Posts Tagged ‘Creating Change’

Attention Nonprofits: Application for Discovery’s 5th Annual ‘Creating Change’ Now Available

September 4, 2014 | by aharris

Creating Change 2014At Discovery, we like to give back. And giving back is even more meaningful when you can leverage your personal passions and professional skills, as Discovery Communications employees have the last four years through Discovery Impact: Creating Change.

Creating Change is Discovery’s annual creative marathon that pairs talented Discovery teams with nonprofit partners in our community that can benefit from our expertise — through topic-focused workshops covering branding, social media and more and, more directly, by delivering campaigns and collateral that can be used to create a further impact for organizations. From designs for annual reports to PSAs, the 12-hour Creating Change pro-bono marathon has been rewarding for us and the wonderful nonprofits we are able to work with.

If you work for a 501(c)3 nonprofit that could benefit from some creative thinking or know an organization that would, we are now accepting applications for Creating Change 2014, to be held on November 6 at our World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. All applications are due by Wednesday, September 24 at 11:59pm ET and selected nonprofit organizations will be notified in mid-October.

Apply for Creating Change 2014 today!

Discovery Wraps Up Creating Change 2013

November 8, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Creating Change 2013As the work day began yesterday in Silver Spring, Discovery employees left their desks to join forces with community non-profits for the fourth annual Creating Change, our 12 hour probono marathon and conference. Throughout the day, employees broke into teams to address marketing, communications, creative design, HR, IT, and video production campaign needs for twenty nonprofits, while representatives from over 100 nonprofits attended a conference at Discovery featuring a series of sessions, presentations, and 1:1 consultations.

Today, employees met with the nonprofits to present their projects, which is always a moving experience, as the teams are so thrilled to equip these amazing organizations with the work they’ve done.

We’ve shared some photos from the event below (and many more on Facebook!) as well as social posts from the day on Discovery’s Creating Change site - we hope you’ll join the conversation with #ourimpact on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep us all Creating Change!

Creating Change Group

James Gilbey at Creating Change


Creating Change 1:1

Creating Change Group

Discovery Prepares to Kick Off Fourth Annual Creating Change

November 6, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Creating Change 2013In September, we asked non-profits to apply to participate in Creating Change, Discovery’s annual creative marathon that harnesses the talents of our employees to support our charitable partners in the community, and we’re excited to open our doors (and hearts!) tomorrow to welcome  nonprofits to our home at One Discovery Place for the fourth annual Creating Change.

Tomorrow, employees will donate their professional skills to complete projects for nearly 20 nonprofit organizations serving a number of community needs such as poverty, minority and youth education, and animal welfare. The following organizations will be working with us tomorrow:

Additionally, to address the needs of the over 80 organizations that applied for the marathon event, Discovery will once again hold a conference running concurrently to the marathon event on November 7. Every organization that applied to Creating Change will be invited to attend and hear from business leaders on relevant and timely topics to help them better navigate their competitive landscape. The conference will include sessions on social media, market research, branding, media training and creativity.

To conclude the day, Discovery will also treat conference attendees to a sneak peek screening of Science Channel’s The Challenger Disaster which airs Saturday, November 16 at 9pm EST on both Science and Discovery Channel.

Want to follow along? Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and by following #ourimpact on all three. We’ll also be sharing photos and posts from the day on Discovery’s “Our Impact” site.

Let’s create change!




Creating Change 2013: Now Accepting Applications

September 19, 2013 | by kdelmonico

Creating Change 2013As summer winds down and we ease into fall, it’s hard to believe that we are about to embark on our fourth-annual iteration of Creating Change, Discovery’s annual creative marathon that harnesses the talents of our employees to support our charitable partners in the community.

Each year, non-profits apply to participate in Creating Change to work with Discovery for an inspirational reset; to breathe new life into a campaign or to get an outside opinion on an internal pain point. Our employees are grouped into teams based on their skills and areas of expertise and then are paired with the organization where they can best lend their strengths.

This year, Discovery’s 12-hour Creating Change marathon will take place on Thursday, November 7, with final project presentations to selected nonprofit organizations on Friday, November 8. We’ve just launched our application for this year’s Creating Change, with a submission deadline of October 7, and invite verified 501(c)3 organizations to apply.

Best of luck, and we look forward to working with some of you this fall!


Creating Change 2012: That’s a Wrap

November 19, 2012 | by kdelmonico

As a third-year veteran of Creating Change, I can honestly say this is always a crazy day – crazy inspiring, crazy exhausting, crazy busy and crazy fun. Not only is it a great creative exercise to think outside of my normal day job and work on a project for one of our nonprofit partners, it’s always an awesome experience to work with some of the other talented Discovery employees that I don’t always interact with on a day-to-day basis. I always complete Creating Change with a newfound respect for my creative, smart and giving colleagues here at Discovery Communications.

Thursday and Friday marked the third annual Creating Change probono marathon, resulting in the completion of 32 different projects for 25 nonprofit partners, with deliverables ranging from print ads, to PSAs, to IT assessments. Hours of hard work during Thursday’s marathon culminated in successful presentations across the board on Friday, ending the week with a job well-done!


Go team!

Go team!

The Warrior Canine Connection Team

The Warrior Canine Connection Team

Teams Presenting Their Work on Friday

Presenting the Final Product

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing


Discovery Employees Ready to Make an Impact with 3rd Annual ‘Creating Change’

November 14, 2012 | by aharris

Creating Change 2012Months of planning are about to pay off — for our employees and a great group of organizations that we have the pleasure of working with. Creating Change, a 12-hour creative marathon and conference. Discovery employees will volunteer their talents and skills to nonprofits in need of marketing, communications, social media, creative and business services.

Social media is always an area of great interest for the organizations that apply for Creating Change, and this year we’ll be hosting breakout sessions and one-on-one time to provide inspiration and information about this and other disciplines. I’m also excited to share a new microsite we’ve launched for the day at The site will feature updates from all of those taking part in the marathon and conference from both Twitter and Instagram.

We’d like to extend a big welcome to those organizations who have been accepted (listed below) and to everyone who will be joining us in the morning for a day of enlightenment and learning!

To follow along and join the conversation about Creating Change make sure to follow @DiscoveryComm and use the #ourimpact hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!