How To Build A Branding Strategy That Helps Drive Your Organization’s Growth, Even With A Small Budget, with Farra Trompeter

In this episode, I’m thrilled to share my conversation with Farra Trompeter, Co-Director and Worker – Owner at Big Duck. Not only is Farra just delightful to talk to, every time I talk to her it’s like a masterclass in strategic brand building. She – and her colleagues at Big Duck – have been the go-to for nonprofit brand building for as long as I can remember. I used to devour their resources when I was an ED, because they helped me come to see my organization’s brand as more than just its logo and website. And that’s what we’re talking about today. We discuss how an effective brand – one that actually serves as a driver of growth and funding and impact – is so much more than your visual aesthetics. It’s about how you define and articulate your organization’s identity, your impact strategy, and your daily practices. Farra dissects the elements of an effective brand and offers both practical advice for organizations of all budget sizes to enhance their branding efforts and excellent examples of what an effective brand strategy looks like in practice.


What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. The difference between brand, brand strategy, and branding, and their impact on nonprofits.
  2. The nuts and bolts of developing a strong brand identity and strategy that resonates with your target audience.
  3. Practical steps small nonprofits can take to improve their branding with limited resources.

Key Takeaways:

  • Branding is more than visuals; it’s about crafting your organization’s identity and perception.
  • A strong brand strategy aligns with the organization’s goals and communicates its core values effectively.
  • Consistency in branding helps build recognition and trust among your audience.
  • Small nonprofits can benefit significantly from focusing on clear, strategic branding.
  • Regular brand evaluations can ensure alignment with organizational objectives and audience expectations.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Elevator Pitch Exercise: Engage your team in describing the organization to gauge consistency and clarity in branding.
  2. Materials Review: Assess current branding materials (print, digital) for consistency in color, imagery, and messaging.
  3. Strategic Review: Revisit the organization’s strategy and see how branding can support its goals.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Big Duck: A strategic communications firm specializing in nonprofits. They offer services in branding, communications, and fundraising/outreach campaigns. Visit Big Duck
  • Brandraising by Sarah Durham, Big Duck’s founder: A book offering insights into nonprofit branding. Find the Book

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