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Big Sea

We empower mission-based organizations to amplify their purpose through impactful storytelling.

Since 2005, this distributed team of 30 industry veterans provide growth strategy, storytelling, digital marketing, and website development services to nonprofits, museums, and research institutions around the country. 

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For nearly 20 years, we've been building digital fundraising campaigns and growing recurring revenue using impactful storytelling, modern technology, and personalized relationship.   From digital campaigns to powerful email appeals, we combine emotional stories with seamless asks - making your giving experience not just frictionless -- actually enjoyable.

We do this by fully integrating your favorite fundraising tools (FundraiseUp!) and your website for a seamless donor journey.  Add a splash of HubSpot to amplify your marketing and you'll soar. 

Our credentials:
  • 20+ years building WordPress websites & custom integrations
  • HubSpot Gold Partners
  • 25+ year media buying veterans
  • PhD'd creative storytellers & copywriters
  • Innovative and empathetic designers and CRO wizards
  • Brilliant marketing strategists
  • Kind, funny, and incredibly great humans (we guarantee you'll love working with us)

More money = more mission and we're here to help you earn it.


Fundraising and Digital Marketing Strategy

We'll dig deeply into your organization's unique challenges and opportunities to develop a strategic approach to growing your online giving and increasing recurring donations. 

Website Design & Development

We build primarily on WordPress and HubSpot, using our conversion-based journey framework to guide donors through impactful and contextually relevant storytelling to encourage increased giving and subscriptions.  

HubSpot Marketing

We'll help you build stronger relationships with your donors by automating their journey and your communication, amplifying your messaging through social, and integrating all of your donor tools and marketing in one complete solution.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Our SEO nerds will help your organization's programs and services rise to the very top so that your constituents and community members always keep you top of mind when they're looking for what you offer.

Google and Bing Grant Management

Milk as much as you can from your free digital dollars through our tested approach to grant campaign structuring.

Digital Advertising

Build fundraising funnels that convert higher dollar amounts using creative and persuasive appeals across programmatic, Google Display, PPC, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms.  We even buy across traditional channels like radio, billboards, and television - all based on a strategic approach to media buying the comes with 25+ years of experience.


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Mark Vargas
COO & Director of the Library and Archives Revs Institute

The team at Big Sea was collaborative, timely, efficient, and listened to our specific needs. They were very clear in the timeline, costs, steps needed, and specific outcomes. I was most appreciative of their willingness to design and implement solutions that fit our needs, and not use a cookie-cutter approach. Without hesitation, I would recommend Big Sea to any organization that needs web design work.
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Justine Burke
VP, Marketing & Communications at Metropolitan Ministries

So happy to partner with Big Sea. We can’t accomplish our mission without you. Thank you for your part in helping us serve so many families in need — we were able to impact the lives of 244,000 people! It was a crisis and people responded. Our marketing mix was spot on.
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Andrew Anderson
President and CEO, Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN)

The amount of work was staggering, but Big Sea guided us through it. They brought a lot of resources to bear so we had what we needed when we needed it. It was a joy working with them — everybody was very professional, very skilled, very talented.
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Alexis Crabtree
Director of Visual Engagement, Mote Marine Labs and Aquarium

The Big Sea team has been our advisor, mentor, brainstorming partner, SEO guru and general jack-of-all-trades go-to when it comes to our website. Big Sea’s ongoing support makes successful management of our site possible for our small in-house communications team, and we’re so thankful for that!
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Katie Hawkins-Gaar
Executive Director, Digital Women Leaders

I felt like everyone at Big Sea was very attentive and responsive, and I also felt like all of my needs were met. I am thrilled with how the site looks and how it’s working, but maybe even more importantly, I have received such good feedback from people who have emailed in, are shouting it out on Twitter and social media.
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Jonathan Goodman
Director of Development & Communications, Champions for Children

There were likely a number of factors that played into this growth, but I have no doubt that the ad campaign and fundraising email copy you all provided contributed meaningfully. On top of the dollars, the Big Sea content also earned rave reviews — our Board Members and staff were excited to see our ads popping up on their screens, and proud to forward the email content to friends they wished to solicit.