She Makes It

Campaign: She Makes It
Company: Nordstorm, Piece & Co.
Nonprofit Partner: None
Launch Date: March 9, 2015

Campaign:

Nordstrom and social enterprise Piece & Co. have just revealed a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Eight brands (Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch) worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their pieces – dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags. The collection will be available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com. By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands are able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co. 

Our Take:

Nordstrom has recently started dipping its toe into the world of social impact and so far, their initiatives are woven into the very fabric of their product, a smart place to start. As a high end retailer, teaming up with well known designers to utilize unique, handmade fabrics expands their product line to offer distinctive pieces not found on the racks of competitors. The fact that the fabrics empower women in developing countries makes the line and its related story all the more compelling.

UNICEF Kid Power

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Campaign: UNICEF Kid Power
Company: Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks and city Mayors
Nonprofit Partner: U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Launch Date: March 4, 2015

Campaign:

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has announced the launch of Kid Power, a partnership with three city mayors and local sports teams to encourage elementary school-age kids to get physically active while helping save the lives of their peers in developing countries. Kicking off in New York, Boston and Dallas this month, 10,000 participating elementary school students will monitor their physical activity with fitness bands that display the number of steps taken and number of points earned. Program supporters will convert students' points into monetary donations toward the purchase of therapeutic food. A full day of physical activity translates into five Kid Power Points, which will ultimately convert to one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a peanut paste that is used to save the lives of children with severe acute malnutrition.  The UNICEF Kid Power program also includes in-classroom curriculum and educational activities focused on childhood malnutrition.

Our Take:

The concept of kids-helping-kids is an extremely powerful one, well executed in this campaign from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Empowering children to take control of their daily activity starts to change the tone of the obesity conversation from top-down to bottom-up. Incentivizing kids to participate by equipping them with the knowledge that their small steps can translate into meaningful change for children across the world is a tangible and, seemingly effective motivator. In a pilot study last year, school kids engaged in the program were 55 percent more active than those not participating.

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes

Campaign: Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes
Company: Squarespace
Nonprofit Partner: Share Our Strength
Launch Date: February 1, 2015

Campaign:

All-in-one website publishing platform Squarespace has announced a partnership with Jeff Bridges launching during Super Bowl XLIX. The collaboration, "Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes", brought to life on DreamingWithJeff.com, features a unique album of relaxing sounds, guided meditations, and stories designed to lull you to sleep. The sleeping tracks are free to stream online as a 'pay what you like' release on Jeff's Squarespace site and benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign. Limited-run cassette tapes and vinyls will be available for sale on the website following the ad's debut, and 5 special limited-edition vinyls will be auctioned off separately also benefitting the charity. 100% of the retail price (excluding shipping and service fees) from each album sold goes directly to No Kid Hungry. See the teaser spot below then keep your eyes peeled in the first half of the Super Bowl for the 30-second spot.

Our Take:

We’ve been waiting with bated breath to learn which Super Bowl ads will feature a cause component and which brands do so most effectively. The Super Bowl is about being unique and unexpected; Squarespace certainly earns points for this offbeat approach. In this partnership, the inclusion of No Kid Hungry allows Squarespace to showcase their merchant account capabilities in a way that encourages consumer participation. Without the cause, that piece would either fall flat or cease to exist. And speaking of video at the Super Bowl, be sure to listen in to this week’s episode of Cause Talk Radio with See3’s Michael Hoffman to dig deeper into what works with cause and video and how it relates to Super Bowl ads.


Anthropologie Window Auction

Campaign: Anthropologie Window Auction
Company: Anthropologie
Nonprofit Partner: The Nature Conservancy
Launch Date: December 29, 2014

Campaign:

Retailer Anthropologie will be auctioning off decorative items showcased in its impressive holiday window displays at 55 locations December 29-31 to benefit the Nature Conservancy. Window displays vary from store to store around a central theme. Holiday windows, for example, all featured winter birds, but each store creates their own unique display.

Our Take:

Started as a way to be more environmentally friendly (auctioning off window display items instead of sending them to a landfill), Anthropologie’s window auctions have come to be a meaningful piece of their social responsibility strategy. Without a large charity budget, holding auction events and store opening events to benefit local charity partners has been a way to spread awareness about causes important to the company. We love this creative and resourceful execution!

Hoops Across America

Campaign: Hoops Across America
Company: DICK's Sporting Goods and Lifetime Products 
Nonprofit Partner: Various Community Organizations
Launch Date: December 2, 2014

Campaign:

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation partnered with Lifetime Products to celebrate GivingTuesday and launch a #HolidayHoops campaign. During a surprise appearance by Cavaliers star Kevin Love at a Cleveland elementary school, The DICK'S Foundation began a pay-it-forward movement that will ultimately result in the donation of 100 basketball hoops. Each day in December, two participating organizations will be gifted two hoops and then have the opportunity to pay it forward and gift two hoops to another deserving organization.

Our Take:

The donation of 100 basketball hoops might typically go unnoticed or unappreciated to everyone except the immediate beneficiaries. However, this effort from DICK's and vendor Lifetime takes a simple gift and leverages the power of storytelling (in the form of a compelling video - see below) to hammer home the “Sport Matters” message at a time of year when people are most receptive to it. Using the pay-it-forward model to distribute the donation also increases the emotional connection of the recipients-turned-givers, increasing the likelihood that the gift will be shared on social channels and via word of mouth. Clean, smart and simple. Well played, DICK's!