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CreateAthon Blog

An Experiment in Giving Back
  • Written by Teresa Coles

Sixteen years ago CreateAthon was a grand experiment. Our biggest concern wasn’t if we could get all the work done; it was more whether our rag-tag crew of volunteers could even stay awake for 24 hours! Little did we know, we were onto something big. That 1998 CreateAthon was the inaugural effort of what’s now... Read More

CreateAthon 2013: One Night in 50 Tweets
  • Written by Julie Turner

Been wondering what went down in the wee small hours of CreateAthon while you snoozed the night away? With 14 pro bono marketing marathons happening simultaneously across the United States, things got quite interesting. Here’s how 24 hours of creating, planning, designing, writing, coding, and stress eating looked from the Twittersphere. [<a href="//storify.com/KeelySaye/top-50-createathon-posts" target="_blank">View the... Read More

Saying Yes
  • Written by Teresa Coles

This morning, hundreds of people in the communicating arts woke up to the longest day of the year. Twenty-four hours of intense brainstorming, sketching, writing, shooting, editing, coding, eating, yawning, laughing and crying. Why would anyone put themselves through that? I’ve thought a lot about that in the 16 years since CreateAthon was born here... Read More

#CreateAthon and #PBW13: Let's go viral.
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

Pro Bono Week is here, and we’re just days away from launching 14 simultaneous CreateAthons across the U.S. and Canada. Whether you’re a participant or just curious about the magic and mayhem behind our 24-hour blitz of skills-based volunteering, be sure to find us on your favorite social media network this week. Visit our Facebook... Read More

Need a professional test? Try CreateAthon.
  • Written by Julie Turner

It’s easy to say yes to giving 24 hours of your marketing whiz (and life) to benefit local nonprofits through CreateAthon. But once you’re an official volunteer, that’s when the squirrelly feelings can start creeping in. CreateAthon co-founder and long-time creative director Cathy Monetti has calmed 15 CreateAthons-worth of terrified writers and designers. Just take... Read More

It's almost here! Oct. 20-26 is Pro Bono Week!
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

Last year’s Global Pro Bono Summit gave rise to a new movement in skills-based volunteering. Inspired by the American Bar Association, Taproot Foundation invited summit attendees to join in a week-long global celebration of professionals  donating their skills to the nonprofit community. From IT assistance to Human Resources, many nonprofits simply don’t have the budget... Read More

CreateAthon is Like a Brick Car
  • Written by Julie Turner

By day, Tim Floyd is graphic design and brand manager for Palmetto Health. But this talented art director and artist also knows a thing or two about being a successful CreateAthoner. For about five years running, Tim has donated 24 hours of his immense brainpower and talent to his friends at Riggs Partners, who founded CreateAthon in 1998.... Read More

VCU Students Catch Pro Bono On Film
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

On September 20, VCU’s CreateAthon on Campus team stopped by Red Thinking to witness their pro-bono magic in progress. Nick Marfing, a VCU CreateAthon student, shot this great video documenting the agency’s strategy for making the most of their 24-hour creative blitz to benefit local nonprofits.... Read More

Raise Your Hand If You CreateAthon
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

 Ever volunteered for a CreateAthon all-nighter? Join us in showing the world who’s sharing talent and sacrificing sleep to benefit local nonprofits.Visit our Facebook page and join the CAT Call.  Click on the CAT Call app to get your own CreateAthon badge. During the week of Aug. 5-11 we’re asking all volunteers, past and present,... Read More

Sharing CreateAthon Magic and Mayhem
  • Written by Julie Turner

One thing that’s great about CreateAthon? We are not alone. Since the nonprofit allnighter began in 1998, the mother of all workdays has been joined by more than 75 partner agencies and creative organizations as well as 1,275 hard-working nonprofits. Despite the frantic pace and pressure, we’ve managed to score some big fun along the... Read More