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The end has come. Round three of #CelebrateAdobeCC — our three-month contest highlighting how nonprofits use Adobe products to spotlight their work and mission — is a wrap. Our last round closed with more amazing submissions. Our winners represent a little glamour from the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, plus some creativity from Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Literacy Services of Wisconsin. Check out their submissions below.
Plus, we wanted to share all the winners in one video, created with Adobe Voice, a free tool from Adobe. Enjoy the video, and thanks for all the creativity shared by the nonprofits that participated in our contest.
Our gold prize goes to the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Who would have thought that Games of Thrones and bingo, with some help from Adobe products, could go so well together? But they do! Straight from Sister Mary of the Russian River Sisters:
"The Russian River Sisters take lifetime vows to promulgate universal joy, to expiate stigmatic guilt, and to serve the underserved in our community through fundraising and outreach. Sister Scarlet has been using Adobe Creative Suite(s) and now Creative Cloud obtained through the good folks at TechSoup to make engaging event posters and print-ready programs, as well content for our website and social media. And we have used Adobe Acrobat to create fillable forms for sponsorships, parade entries, [and] grant and scholarship applications. Manifesting beautiful content is easy with Adobe!! Thank you TechSoup!"
Our Silver Prize — a free one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud — goes to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco, California. This poster was created using Adobe Photoshop to polish the clay horn and gold details, then InDesign to complete the layout of the text and images.
Photoshop helped to clean up the photos and make the gold number 15 really pop. By using Adobe InDesign, staffers were able to arrange and re-arrange all of the text (including the long list of event dates) until it made a great-looking, easy-to-read combination with the photos.
Yerba Buena also shared how TechSoup helps them out:
"With TechSoup's offerings, we are able to have the best tools in business for our office. We use Adobe products that help to make exciting and easily understandable graphics: from the printed schedules for concertgoers to the season report for funders. Microsoft Office and FileMaker are essential programs we use every day in production to collect, create, and share information. Thanks to TechSoup, we're able to save time and money, putting more of our budget and efforts toward the artists our audiences want to see on stage."
Our third place, bronze prize goes to Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW). LSW provides motivated adults access to basic education needs with the support of hundreds of volunteers and countless donors. LSW will receive a free PhotoShop Elements and Premiere Elements and we're proud to support its efforts with this prize. LSW shared with us:
"Effective communication is crucial to the success of any nonprofit mission, and this is especially true when you serve a population that struggles with reading. Adobe design software empowers our agency to better communicate our story and the stories of our students with stunning visuals and supporting graphics. Our 50th anniversary book, Unlocking Potential, is one example where we transformed the inspiring narratives of our students and tutors into a beautiful and accessible publication. [Because we're] operating on a small budget, this high-end software would not be reasonable for us to acquire if not for the significant discounts we receive from TechSoup. We are grateful for the ability to create such powerful pieces using professional tools within our nonprofit budget."
So that's the close of #CelebrateAdobeCC. For three months, the TechSoup team looked forward each day to seeing the submissions that came in. We were impressed by everyone's creativity and created this little video to showcase our winners. Thanks to everyone who submitted. TechSoup is proud to help support so many nonprofits as they communicate their missions and impact on their communities.
Lewis Haidt Senior Manager, TechSoup Online Community and Social Media @lewisha