an integrated branding, marketing, and communications consultancy dedicated to delivering winning strategies and assets for nonprofit organizations, cultural and educational institutions, and businesses devoted to doing social good
an integrated branding, marketing, and communications consultancy dedicated to delivering winning strategies and assets for nonprofit organizations, cultural and educational institutions, and businesses devoted to doing social good

"Don't let the fact that Nancy is new to consulting fool you. She's worked with so many consultants in her career, she knows exactly what works and what doesn't.

"The Ford Foundation seized upon her considerable experience, adaptability, and strategic smarts to work with us on a high-visibility project, and she delivered. We've now got her working on another important project for us and have been very pleased."

Alfred Ironside,
Vice President for Global Communications,
Ford Foundation

OUR PROCESS

The DCCS approach is both collaborative in style and action-oriented.

DO THE HOMEWORK

Our work with you begins with identifying the answers to revealing questions about institutional awareness, employee participation, changing perceptions, and underlying goals. This is a crucial step, as mistakes are often made when people rush to create something lavish/bold/quirky/new without a full understanding of what they are trying to achieve or just whom they are trying to reach.

CLARIFY THE SCOPE

Research and focus groups may follow. DCCS will then develop a creative brief and/or scope of work that not only details a timeline and budget for deliverables, but also clarifies our understanding of your underlying goals and what tactics we suggest using to address these needs.

Three things set Donner Creative Communication Strategies apart from others who do this:

CREATIVE VISION + EXACTING IMPLEMENTATION [+]

DCCS applies both blue-sky thinking and detailed project management to every endeavor. Our strength as creative individuals is our ability to invent, innovate, and articulate big picture events, programs, and campaigns.

But success is in the details. We also excel at implementation. We are exacting in our abilities to plan, budget, staff, and make that vision a reality.

TARGETED TACTICS [+]

While our arsenal of skills includes public relations, marketing (social, digital, traditional, and otherwise), design, video, broadcast, and more, it is our integrated approach that can give your organization the edge. Too often, companies predetermine a single route to a solution, without considering the many marketing avenues now available.

Different audiences at different times require different tactics. It's the proper combining of tactics targeted to your unique goals and audiences that yields the best results.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE [+]

DCCS understands how to cut through clutter and bureaucratic layers. Even small organizations have rules and procedures that must be followed.

Years of working with large not-for-profit organizations, with many sets of key stakeholders — all of whom want and deserve a voice in the process — have taught us the importance of factoring this input into the process.