CreateAthon® is a 24-hour event during which creative professionals and students come together to provide pro bono services to nonprofits. Will you be fuzzy-brained and bleary-eyed at the end? Most likely. But will you get to work with passionate, like-minded creatives, eat a lot of good food, and give back to the community? Definitely.

CreateAthon is an excellent way to network and work side-by-side with other creatives, add work to your portfolios, and benefit a great non-profit. Meals and beverages will be provided throughout.

Apply today.

Projects from past years include:

  • Thrive DC 40th-anniversary brand campaign
  • Veterans on the Rise marketing campaign
  • STABLE fundraising campaign
  • Community Advocates for Family and Youth marketing campaign
  • All About Caring Project logo and rebranding campaign
  • Only Make Believe promo/marketing materials

Non-profits for 2019 will be announced in mid-March

How CreateAthon Works 

  • Creative volunteers apply by March 1, 11:59 p.m.
    • Volunteers will be chosen based on the projects and needed skill sets.
    • Selected volunteers will be notified on March 10
  • Kickoff meeting
    • All participating nonprofits and volunteers attend a kickoff meeting on April 5
  • CreateAthon DC begins
    • The 24-hour event will take place on Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Exact times forthcoming.)
    • Nonprofits review their projects at a presentation at the end of the event.
    • Nonprofits have one day to provide feedback, request changes or approve.
    • Volunteers have one day to make changes and deliver final files to the nonprofit.

Have more questions? Email Elyse Kamibayashi at