CUDO Gives


Design to Make a Difference.

CUDO Gives is a weekend create-a-thon where designers, artists, and other creatives can collaborate on a marketing project for a local non-profit. This year CUDO is creating original artwork and design to benefit The Courage Connection. The event will be held Friday from 6-9pm at [co][lab] and Saturday 9am-5pm at Surface 51.

Courage Connection offers emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, tenant-based rental assistance, and job training to individuals who are escaping domestic violence. CUDO aims to create inspiring visuals and messaging that embodies the strength, resilience, and determination of the people served by Courage Connection.

Finished work will be displayed during the Boneyard Arts Festival April 7 & 8 and be used in Courage Connection’s future marketing materials.


Get Involved

We are currently looking for designers & artists to take part in the event March 31-April 1. Participants will collaborate with other creatives to develop art assets and messaging based on the client brief. All creatives are welcome to participate, regardless of whether they are a current CUDO Member or Friend.


Our Schedule

Colab Urbana

Friday Night

The event kicks-off at 6pm at the [co][lab] (206 W Main St, Urbana). Our volunteers will meet to discuss ideas and themes on giant whiteboards while enjoying pizza and drinks. Our objectives for the night include:

  • Review the creative brief & client materials
  • Brainstorm as a group
  • Assign tasks, create work teams
  • Create preliminary designs and sketches



The event continues at 9am at Surface 51 (804 N Neil, Champaign). Our volunteers will bring their creative tools to the venue (laptops, computer workstations, art supplies, etc.) and we’ll bring the food (& caffeine!) to power them throughout the day. Volunteers are free to come and go as their schedule allows.

We will conclude at 5pm, sharing the work we’ve created with the whole group.


The Goal

CUDO Gives is an opportunity for creative professionals to make a difference for nonprofits in their community. CUDO Gives is also a fun, challenging and incredibly rewarding event, providing a space to collaborate and create with other talented people. The designs that we produce will help Courage Connection build greater awareness locally, reaching more people in need of their services as well as more donors and volunteers.