Case Study – Tuerk House

Case Study – Tuerk House

Tuerk House

The healing powers of marketing help a nonprofit go from zero to $2.5 million in fundraising in just one year.

  • Collateral
  • Media planning
  • Public relations
  • Social media
  • Strategic planning
  • Video
  • Web design & development

National Gold Award: Print/Design Davey Awards
National Gold Award: Annual Reports — Aster Awards
National Silver Award: Web Design & Development Healthcare Advertising Awards
Best in Maryland Award: Annual Reports Public Relations Society of America Maryland

Tuerk House—a pioneer in addiction recovery—was preparing to launch an ambitious multi-million capital improvements project that would transform its aging campus into a state-of-the-art treatment center. In recent years, however, leadership shake-ups had pushed fundraising into a dire state of neglect. They had—literally—no donors actively supporting the organization.

Knowing that messages delivered as stories can be up to 22 times more memorable than just facts*, we developed a transformational nonprofit marketing strategy around one of Tuerk House’s most valuable assets: stories of hope. These stories were brought to life through a new website, an annual report, brochures, social media, earned media coverage, and more.

In its first year of new marketing, Tuerk House secured more than $2.5 million in grants and donations (up from $0) towards its capital improvements project. The marketing was also praised by the United States Director of National Drug Control Policy (the nation’s “Drug Czar”), James W. Carroll, during his visit to Tuerk House. “They say that God holds us in the palm of His hand,” he remarked. “But when you look at this [design], there are two hands. The other hand: that is Tuerk House.”

*Source:, “A Good Presentation is About Data and Story”