While other agencies that provide similar services to nonprofits have entry points that can be $50,000 or more for an initial engagement, we are committed to making our services affordable and can scale projects to fit within a nonprofit’s specific budget. Our entry points are much lower. We work with clients with budgets of as little as $1,500 to more than $500,000.
How are we able to do this?
Because we only work with nonprofits, we are used to (and not scared of) limited budgets. As a result, we often get referrals from traditional agencies approached by charities (who cannot afford them). It takes experience to know how to get things done with less funds. Our work spans nearly 15 years, so we have a lot of projects under our belts. This “hindsight ahead of time” (as we call it) is a huge benefit to the causes we work with.
We understand the unique challenges of work a board of directors, additional stakeholders and sensitive subjects. Without a experienced team, these things can quickly add up to going way over budget. We will work with you to make your budget work. It also helps that we don’t have the same overhead as agencies with New York City or San Francisco headquarters. Our structure is such that we can be affordable and flexible, without layers of expensive account executives or other staff.
The bottom line is, it is our mission to make great services affordable to nonprofits of all sizes.
We can also help organizations prioritize their marketing wish lists, making sure they tackle what is needed most first.
SHOESTRING’s mission is to deliver top-notch services at discounted rates to nonprofit organizations. Our goal is a 40-60+% discount off the actual market value of our services.
One of the many ways we are able to achieve this is because we are not set up like a traditional agency (with layers of account executives). Our model is different, which allows nonprofits to not only afford our services but also work directly with the experts they need.
And don’t think you are getting less just because we strive to be affordable on shoestring budgets. Unlike agencies that offer the same scope of services, no one with less than 10 years of experience does any billable work for our clients. No unexpected hand-offs to interns or entry-level folks, we promise—no strings attached.
Contact us to learn more about how our agency has a different bottom line.