Creative as a Force for Good
A patient’s quality of life improves. A foster-care child is adopted. A nonprofit breaks ground on a dream new facility. A student finds the right college. A new family secures their first house. A business makes a connection half a world away.
These are the significant ways our creative positively impacts people’s lives. It is this vision that drives our work. Our purpose-powered campaigns inspire action toward a better world. It is creative that moves people and moves the needle. A force for good in our communities, our country and our world.
We believe in doing work that positively impacts people’s lives in significant ways. So it’s no surprise that our areas of focus are healthcare, education, nonprofits, finance & insurance, and manufacturing/B2B.
AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising is a leading marketing agency and fundraising consulting firm, serving clients across the Midwest, the nation and occasionally even the globe from our offices in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
No Super Stars. Super Teams.
AMPERAGE is a team of 40 sharp, savvy marketing professionals with diverse backgrounds and a collectively impressive skill set. Together, we bring a broad range of expertise to client projects to boost the power of their brands.
To do creative work that has a positive impact we must understand the real experiences of our stakeholders. So we invest in insight. We bring our teams together, and we find the human stories that have authenticity at their heart.
Collaboration is our true strength. We listen to hear, not just respond. We strike a creative spark in working together with our clients to optimize resources and establish a marketing strategy. By building strong partnerships and trust with our clients, we electrify their marketing and fundraising efforts.
AMPERAGE’s fundraising consultancy is a powerful mix of fundraising expertise and full-service marketing. Our proven campaign process gets results — in part because our smart fundraising advisers are backed by a powerhouse team of marketing strategists, designers, writers and digital specialists.
We Love Sports Metaphors.
From marketing to fundraising, our deep bench strength and complete portfolio of services amp up your brand and marketing efforts for an electrifying win.
Years in business
Volunteer hours a year
The Amperage Story
Our creative force has been at full strength since 1996. Today, our team is serving clients across the region, country and world from our Iowa offices in Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wausau, Wisconsin. The timeline tells our story.
Our work positively impacts people’s lives in significant ways.
Our culture is based on building brands with purpose and branding with style
Culture is more than ping-pong tables in the office and Bring Your Dog to Work days. Culture is the underlying energy we bring to our work, our clients and each other.
The impact occurs in momentous moments
From special-needs adoption to specialized children’s heart surgery, from a nonprofit groundbreaking to breaking out the Champagne for a first-time homebuyer — all are the result of sophisticated marketing that adds energy and momentum to people’s lives.
It’s a determination to be positive, purposeful & progressive.
The Coveted Golden Chicken Awards
“When your branding line is ‘Move the Needle,’ the only award worth winning is results,” said Mark Mathis, chief creative and strategy officer at AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising. “But there is still a need to recognize work that stands on the legs of great creative work and great results.”
After finding that most advertising awards shows are designed only to generate money and many employed disconcerting judging procedures, AMPERAGE decided to no longer enter creative awards shows. It was a difficult decision, but one right for the economic times and for client needs. The problem is that awards do not take into account the most important criterion. That single standard is the ultimate success of the creative work.
So we designed our own internal awards program that honors creative, strategy and, most importantly, execution. You must Move the Needle or no award is given.
We call the awards the Golden Chickens. Why a chicken? Chicken symbolism asks you to take the time for internal evaluation, and that is what we are doing. There is also a story of a chicken on a photo shoot that adds to the chicken folklore.