Bringing Power and Clarity to Nonprofit Communications

Our Clients Say...

Our Clients Say...


“I have worked with Karen and her team at 501creative in the past at other agencies, and I’ve been looking forward to the day I could bring their design brains and muscle to Pi Beta Phi Foundation, which we were finally able to do in the last year. I keep coming back to them because they understand the balance a nonprofit must strike in producing outstanding materials in a way that conveys stewardship of our dollars, and they are always, always focused on the best way to tell our story visually and thematically. They’ve designed our terrific new, interactive website to meets the needs of several audiences and an outstanding annual report that our donors love. They have helped us tell our story in new, engaging ways and they consistently anticipate our needs and exceed our expectations.”

Teri Champion Chadwick, Pi Beta Phi Foundation

"Maryanne did a fantastic job as always. Our board enjoyed the presentation and they are now working on reevaluating our programs in response to her excellent presentation. We will definitely recommend 501creative to our partners in the field."

The Bridge Outreach

"Over more than 10 years of work with 501creative, they have consistently turned out excellent work—on projects that span the gamut from large to small, print, digital, etc. One of the qualities I appreciate most is their bent toward problem solving. They don't expect their clients to have all of the solutions, but rather help discover the right solution through the process of working together. Due to their exclusive focus on non-profits, they understand our space and help us get the biggest bang for our buck."

Eileen O'Gorman, Food for the Hungry

“501creative helped us achieve our goal in creating a resource website to help families save and plan for college. Their design and creation took our website to the next level, and we have received overwhelming positive response with families, our schools and in the industry. They captured the core theme of an interactive and informative site and executed it flawlessly.”

Abigail Peche, Tuition Plan Consortium

“501creative beautifully told the human stories of those served by the JCC through the campaign materials. They were quick studies and captured the essence of the agency and its rich history. Their experience articulating the case for support made a big difference.”

Michael Rubin, Michael D. Rubin & Associates

"I feel that 501creative is an advocate for our cause. In the nonprofit world, it's all about building trust and relationships and feeling confident that someone is working "with you" to communicate the message, develop a quality product and doing it all within a tight budget. Thanks for having our back!"

Jackie Smith, Miriam School

“The video was a smashing success. The congregation applauded after each showing and the feedback we have received thus far is that people thought it was compelling and tastefully done. Several people said that it moved them to tears. Thank you so much for producing a top notch piece on a very short timeline. It has been a pleasure to work with you.”

Carol Wolf Solomon, Congregation Temple Israel

“The annual report was a huge hit at our annual meeting for board members last night! I heard so many wonderful comments about the design and look. We are so grateful for your help and guidance on this project to really turn out a report that tells public radio’s story. Thank you again for the outstanding work. It is a joy to work with such an talented and gracious team!”

Shelley Kerley, St. Louis Public Radio

“Not having an in-house graphics design team to draw on, it’s been great having 501creative on call…I feel comfortable knowing all our material will soon have a consistent look and feel. Having an agency dedicated to nonprofit needs is a wonderful tool!”

Pat Simpson, Parents as Teachers National Center

“I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to work with 501creative. I know I speak for YIMI when I say we are very happy with you guys. The pieces look great and our relationship with you is awesome. We really appreciate your service…your organization is top-notch. Looking forward to our continued relationship.”

Paul Rawlins, Youth in Ministry Institute/Covenant Seminary

“Campaign energy fluctuates, and projects can move in fits and starts. One of the talents of 501creative is their ability to keep campaign message and materials creation moving forward. 501creative has supported campaigns for our clients, and when there is a gap in ideas and concepts, they always take known content and generate new and fresh ideas, new energy.”

Jana Byington-Smith, Second Gift

“Karen has created an extraordinary resource for the nonprofit sector, providing top-notch staff skilled in all aspects of strategic communications planning and delivery. 501 was integral in helping Trailnet re-define and strengthen our brand through website development coupled with design of print materials. I would highly recommend 501creative to any nonprofit looking to get their communications and marketing started or to take it to the next level.”

Lynn deLearie, Trailnet

“501creative gets it. They understand non-profit needs. They make my life sane. And the final product is effective and gorgeous. You won’t find any better in St. Louis.”

Katherine McGowan, Humane Society of Missouri

“501creative became Forest ReLeaf’s agency of record shortly after its founding….and what a great decision that was! The magic and energy of Karen Handelman and her staff helped the agency capture three awards, including the prestigious National Arbor Day Foundation Education Award. St. Louis truly is blessed to have a full-service firm dedicated to the nonprofit arena…and nobody does it better than 501creative.”

Mary Sherfy, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri