Expand Your Impact.

Digital marketing for nonprofits.

Nonprofits have complex messaging needs, with audiences that include donors, board members, volunteers, service recipients, and the community at large.

At build/create studios, we come alongside our clients to hear about their mission, vision, and values first-hand. Then we partner with their team to create nuanced digital communication plans that tell their story from the heart.

From custom tool development to community storytelling, we’re here to help you achieve your goals.

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Client Spotlight: Focused on Community

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) works to create positive change with far-reacthing economic and civic impact. We rebuilt their website, developed branding resources, and supported their marketing team with writing that put the spotlight on people.


CFSEM’s old website had such poor content architecture that it was difficult for them to update. We created flexible content types to help them tell their story.

We built an event planner to publicize events, gather information about attendees, and sell fundraising tickets, plus extra features such as a location map and organizer contact info.

The tools we developed through the events planner, blog page, and resources archive helped CFSEM share their message authentically with with donors, sponsors, and community members.

“Build/create studios is an incredible team. Reliable, responsive, creative, and intuitive, build/create carefully assessed our organization and previous website to ensure that our new site was tailored to our immediate needs with an eye for solving future problems. The design and functionality of our new site provide a strong foundation for a more deliberate and structured approach to our external communications strategies.”
Ashley Collins 
Digital Marketing Manager, CFSEM

How We Tell Your Story

We don’t walk into sales meetings with one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, we begin all our client interactions with a thorough needs analysis, so that the proposal that lands on your desk is one that fits your goals and your budget.

As a digital marketing company, we pride ourselves on the way our services integrate with each other to support our clients so that their branding, website, and marketing operate in unison. Based on our discovery conversations, our proposals include the following elements:

BRANDING. Our branding services range from a simple refresh to a comprehensive revisioning. Grounded in research and with an eye for long-term strategy, we will create a look and feel for your company that will be recognizable at a glance.

WEB DEVELOPMENT. We build websites with a focus on usability and UX. Not only can we help you restructure your site architecture for more intuitive, user-focused navigation experience, we’ll also fulfill any custom dev needs on your wish list.

DESIGN, VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY. Whether you’re looking for drone videography to showcase your manufacturing facilities, on-site photography to bring a human face to your business, or marketing collateral for an upcoming conference, we can help.

MARKETING STRATEGY. We develop and execute marketing campaigns that include SEO-based content writing, paid media, landing pages, case studies, email, and PowerPoint design. We’ll put brand and website in place, then help drive traffic.

Aperture Content Marketing Case Study

Our client spotlight only begins to scratch the surface of everything we did for Eagle Technologies. We also created downloadable sell sheets, collaborated with their sales team to redesign their sales presentation, wrote high-profile content pieces for their blog and LinkedIn, and supported the writing of key internal communication pieces. Download our case study to learn more about what we did, and see the before and after pictures for yourself.

“When it came time to create a new brand that showcased our evolving business model, build/create really took the time to dig in and develop the look, feel, and messaging that represents our new approach and shines a light on the diverse ways our business helps community colleges succeed. The team at build/create have been more than an agency to us in this process; they have been true partners. We’re excited to continue working with a business that understands our brand at such a rudimentary level.”

—Dana Donley | President, Aperture Content Marketing

Client Spotlight: Creating an authoritative aesthetic.

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) fosters regional entrepreneurial growth in Southeast Michigan through workshops, contests, and grants. They hired us to implement a brand refresh across their new website.

We used NEI’s annual report on the state of entrepreneurship as a launching point for the design of the rest of the site. The result was a sleek, publication feel that was in-line with their print collateral.

We worked closely with NEI’s branding team on iterations of the design to ensure our final product matched their new guidelines.

The editorial feel enhanced brand authority to improve the overall credibility of their site. The final design was bold, vibrant, and professional—exactly what you would want to see from an entrepreneurial incubator.

“We have been working with the team at build create for over five years, and they have always excelled at meeting our needs. In 2016, they helped us re-launch our website following a much-needed refresh of our brand. Build create’s customer service was exceptional throughout the process, and their final product was exactly what we had hoped it would be.”
—Matt Lewis | Senior Communications Officer, NEI