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Waggener Edstrom gives us a CreateAthon play-by-play
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

There seem to be a few universal truths about every CreateAthon experience. Participants agree, staying up for 24-hours is a little bit crazy. OK, it’s a lot of crazy. At 8 a.m. a client’s enthusiasm for your work can make you burst into tears even before you begin your presentation. But what happens at 4... Read More

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: A CEO Reflects On Her Favorite Time of Year
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

 CreateAthon does more for me than it ever does for the nonprofits we help. It teaches me lessons. It humbles me. It makes me a better person. – Trish Cheatham, CEO, Think Tank In the late morning hours of Oct. 25, Think Tank CEO, Trish Cheatham,  sat down to blog about the successful completion of... 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 Coming: The Sales Factory's Survival Guide
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

The team at The Sales Factory of Greensboro, NC, will soon have 11 CreateAthon’s under their belt. In the past they’ve stayed up all night to offer nonprofits everything from identity branding to direct mail pieces.  This year is especially exciting because they’re bringing their newly opened San Francisco office into the fold.  So what... 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

The CreateAthon Clock Ticks For Waggener Edstrom
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

The next CreateAthon of the 2013 season is in full swing. Waggener Edstrom’s inaugural pro bono marathon begins today. We’re excited to see all of the great work they’ll produce in the next 24 hours. We asked Rhian Rotz, Program Director for Corporate Citizenship, to tell us how their team prepared, what local nonprofits they’ll... Read More

#2030NOW: Skills Based Volunteerism To Close The Technology Gap
  • Written by Jenni Brennison

 Mashable’s Social Good Summit is happening right now. For three days, the world’s most influential thinkers, activists, and techies will come together to share their ideas for using new media and technology to make the world a better place. Best of all, you don’t have to fly to New York to get a seat at... Read More