Create Good Fills a Void for Nonprofit Communications

Create Good Fills a Void for Nonprofit Communications


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More Than 100 Communicators Attend Sold-Out Event

Designed with nonprofit communicators in mind, the first-ever Create Good Conference was held in Raleigh, NC on Monday, March 16. Create Good inspired attendees by infusing practical learning with fun, creativity and energy.

With no other communications conference of its kind, Create Good sold out weeks ahead of the event, showing a real need for more events tailored to nonprofit communicators.

Presented by nonprofit communications agency, BC/DC Ideas, and sponsored by Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 125 nonprofit professionals convened in Downtown Raleigh to discover new strategies, tactics and creative ideas to tackle ever facet of nonprofit communications. Attendees walked away from this half-day conference inspired and confident to try something new.

“By providing a space for communications professionals to share creative ideas, understand industry best practices and gain the confidence to try something new, we are moving the nonprofit sector forward and arming communicators with the tools they need to create great work,” said Dawn Crawford, BC/DC Ideas.

In it’s first year, Create Good’s roster of speakers represented the region’s best and brightest nonprofit leaders including communicators from the NC Conservation Network, Food Bank CENC, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and many more. Kivi Leroux Miller president of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide presented the keynote address.

The sessions helped attendees tackle an array of nonprofit challenges from reacting to a crisis, finding funding, hosting a design panel, and using the latest technology to amplify a message.

Crawford added, “Each of the sessions were chosen with one goal in mind: to give attendees applicable lessons they can apply on Tuesday. We wanted everyone to go back to the office armed with real tactics and the confidence to try something new.”

Create Good is the first conference of its kind designed specifically for nonprofit communications professionals. Across the southeast, countless conferences are being offered but none have been tailored specifically to this group or their needs.

After the overwhelming response and success of the first year, planning is already underway for next year’s event. Visit the Create Good Website to join our invite list for the second annual conference scheduled for 2016.


About Create Good

Create Good is a half-day conference to inspire nonprofit communicators to try new ideas, complete current projects, and find like-minded professionals. The annual conference focuses on infusing practical learning with fun, creativity and energy to inspire nonprofit professionals to do great work every day. Learn more at or @creategoodcon.

About BC/DC Ideas

BC/DC Ideas is an independent, full-service agency that specializes in creating meaningful communications that makes a difference. Working exclusively with nonprofits, we bring our passion for storytelling, design, fundraising and sound strategy to help our clients achieve greater impact. Our team draws on extensive experience in nonprofit and corporate communications, marketing and advertising. Our greatest joy is working with clients who want to change the world. Learn more at or @bcdcideas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_text_separator title=”Media Contact” title_align=”separator_align_center”][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”15″][vc_column_text]Mary Alice Holley, BC/DC Ideas
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Kate Runy


A passionate technical wizard, Kate thrives on managing online content, social media for communications, and development projects.  Kate is the workhorse of the team, pulling out amazing feats of content creation and management week in and week out. 

Prior to joining BC/DC Ideas, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Go Global NC and Alzheimer’s NC.

Things that make her happy: I love animals about as much as I love working for nonprofits.

Mishel Gomez Cespedes


Mishel brings a passion for video storytelling and quippy social media content to the team.  At BC/DC Ideas, she is most likely editing video or scheduling the next moving social media post for our clients.

Her ear for storytelling is her greatest asset. Mishel has a unique ability to assemble content into a concise story that moves audiences to action.

A graduate of Wake Forest University she spent a semester in Spain and years serving her community through the campus organizations. Now, she is putting her passion for good to work.

Brian Crawford

creative director

Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. A natural problem-solver, Brian’s ability to cut to the core of any problem helps guide our creative team to the correct solution without wasted time or money. It’s the core, this little nugget of truth, that helps our clients take the next step with their audiences.

Brian gets the greatest joy out of helping our clients realize and connect with their story. He is a true believer that everyone and every organization has a compelling story to tell, you just have to listen with an open heart.

Things that make him happy: Hanging out at the park with family, toddler-speak, hitting the focus pull, and good coffee.

Dawn Crawford


The engine behind BC/DC Ideas, Dawn has dedicated her career to good. Dawn brings her considerable experience and expertise to helping elevate the nonprofit sector. Our team’s lead strategist, Dawn is often seen leading our IdeaStorms, penning communications plans, or checking in with clients.

Before launching BC/DC Ideas in 2010, she earned her chops in 10+ years of communications leadership roles for public health, healthcare and youth-focused nonprofits. Working for nonprofits is Dawn’s dream job, and she loves that her 40+ hours a week make the world a better place.

Things that make her happy: A glass of champagne to celebrate big wins, Basecamp, living in the South, seeing the world, and a well-formatted spreadsheet.