ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Branding a Foundation Initiative

We All LIVE Here graphic with woman sitting on steps. St. Louis Community Foundation's initiative InvestSTL event
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InvestSTL is an initiative of the St. Louis Community Foundation, working to transform St. Louis by creating stronger, economically and racially diverse neighborhoods. 

Objective

When the St. Louis Community Foundation decided to evolve its work to create initiatives that improve St. Louis, leaders knew they had to begin with the fabric of the region: neighborhoods. InvestSTL, the first initiative the Foundation developed, strengthens neighborhood associations with funding and expertise. To introduce the InvestSTL model, we worked with the Foundation to craft a brand and kickoff event focused on the heart of St. Louis: its people.

Strategy

We viewed InvestSTL as a sub-brand of the Community Foundation, so we needed a flexible identity with elements that would complement the Foundation brand. We connected InvestSTL to the Foundation through the use of the words Live and Give from the Foundation’s long-time tagline, “Live here. Give here.” We also built on the Foundation’s main royal blue brand color with complementary colors and created messaging that clearly indicates to potential donors their responsibility in funding the initiative.

We all GROW here graphic in royal blue for St. Louis Community Foundation InvestSTL initiative

Neighbors make the case

The stories of the people who live in the neighborhoods impacted by InvestSTL truly show the impact the organization could make with more funding. Through a partnership with Humans of St. Louis, we gathered photography, stories and quotes from real people who are experiencing first-hand the negative effects of disinvestment in their community. These stories, used on direct mail pieces and larger-than-life graphics, inform community funders and key stakeholders about the depth of need in each neighborhood.

St. Louis Community Foundation's initiative InvestSTL event boards with images of people that told their stories. We All LIVE here. We all GIVE here. We all GROW here.
print invitation to St. Louis Community Foundation's initiative InvestSTL launch event with images of neighborhoods

St. Louis, Meet InvestSTL

The Community Foundation was ready to introduce InvestSTL to its closest advisors and donors at an annual Open House event, but they wanted their guests to be able to deeply understand and interact with the initiative. We created large-scale posters to share stories, statistics and quotes from influencers about the need for and potential of InvestSTL. Table top storytelling ensured that all guests could get to know the people of the InvestSTL neighborhoods, and interactive activities, like asking guests to post their dreams for St. Louis on the posters during the event, created action and interest.

Posters showing St. Louis statistics, people and quotes in support of St. Louis Community Foundation's initiative, InvestSTL
InvestSTL event table top cards with St. Louis community member stories
InvestSTL event table top photo stands as leave behinds for the St. Louis Community Foundation event
InvestSTL event table top photo stands as leave behinds for the St. Louis Community Foundation event
We all LIVE here t-shirt on a woman for the InvestSTL event

“We had people tell us they were sorry to miss the InvestSTL Open House launch event just from seeing the invitation! That's the kind of interest we wanted.”

Neosha S. Franklin, MA, Marketing & Communications Manager

Results

By coupling clear and concise calls to action with real and vivid stories, guests were able to quickly and clearly understand the need in the communities and feel compelled to become involved.

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