CreateAthon: Pro Bono Marketing for Nonprofits

Is your organization a nonprofit that needs marketing materials but has little or no communications budget?
Apply for CreateAthon and you can be selected to receive strategic and creative work absolutely FREE. At this 24-hour event, you’ll work closely with local creative teams to design essential materials or assets to promote your mission. Don’t miss this opportunity for pro bono marketing that would otherwise cost you thousands of dollars.

Apply today
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2017

How it works:
Applications will be reviewed, and eligible organizations will be selected in February 2017. Teams will then be assembled and meet to discuss the project. All team members and selected nonprofits are required to participate in the 24-hour workathon, which will take place in March 2017. All logistics and schedule for CreateAthon will be shared closer to the event date.

Is your nonprofit eligible?
We only work with organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • have little to no budget for marketing
  • no working relationship or contract work with a creative agency
  • able to participate and provide support during the 24-hour event
  • strong executive leadership, board and management
  • have a strategic plan or vision
  • the organization is stable and effective
  • located in the DMV area
  • has 501 c3 status

Projects we’re able to support:

  • Branding
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Promotional collateral
  • Social media strategy
  • Video stories
  • Web design
  • General advertising and strategy

Apply today
Deadline: Jan. 27, 2017


Are you a creative professional or student and want to volunteer?
We’re looking for designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, and programmers to be part of the pro bono CreateAthon teams. If you want to participate, fill out this form.



CreateAthon began as a single program developed by one ad agency for ad agencies, using a 24-hour creative blitz to provide local nonprofits with advertising and marketing solutions. Over 17 years, it has grown exponentially to include not just ad professionals but also students, corporations, and creative organizations interested in using their skills and talents to create social change in their communities. Visit for more info.

When & Where
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - Fri, Jan 27, 2017