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We develop digital communication campaigns to inspire supporters
for social action, political campaigns, not-for-profits and brands.

because we are swell

what we do

We develop communication programs that build community, raise money,
and change minds - creative online campaigns that get people excited,
sharing, and activated to create real and lasting change.



We turn your good ideas into great ideas by developing actionable and measurable programs.



At our core we are problem solvers. People who understand what success looks like and how to get results.



What you say is important to you. How you say it is important to your readers. What people do with that information is important to us.



We develop social campaigns that cut through the chatter and speak directly to your supporters so they can activate their networks online and off.



We build handsome websites that drive action and provide clear and measurable ROI.



Our team fully engages with you and your campaign goals so you see real results fast.



We help moderate content, manage communities and create buzz for your social media campaigns.


We Build Android

With 1.4 billion users, Android is by far the world's most popular operating system and, arguably, Google's most popular product after Search. Facing billions in potential fines and regulation that could cripple the platform, Google asked Swell to identify, educate and activate Android stakeholders.

The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a $3 billion foundation, needed more than a new website. It needed to re-think how it organized and promoted its countless campaigns, programs, and grantees. Swell took the the Endowment's digital presence back to the drawing board and delivered a completely new, modern digital experience worthy of the foundation's epic mandate, and worthy of a few design awards, too.

Los Angeles Football Club

Looking to quickly create a fanbase for a MLS team that didn't yet exist, LAFC turned to Swell to build the brand, website, and, most importantly, a community of engaged fans. All in two weeks.

United Way LA

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles needed a fresh approach to reach a younger audience. We got to work creating a new brand, website and voice to help a new generation of Angelenos get excited about giving back.


On the heels of a successful campaign to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Google hired Swell to blue-sky concepts to avoid more flawed legislation ending up on the House Floor.

Inner-City Arts

Inner-City Arts is one of the top arts education nonprofits in the country, giving kids from poor LA neighborhoods and money-strapped schools a world class arts education. When they hired Swell to get their digital tools up to speed and create an effective, online fundraising campaign, we knew there was more at stake than just hitting fundraising goals. We were working to foster LA's next generation of creatives and art-minded professionals.


CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to positively transform our relationship with our communities and with each other. In just a few years, CicLAvia has become a well-loved, regular, open streets event that brings together hundreds of thousands of people throughout Los Angeles.


Inspired by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, an alliance of local and national organizations, communities and corporations came together to focus on helping America's young men of color reach their full potential in school, work and life. The goal was to convene a conversation on how each of us can support our #SonsAndBrothers.

Raise the Wage

Los Angeles isn't the first city to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour, but it is by far the largest with more than twice the population of San Francisco and Seattle combined. As a result of the Raise The Wage campaign, 800,000 low-income Angelenos will get a $5.9 billion raise, putting LA way out in front of the national debate. Here's how Swell, along with some amazing partners, organizers, and thought-leaders, made history.


As the side of a building in Downtown LA was being transformed into a billboard for the California Endowment's #Health4All campaign, Swell hatched a concept and a website to leverage the power of this visual moment.

Aspen Institute Task Force

An initiative supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Aspen Task Force is a group comprised of 20 leaders in technology, public policy, education, business and online safety who are exploring learning in a connected age. The final report will be released in early 2014.

Family Online Safety Institute

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is a leading international advocacy organization working to make the online world safer for children and their families. Swell was hired to assess FOSI's strengths and opportunities, examine current supporter engagement, and make recommendations for how FOSI could improve its Platform for Good brand, website and supporter recruitment and engagement programs.


Aeras is a global non-profit biotech advancing new tuberculosis vaccines. Together with our friends at AptOne and Gather, Swell set out to highlight Aeras's unique presence in the market and their innovative work in the search for new TB vaccines.

Truth on Prop. 32

In the summer of 2012, the backers of Proposition 32 had enough signatures to qualify for the California November ballot. Prop. 32's goal was to systematically eliminate working peoples' and unions' ability to participate in the political process by barring campaign contributions.

Ovation TV

On January 1, 2013 Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks dropped Ovation from their channel lineup. Ovation is the only arts cable network in America and a key element in the national arts delivery system.

TB & MINING Campaign

The world's gold binge is helping to fuel a TB crisis in the mines of Southern Africa. And South Africa—one of the world's largest mining countries—has the world's highest rate of TB infection. 9 in 10 miners in Southern Africa have TB.

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