Strategy: Strategic Positioning

Chicago Foundation for Women

Background Chicago Foundation for Women is the leading Chicago-area grant making organization dedicated to supporting basic rights and equal opportunities for all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people. As CFW approached its 30th anniversary, the organization was looking for new messaging to freshen and clarify strategy andmission to build the case for support.. Following […]

The Chicago Network

Background The Chicago Network is the leading organization of Chicago’s professional women who have reached the highest levels of achievement in business, government, academia, nonprofits, and the arts. Through research, programming, partnerships and thought leadership, The Network seeks to expand opportunities for the advancement of women. By identifying key workplace challenges and celebrating successes, The […]

The Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation

Background The Chicago Public Library is internationally recognized for its leadership in reimagining the role of libraries, designing programs and promoting technology initiatives that connect Chicagoans of all ages and all backgrounds. The Library is a portal for opportunity in the 21st century. Many of the Library’s signature programs – from early childhood literacy to […]

Partnership for College Completion

Background The Partnership for College Completion, a nonprofit funded by leading foundations and individuals, is the only organization in Illinois working with colleges and universities to promote practices, programs and systems-change to ensure that low-income, first-generation students of color graduate from college. Through direct engagement with college leaders and policymakers, and through breakthrough research, the […]

The New York University Silver School of Social Work

Background The New York University Silver School of Social Work has been at the forefront of clinical education and social change for more than 50 years. The roll out of a new Strategic Plan, underscoring the Dean’s vision to more closely integrate research and clinical work, expand globally and increase student and faculty diversity, required […]

Illinois Collaboration on Youth and Pay Now Illinois

Background Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is the leading statewide member network advancing the interests of at-risk youth and families, delivering programs, services and advocacy. At a time of growing budgetary pressure on the human and social services sector, ICOY sought to raise visibility and understanding among the public, funders, and legislators of the importance […]

One Million Degrees

The organization has sought support for a range of activities, beginning with messaging for its tenth anniversary and largest fundraising campaign, and extending to extensive media relations to underscore the value of community college to students, communities, and employers and the linkage between its programs and student success.


One of the leading global architecture and design firms, Perkins&Will sought media relations counsel to assist its Chicago studio marketing and firm-wide corporate public relations teams in raising the visibility of leadership and the projects “that make a positive difference in the world.”

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is one of the country’s largest food banks, providing food to individuals and families facing food insecurity through a network of 800 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.