The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a leading funder of efforts to mitigate climate change. We partner with Groundwork Strategies to lead the Packard Foundation’s efforts to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis, the need for collaborative action now to make a difference, and the call for others to join in the fight on the defining issue of our day. We also provide support for other communications initiatives, including evaluations, media relations, strategic planning and content creation.


Client: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Sector: Philanthropy
Focus: Conservation and Science; Population and Reproductive Health; Children, Families, and Communities; Local Grantmaking; Organizational Effectiveness
Our role: Strategic planning, messaging, tactical support.


ClimateWorks mobilizes philanthropy to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future. We worked with Groundwork Strategies to create a 3-year communications plan for ClimateWorks as they move into a more proactive role as a thought leader at the intersection of philanthropy, innovation, and climate mitigation strategies. Design work provided by Ross Hogin.


Client: ClimateWorks
Sector: Philanthropy
Focus: Climate
Our role: Communications planning and strategy.

The Lemelson Foundation

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. We partner with Minerva Strategies to provide both strategic and tactical support for the foundation’s ongoing communications needs.

Client: The Lemelson Foundation
Sector: Philanthropy
Focus: Invention
Our role: Strategic planning, messaging, tactical support including media relations, video production, and more.

The Kendeda Fund

The Kendeda Fund is a private family foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia. We helped the Fund design and execute a communications strategy to guide its transition from anonymous donor and grantmaker into a public-facing foundation. We helped launch the Fund’s first website and managed its first media interviews. We also support ongoing communications around their largest grant to date, an investment in Georgia Tech to create the first Living Building Challenge 3.0 certified facility in the Southeast.


Client: The Kendeda Fund
Sector: Philanthropy
Focus: Girls’ Rights; People, Place, and Planet; Local Priorities; Special Projects
Our role: Communications planning and strategy, tactical support, media relations.

Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation works with extensive networks throughout Boston and beyond to advance its vision of a vibrant, just and sustainable world. We helped the Foundation design and execute a communications strategy to guide its transition from anonymous grantmaker into a more public facing and impactful role. We also supported communications around Barr’s Fellows program, climate change initiative and their work with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

Client: Barr Foundation
Sector: Philanthropy
Focus: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Global Development
Our role: Strategic planning, public relations, tactical support
Media highlights: Boston Globe Op-Ed, feature, and news article

Counterpart International

Counterpart International is a global development NGO that empowers people to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. In partnership with Kite, we led Counterpart through a comprehensive and strategic rebranding process that resulted in an updated organizational look and messaging. We also worked with them to update and align their website with their brand.

Client: Counterpart International
Sector: Nonprofit
Focus: Global development
Our role: Comprehensive rebranding, messaging, website development.

Full Circle

Full Circle is a farm-to-table organic delivery service based out of a 400-acre certified organic farm in Carnation, Washington. They deliver fresh, locally-sourced organic food to customers across Washington, Idaho, Alaska and California. We support Full Circle with strategic communications planning, brand strategy and media relations to strengthen their brand and engage current and future customers across the West Coast.

Client: Full Circle
Sector: Organic food
Focus: Local and Regional Food Systems
Our role: Strategic communications and media outreach.
Media highlights: Seattle Times, Huffington Post, Sunset Magazine


ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services company created to help solve the world’s toughest problems by catalyzing investment capital for maximum environmental, social and financial impact. In partnership with Kite and Ross Hogin Design, Brotherton Strategies helped ImpactAssets build a new brand identity, including name, website, collateral materials, messaging and more.

Client: ImpactAssets
Sector: Financial services
Focus: Impact investing
Our role: Messaging, brand, collateral materials and website.

Preservation Green Lab

Preservation Green Lab is a sustainable building research think tank and advocacy arm of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In partnership with Groundwork Strategies we manage Preservation Green Lab’s media strategy and partner communications. We support a variety of Preservation Green Lab initiatives from outcome-based energy codes to district energy to building reuse. We recently supported their release of the report, “The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Value of Building Reuse.” The report provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the environmental benefits of building reuse.

Client: Preservation Green Lab
Sector: Historic preservation, urban planning
Focus: Sustainable development
Our role: Strategy, messaging and media outreach.
Media highlights: Atlantic Cities, Fast Company, The New York Times Green Blog, Grist, Treehugger, Puget Sound Business Journal

Water in the West

A joint program of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Water in the West seeks to address the West’s growing water crisis and to create new solutions that move the region toward a more sustainable water future. Working closely with our partners at Groundwork Strategies, we helped WITW sharpen its messaging and and refine its core brand attributes, building an organizational narrative that resonated with key audiences throughout the water policy community. The messaging then became a springboard for the writing and design of a bolder, clearer and more compelling case for support. Design work provided by Ross Hogin.

Client: Water in the West, Stanford University
Sector: Higher Education, Public Policy
Focus: Water Conservation
Our role: Research, message development, design.