Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Rebranding
As a part of my course work, we were required to choose a charity and create materials that could help increase donations to the charity of our choice; this acted as a rebranding as well. I selected the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to be the focus of my work. My selection of this charity was based on a personal affinity, my family and I are originally from Maryland.
Following my selection came in-depth research to determine the problems that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation faced and what could be done to reinvigorate it. The research found that donations had fallen during the period of the 2008 recession and had yet to return to their previous levels; despite similar charities seeing a greater return. Much of the problems for the charity involved a brand that stale, a focus that was too narrow, and a charity that had matured beyond its original scope.
Another issue faced by the foundation was recognition. It had no public face donors could associate with the brand. Research shows donors are more likely to give if they have a positive association with the brand and those that represent it. The foundation needed a "Brand Evangelist", a celebrity endorsement that would foster that positive association. Mike Rowe, creator and Host of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, who also happens to be a Baltimore native was a perfect match for this. Rowe is a beloved television star who is known for being funny, thoughtful, and down to earth. After Mike's selection the message was crafted to mix the foundations message and Mike's trademark delivery. The ad above was created as a result to present that new voice and reinvigorate the foundation.