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.

It’s a determination to be positive, purposeful & progressive

We strive to ensure all individuals feel included, accepted and welcomed. Our work with our clients, partners and our teams reflects these values, and we are committed to continued learning and growing as our world evolves.

Our Commitments

We’re committed to learning. We actively engage in training that helps us expand our thinking and open our minds to new perspectives. We view learning as a life-long journey of self-evolvement.

We’re committed to being good people. We welcome employees, clients and vendors of all backgrounds. We cultivate a culture of listening. We work to assume positive intent, and we honor individuals’ respective cultures and traditions.

We are committed to being a creative force for good. We develop strategies that recognize audiences of various backgrounds. We utilize research and our skills to significantly impact people’s lives.

We’re committed to mindfully improving our hiring process, so all potential employees and candidates feel welcomed. This also means we create a culture where each employee feels they can thrive and succeed in the workplace.

We’re committed to seeking out diverse viewpoints and input. We acknowledge and listen to input from within our teams and outside our teams. In this culture, each voice is treated with respect and dignity.

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.

Human-First Storytelling. + -

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.

Honest Collaborators. + -

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.

Electrified Fundraising. + -

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.

Meet Our Team
Amperage marketing agency core values
Years in business
Volunteer hours a year
Wine Wednesdays

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 offices in Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wausau, Wisconsin. The timeline tells our story.

  • Opened as ME&V
  • Launched 1st Website
  • New Cedar Falls Building
  • Inc 500 Company
  • 23rd Century Productions Merger
  • Opened Cedar Rapids Office
  • Cedar Rapids Flood
  • Placed 1st Digital Ad
  • HRB Merger
  • Topped $10 million in billing
  • 1st Snapchat Filter
  • Creative Communication & Design Acquisition
  • 1st Alexa Skill
  • Hansen Henley Yoder Lamb Acquisition

Electric culture

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.

The Coveted Golden Chicken Awards

When your branding line is ‘Move the Needle,’ the only award worth winning is results. But there is still a need to recognize work that stands on the legs of 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.

Golden Chicken Winner
Rachael Holland, AMPERAGE director of marketing, with her own Golden Chicken.