Hi there!

We’re an award-winning online services company committed to listening carefully to our nonprofit and small business clients and helping them achieve their goals.

If your company or organization needs help with online strategy, design, development, or implementation, we can help.

Services

Is it online? Then we probably do it.

Strategy

Whether you need to raise more money, increase sales, or collect more signatures for a key campaign, we have the expertise to help you out.

We’re fluent in the tools and strategies that’ll help you get more out of your investment in the online world. Whether you need advice about social media, help writing more engaging emails or site content, or assistance selecting the right technology, we’ve got you covered.

Design

Need to upgrade your website’s look? Starting a new company from scratch? Need an eye-catching email template for a new campaign? Our team can help!

We’re savvy in visual design, from logos and branding to complicated, multifaceted websites. Our approach blends creativity with modern usability best practices, and an understanding of your audience’s needs to produce work that’s beautiful, memorable, and effective.

Build

We have the skills to turn your ideas into reality. We’re savvy with code and experienced with a variety of platforms and technologies.

Drupal, WordPress, Convio, Salsa, NationBuilder, MailChimp? No problem. Responsive design, Javascript, CSS3, HTML5? Every day. Facebook App? Been there, done that. Our familiarity with different solutions lets us implement the one that’s right for you.

Maintenance

We believe in empowering our clients and providing great training, but we’re also happy to help with copywriting, software and security updates, email campaigns, ongoing support and the like — whatever helps you keep your online presence humming along.

And although we find it easiest to service and support what we’ve built, we’re also willing and able to assist with pre-existing systems.

Portfolio

Client List

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  • MBI

    MBI

    WordPress
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Template Customization
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    October 2015

  • Global Health Report Card

    Global Health Report Card

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design

    April 2013
    for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

  • MIC Coalition

    MIC Coalition

    WordPress
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    May 2015
    for Glen Echo Group

  • Team Packard

    Team Packard

    Convio
    Convio TeamRaiser
    Event Design
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design

    April 2015
    for

  • RightCare Alliance

    RightCare Alliance

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Donation Form Template
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Multi-step donation form
    Template Customization

    October 2015
    for Lown Institute

  • Pasado’s Safe Haven

    Pasado’s Safe Haven

    PetFinder
    WordPress
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    January 2015
    for Pasado's Safe Haven

  • W. Kamau Bell

    W. Kamau Bell

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    March 2014

  • MI Lead

    MI Lead

    WordPress
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    January 2015
    for Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications

  • Innovation Policy Day 2015

    Innovation Policy Day 2015

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Content Migration
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization
    Wireframing/UX

    March 2014
    for Glen Echo Group

  • Chicago Reporter

    Chicago Reporter

    WordPress
    Largo Customization
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    January 2015

  • United for Zero

    United for Zero

    Salsa
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Salsa API
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    January 2013
    for Global Zero

  • Religious Action Center

    Religious Action Center

    Salsa
    Donation Form Template
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Multi-step donation form

    July 2015
    for Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism

  • Public Interest Network

    Public Interest Network

    Salsa
    Donation Form Template
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Petition Template
    Responsive Design

    April 2015

  • Free Speech for People

    Free Speech for People

    WordPress
    Drupal to WordPress Migration
    Front-end Development
    Information Architecture
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Petition Template
    Responsive Design
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    June 2015

  • Student Conservation Association (SCA)

    Student Conservation Association (SCA)

    Convio
    Drupal
    SalesForce
    Back-end Development
    Card Sorting
    Content
    Content Migration
    Convio API
    First Impression Testing
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Usability Testing
    Web Design

    February 2014
    for Student Conservation Association

  • University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

    University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

    Drupal
    Custom development

    July 2015
    for

  • Girls Education Initiative Ghana

    Girls Education Initiative Ghana

    WordPress
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    October 2014
    for The Girls Education Initiative of Ghana

  • KeepAmericaFishing Day

    KeepAmericaFishing Day

    Fishidy
    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Responsive Design

    June 2014
    for Keep America Fishing

  • Sharsheret

    Sharsheret

    Drupal
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design

    May 2015

  • David Black: Falling off Broadway

    David Black: Falling off Broadway

    WordPress
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    January 2015
    for David Black

  • National Security Network

    National Security Network

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Content Migration
    Front-end Development
    Information Architecture
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design

    April 2015

  • SCA Spirit Wall

    SCA Spirit Wall

    Convio
    Drupal
    Back-end Development
    Convio API
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design

    May 2013
    for Student Conservation Association

  • NYC Alliance for CNR

    NYC Alliance for CNR

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Branding Implementation
    Content Migration
    Front-end Development
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    May 2014
    for City Harvest

  • Women, Action, and the Media

    Women, Action, and the Media

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Salsa API
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    March 2013
    for

  • Brighter Futures Michigan

    Brighter Futures Michigan

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    February 2014
    for Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications

  • American Anti-Vivisection Society

    American Anti-Vivisection Society

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Content Migration
    Donation Form Template
    First Impression Testing
    Front-end Development
    Fundraising
    Information Architecture
    Petition Template
    Responsive Design
    Tree Testing
    Usability Testing
    Web Design
    Website Audit
    Wireframing/UX

    September 2014

  • Friends of the Earth

    Friends of the Earth

    Salsa
    Fundraising
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Wireframing/UX

    March 2014

  • West End Strategy Team

    West End Strategy Team

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Content Migration
    Front-end Development
    Information Architecture
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design
    Wireframing/UX

    April 2015

  • Symbolia Magazine

    Symbolia Magazine

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design

    March 2014

  • Waterkeeper Alliance

    Waterkeeper Alliance

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Responsive Design
    Web Design
    Website Audit
    Wireframing/UX

    June 2014

  • Evangelical Immigration Table

    Evangelical Immigration Table

    Salsa
    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design

    November 2013

  • Project Largo

    Project Largo

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Responsive Design

    February 2014
    for Investigative News Network

  • Packard Center: Fiesta 5K

    Packard Center: Fiesta 5K

    Convio TeamRaiser
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Web Design

    January 2013
    for Packard Center for ALS Reserach

  • Sex Worker Rights are Human Rights

    Sex Worker Rights are Human Rights

    WordPress
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization

    April 2015
    for Open Societies Foundation

  • Acumen Consulting Group

    Acumen Consulting Group

    WordPress
    Back-end Development
    Front-end Development
    Mobile-Responsive Coding
    Responsive Design
    Template Customization
    Web Design

    January 2013

  • Access
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Chicago Reporter
  • Childrens Defense Fund
  • Clean Water Action
  • Endangered Species Coalition
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Gig-U
  • Global Zero
  • Government Accountability Project
  • Jersey Shore Hurricane News
  • League of Women Voters
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Lown Institute
  • Media Impact Funders
  • National Immigration Forum
  • National Security Network
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • NTEN
  • Orion Magazine
  • Our Bodies Ourselves
  • Packard Center for ALS Reserach
  • Pathfinder International
  • PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
  • Public Interest Network
  • Reproductive Health Access Project
  • Salsa Labs
  • Say No to Big Money
  • Sharsharet
  • Sharsheret
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Team4Tech
  • Texas Freedom Network
  • The Peace Alliance
  • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
  • Voice of OC
  • W. Kamau Bell
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
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We worked with Cornershop Creative to make our advocacy emails and action alerts more useable for people on mobile devices. Cecily took all of our ideas and input, and refreshed all of our templates for responsive design. Very good work, and I highly recommend Cornershop.

Jon Hoffman, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Blog

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Visual/UX Designer

We’re seeking an awesome Visual and UX Designer to join our distributed nine-person team as a U.S.-based full-time employee. The core responsibility for this position will be to craft engaging website experiences that are both easy… Read more

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Call for Speakers: WordPress Day at 16NTC

We’re looking for fabulous speakers to lead sessions and panels during WordPress Day, taking place March 22, 2016 in San José, California as a part of the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Submit your session today! Read more

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Welcome, Chelsea and De’Yonté!

We’ve been too busy to give our two newest teammates, Chelsea and De’Yonté, a proper welcome here, but believe us — they’ve already been hard at work (and play)! We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome these two… Read more

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WordPress and AJAX: An Introduction

There are a lot of ways to go about implementing AJAX in WordPress, but some ways are better than others. After identifying some “no nos” we’ll then dive into two good approaches, the first being admin-ajax.php. Read more

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Mobilegeddon – It’s here!

Google recently gave us the best reason to optimize your site for mobile visitors: if your site isn’t mobile-friendly, it will get bumped down in search results! Read more

Values

We Respect Our Clients

We’re not here to get rich; if that was the case, we’d go into investment banking or found a startup with missing vowels in the name. No, we’re here because we love helping people achieve their goals. We know it’s not our clients’ jobs to be tech-savvy like we are, and that’s cool: we recognize that our clients bring their own insight and expertise. We respect your perspective, and respect the constraints — time, budget, etc. — you work within.

We Think Long-Term

We prefer lasting relationships with our clients over one-off, “fire and forget” work (which isn’t to say we won’t do one-offs, mind you). We’re more interested in clients who are looking to build long-term relationships with their customers and constituents and can see the big picture; sometimes it takes a little more investment up front to craft more flexible, future-friendly websites.

We Respect Ourselves

We’re a small team, and each of us has our own values and needs. We’re interested in working with clients who treat us as equal partners, not just the “hired help.” We’re not interested in working with organizations and causes whose values and goals conflict with our own beliefs (sorry, Tea Partiers). While the success of our clients is incredibly important to us, so are our families, and we aim to maintain a healthy work/life balance that keeps us energized and happy with our jobs.

We’re Good Citizens

We work to ensure that we’re doing everything the right way, from how we bill our clients to how we write our code to how we credit others whose work we rely and build upon. It’s about giving back to the communities we draw upon, and leaving the world (wide web) a better place than we found it.

We Respect Users

We identify with and respect the folks who use the sites we build, and we aim to create services and experiences that make sense to them. It’s not that sites need to be simple and engaging because people are dumb or don’t care; it’s that we’re all busy and have a legitimate expectation that things be easy to use. We acknowledge the realities of what users want and need, and fine-tune our work until it makes our clients (and their clients!) happy and engaged.

We Kick Butt

At the end of the day, we strive to do work that’s really, really good and that we can be proud of. It’s not just about being “good enough” that our clients are satisfied — it’s about taking care of the little extra things and subtle details that make a big difference in how successful a project is, whether before, during, or after it’s done.

Our Team

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Ira Horowitz

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Ann Arbor, MI

With 15 years’ experience, Ira has become an expert in nonprofit online communications and online fundraising. Working with hundreds of organizations, Ira has managed and executed many web projects that have resulted in increased funds and resounding engagement.

Ira’s core responsibilities are to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget, and to provide our clients with the best possible final product. Ira also manages all of our strategic engagements and helps guide nonprofits to determine their long-term strategy goals for online communications.

Prior to founding Cornershop, Ira was the Senior Project Manager at Firefly Partners, where he managed online projects including website design/builds, CRM deployments, and online strategic planning. Ira also served as the Online Organizer for Free Press, where he executed online campaigns that were awarded the 2007 People’s Choice Webby Award for Best Activism Website and the 2008 Convio Innovator Award for Best Advocacy Campaign. Ira has also previously served at American Jewish World Service, Fund for Public Interest, and Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.

Ira resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, son, daughter, and two awesome cats.

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Lesley Molecke

Co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer

Grenoble, France

Lesley has been working on the web since she was in high school and ran her own small web design shop before she could drive. Prior to founding Cornershop Creative, she served as Web Manager for Albuquerque Public Schools — one of the largest school districts in the nation — where she oversaw the main district site, 62 department sites, and 140 individual school sites.

Lesley has extensive experience performing user testing and usability studies, rewriting and improving complex language to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, and helping organizations adopt the right technologies to achieve their goals. Her heart really belongs to nonprofits and small businesses, where she can see the tangible benefits of a healthy web presence: donations, connections, engagements, and sales.

Lesley earned an English degree and an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico. In 2012, she and her family began a new life in Grenoble, France, where her husband is pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Strategy. Lesley’s location allows Cornershop Creative to work virtually around the clock!

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Ben Byrne

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

Richmond, IN

Ben has a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and has been designing professionally for over 15 years. In order to found Cornershop Creative, Ben left his position as Senior Front-end Developer for New Signature, where his extensive experience with languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript were put to good use implementing his designs on several CMS platforms, including WordPress and Drupal.

Prior to joining New Signature, Ben worked as the lead graphic designer and web developer for Firefly Partners. Before that he was at Free Press, where he rolled his own CMS in addition to designing countless brands, brochures, and websites (one of which garnered a “People’s Choice” Webby award).

He has presented on the difference between print and web design, web typography, WordPress widgets, high performance front-end performance optimization and other topics at various organizations and events. Ben lives in Richmond, Indiana with his wife, two kids, and labradoodle Barcelona.

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Nick Ortiz

Web Developer

Rio Rancho, NM

Nick’s love for the web started early, when he built his first web pages for fun in middle school. Since then, he’s studied graphic design, digital media, and web technology, and has worked in both freelance and in-house development positions. His passion has always led him to the web. We’re proud that he’s Cornershop’s first full-time employee.

Nick is a great team player who likes the idea of people using their unique talents and skills to help others. His talents and skills include his customer focus, his tenacity, and his breadth of knowledge in a variety of web languages, including PHP, jQuery, CSS, and JavaScript. He enjoys customizing WordPress custom fields, post types and taxonomies to supercharge the CMS.

Nick lives just outside beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, son, and two dogs.

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Monica Patel

Project Manager

Ann Arbor, MI

Monica has been working in strategic communications, online & social media campaigning, and fundraising for more than a decade. After earning a law degree from Lewis & Clark, she become an advocate for environmental health and justice, gravitating towards e-advocacy.

Before joining Cornershop Creative, Monica spent seven years as a climate organizer and creative director for the Ecology Center. While there, she mobilized health professionals to speak out against new coal plant proposals, developed and maintained the market-based campaign site HealthyStuff.org, and organized community members to take action on climate change. She has organized everything from green home bike tours and garden challenges to brand and website redesigns.

Monica currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and two wacky dogs.

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Chris Harmoney

Senior Developer

Iowa City, IA

Chris Harmoney began coding in elementary school and has been telling computers what to do ever since. After completing a BA in Economics at Washington State University, he went on to receive a graduate certification in Systems Engineering for Software Intensive Systems from Carnegie Mellon, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

Chris worked for Boeing for over 10 years, starting as a student intern, and staying on as an analyst, programmer, and security advisor.  Developing and supporting an eclectic collection of enterprise web and mainframe applications exposed him to an alphabet soup of languages and technologies. Since joining Cornershop Creative as the senior backend developer, Chris focuses on architecting and developing CMS and CRM solutions that snugly fit client’s needs and budgets. When the opportunity arises, he delights in integrating new products and vendors into established processes.

Chris believes in the power of the Internet to help organizations succeed in their missions. He’s a vocal fan of the EFF, and shares that organization’s passion for internet advocacy. Chris, his wife, and his two cats currently live in Iowa City, IA.

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Chelsea Bassett

Project Manager

Rosholt, WI

Chelsea’s passion for quality communication, authentic relationships, and creative nerds inspires her work, and her hyper-particular organizational talents serve her well in her work as a project manager. 

Prior to joining Cornershop, Chelsea spent nine years learning how to embrace technology, even though she grew up kind of hating it. Her appreciation for progressive nonprofits and social change led her to Salsa Labs where she worked in technical support, product development and marketing before joining the Cornershop team in 2015.

Chelsea has degrees in music and sociology, which were really important when her main goal was to become rock star. One of these days, she’ll live closer to real internet, but for now, she tolerates two cats with her husband and two kids at the end of a dead-end gravel road in Wisconsin.

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De’Yonté Wilkinson

Front-End Developer

Crofton, MD

De’Yonté’s a late-80s baby who found his passion for web design and development during MySpace’s hey day, when he helped his friends create awesome profiles. From there, he studied New Media and Computer Science at Salisbury University, and spent three years at a digital marketing firm, specializing in WordPress and conversion optimization before joining Cornershop as frontend developer.

In his off time he enjoys cooking and learning new skills. He also speaks fluent english and broken french (Franglais). He lives in Crofton, MD with his wife where they enjoy spending time outdoors and hanging out with family.

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Bethany Lang

Project Manager

Pittsburgh, PA

Bethany is a former nonprofit fundraiser who didn’t like asking people for money. She transitioned out of fundraising and into nonprofit tech as the head of training & implementation for NeonCRM, where she helped nonprofits move their data and processes to a new database. Bethany loves spreadsheets and is passionate about helping nonprofits work toward their missions through well-managed technology.

She is a born-and-raised yinzer and talks about Pittsburgh every chance she gets.

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