An integrated approach to good

We’re an agency that helps Christian non-profits accomplish more. With this clear focus, we collaborate with organizations to design effective fundraising and marketing strategies. The bottom line? We help organizations build deep relationships with their supporters and live out God’s purpose in the world. See the work

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Services

The concept of integration is at the heart of our work. Although our five service areas can operate independently, they produce the best results when used together. We work with our clients to identify their distinct marketing and fundraising goals, then choose the right services to accomplish them.

Most of our leadership have worked for non-profits. This experience led them to set up a business model focused on better work for the non-profit, not higher profits for the agency.

No Markups

You’ll only be charged the actual costs for products and services like printing, list rental and postage.

No Commissions

We accept no kickbacks for sending business to vendors, freeing us to find the best solution for your needs.

Fixed Fees

We give our clients a set budget each year, so they can plan ahead for a complete 12-month period.

We believe that to be effective, fundraising today must flow from meaningful engagement with your donors. Our approach, called Donors for Life®, a donor-experience management strategy, will help your non-profit attract and retain donors. Ask us how.

Traditional Marketing

Our traditional marketing services take care of the core of your marketing and fundraising needs.

  • Strategic Planning
  • Direct Mail
  • Newsletters
  • Collateral Development
  • Acquisition (Direct Mail, FSIs)
  • Major Donor Consulting

Digital Marketing

Your digital efforts should focus on the needs of your users. Our approach couples strategy, design and content with a near obsession with measuring how real people respond.

  • Website Redesigns
  • Optimization
  • Development
  • Online Promotion
  • Email
  • Mobile

Media

Targeting your audience is essential. We’ll help you effectively raise the profile of your non-profit and increase your revenue by identifying which channels and lists will reach your supporters.

  • Print Advertising
  • List Selection and Buying
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Digital Media Buys
  • Billboards, Door Hangers, etc.

Branding

A strong and consistent brand helps you stand out from your competition. We can guide you through the entire branding process from research to implementation.

  • Research
  • Discovery
  • Visual Identity
  • Message Architecture
  • Rollout Planning
  • Implementation

Analytics

Effective and accurate analysis of data can improve your results by explaining the reasons for your success and uncovering new opportunities for growth.

  • Donor Analysis
  • Revenue Forecasting
  • Monthly Income Tracking
  • Campaign Analysis Reporting
  • Segmentation and Donor Targeting
  • Long-Term Value Analysis
  • Media Attribution Analysis
  • Market Research
Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you increase the effectiveness of your efforts.

Case Studies

Jubilee Newsletter Redesign

Prison Fellowship

Our goal was to redesign the Jubilee newsletter for readability, and refocus the content to engage donors in a more personal way. This new format reports back on donor accomplishments and gives them the chance to give again.

521% The redesigned newsletter increased revenue 521% in a 3-month, head-to-head test. As a result, Prison Fellowship reached 5 times as many children of prisoners during the Angel Tree season.

Year-End Integrated Campaign

Focus on the Family

We developed an integrated campaign that utilized direct mail appeals, email, homepage overlays, custom landing and giving pages, paid search and video to increase year-end revenue. A “comment wall” encouraged donors to engage beyond a donation.

15% The campaign created a 15% bump in year-over-year revenue for Focus on the Family, and could strengthen 948,700 marriages with biblical wisdom and resources.

Hunger Poster Acquisition Kit

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine

In the midst of a multiyear decline in results and an increasing cost per sign-up, the 30 Hour Famine needed a breakthrough kit. Our goal was to connect more effectively with youth leaders with a kit that was more visually engaging and offered a valuable full-size poster as a leave behind.

78% This self-mailing poster beat the control for rental lists by 61% and the control for house lists by 78%.

PrisonFellowship.org Redesign

Prison Fellowship

We streamlined the content and design of the site to navigate visitors toward making a gift. Giving options are strategically presented, so that a next action is clear. The site incorporates mobile responsive design in order to create a seamless experience across devices.

The website redesign pushes visitors towards taking action and gives Prison Fellowship a future-friendly web presence through mobile responsive design.

Donation Experience Optimization

Jews for Jesus

We streamlined the content and design of the site to navigate visitors toward making a gift. Giving options are strategically presented, so that a next action is clear. We set out to help Jews for Jesus create a more effective donation experience. The project streamlined the giving process and optimized the form for mobile devices.

74% The newly optimized and mobile responsive forms increased the donation conversion rate 74%. The revenue raised funds to distribute over 1 million evangelical publications.

Our Clients

Masterworks Client since 2003

“When we first engaged Masterworks, it was not a part of our culture to look outside for help in strategy and marketing. But Masterworks won over our entire team.”

Jim Daly
President / CEO
Focus on the Family

Masterworks Client since 2005

“This is a great agency. They care about our ministry as much as we do. They are talented. They are partners with us.”

Craig Carpenter
Vice President of Development
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Masterworks Client since 2012

“We did a national search to find an agency that understood Christian values AND how to acquire, cultivate and retain faith-based donors. Our search began and ended with Masterworks. There is no agency that we encountered in our search that approached the donor as the hero to our mission and offered solid solutions to help us create lasting donor relationships.”

Matt Panos
Chief Development Officer
Feed the Children

  • African Enterprise
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Back To God Ministries International
  • CBM Australia
  • Christian Book Distributors
  • Citizenlink
  • Compassion International
  • Cru
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Feed The Children
  • Focus on the Family
  • Hope for the Heart
  • Issachar Initiative
  • Jews for Jesus
  • Josh McDowell Ministry
  • Lausanne Movement
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • North American Mission Board
  • NRB Network
  • Open Doors
  • Orange County Rescue Mission
  • Palmer Home
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
  • Starr Commonwealth
  • Teen Challenge
  • The Colson Center
  • The JESUS Film
  • The Navigators
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
  • United World Mission

Our Team

Steve Woodworth

President Read Steve’s bio

Carter Wade

Executive Vice PresidentClient Services Read blog posts from Carter

Ruth Schenk

Executive Vice PresidentAdministration, Finance, Human Resources Read blog posts from Ruth

Rory Starks

Executive Vice President, Strategic EngagementStrategy and Development Read blog posts from Rory

Dave Raley

Executive Vice PresidentAnalytics, Innovation & Strategy Read blog posts from Dave

Bob Ball

Senior Vice PresidentExecutive Creative Director Read blog posts from Bob

Kn Moy

Senior Vice PresidentStrategic Foresight Read blog posts from Kn

Shari Goetsch

Chief Innovation Officer Read blog posts from Shari

Steve Caldwell

Vice PresidentAnalytics & Insight Read blog posts from Steve

Heidi Henry

Vice PresidentStrategic Engagement Read blog posts from Heidi

Amy Hunter

Senior Vice PresidentClient Strategy Read blog posts from Amy

Ray Pokorny

Senior Vice PresidentClient Strategy Read Ray’s bio

Karen Burman

Vice PresidentTeam Director Read blog posts from Karen

Chris Madson

Vice PresidentTeam Director Read Chris’s bio

Barb Takata

Vice PresidentTeam Director Read blog posts from Barb

Curt Weigel

Vice PresidentTeam Director Read blog posts from Curt

Backed by a company of 100+

Our senior leaders are backed by over 100 marketing, fundraising and creative professionals. A combination of deep experience and young talent helps maintain the tension between doing the basics well and pursuing new thinking.

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About Masterworks

Masterworks is a full-service agency serving Christian non-profits. We deepen the impact our clients have in the world using an integrated approach to marketing, fundraising and branding. Since our founding in 1989, we’ve been privileged to serve organizations like Prison Fellowship, Focus on the Family and Feed The Children.

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