internet a safe and secure place for everyone.

the beauty shop

The Beauty Shop is a boutique creative studio in Portland, Oregon. We provide agency-level design at an intimate scale with elegant and inspired branding at the core of each project.


Indivisible Creatives Is a Portland-based nonprofit offering free graphic design, web development, and other creative services to organizations fighting for social, environmental, and civil rights causes.


We are Factory North. We are front-of-the-house people, artists, musicians, food-lovers, nerds, entrepreneurs and problem solvers. Our various backgrounds drive our inspiration. Maybe it’s just us, but work without enjoyment seems pretty pointless. That’s why getting to know our clients is so important to us, and why we feel invested in their success. At the end of the day, we sincerely believe in what our clients are putting out in the world.

Darsey Landoe

Darsey Landoe works as a designer, wordsmith and occasional photographer for non-profit organizations. She uses story-telling as the basis for compelling non-profit design work, to connect supporters to the deep mission of an organization, aligning them with a tribe of others with shared values. 

Darsey is interested in the fine line that distinguishes when designers’ work for non-profit should be pro-bono or paid. Understanding this boundary, and its effect on both designer and non-profit, leads to enduring relationships that benefit both parties.

Jenna Cerruti, prichard communications

At Prichard, we use our communications superpowers to make the world a better place. We create strategic communications to help top-tier foundations, nonprofits and purpose-driven brands advance their causes. Account Director Jenna Cerruti leads Prichard's client work, working closely with foundations and their grantees in public health and human services to shape strategic plans, define their audiences, and implement effective communications like strong messaging. Account Manager Addie Shrodes manages projects that forge diligent audience research with digital-first tactics to capture and communicate client stories.

addie shrodes, prichard communications

precious bugarin design, host

Precious is a creative director, designer, and educator. She creates brands for business and non-profits, as well as social stationery for clients across the country. Her design work and teaching focuses on branding for social good and the arrangement of effective and beautiful type. She has worked with Nike Well, The National Juvenile Justice Network, Reclaiming Futures, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, and Write Around Portland among others.


Chris’s experience in higher education and professional practice has served students and clients alike through vision planning, brand strategy development and creative leadership. A recent project with students and the Oregon Environmental Council, Migration Brewing and The Institute of Sustainable Solutions used graphic design to show the relationship between climate change, human actions and quality of life through the process of brewing a carbon conscious beer. What a great way to save the planet! Chris is a member of the faculty at the School of Art + Design, College of the Arts at Portland State University and at Pacific Northwest College of Art.