Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Harnessing Girl Power


The Portland-based chapter of national nonprofit Girls Inc. had all of the elements of an effective brand—a recognizable logo, strong messaging, and a relentless focus on the positive effect that they have on the lives of girls ages 6 to 18. Yet staff, board members and donors alike struggled to articulate exactly what it is that makes Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest unique among other youth services organization in the region.

Think Joule’s challenge was to harness these brand elements to craft a cohesive story that could be used to connect with key audiences, from the girls themselves to community leaders. We led a series of discovery workshops with key staff and board members. Gaining a deep understanding of the organization’s research based approach as well as the day-to day challenges, Think Joule created a strategic document that could be used as a foundation moving forward.

Marketing Toolkit

Defining their target market personas and creating message mapping complete with a distinct call to action by audience type, we equipped Girls Inc. with a completely revamped marketing toolkit. This new kit actually simplified their outreach materials greatly, streamlined their messaging and is used for recruitment, program expansion, outreach to new communities, and to help donors understand how their support is making a critical difference. 

We capitalized on the already strong visual language and palette, but radically simplified the copy-dense material and created clear, targeted calls to action. The result is a simple, approachable and customizable library of collateral templates that communicated the Girls Inc. experience and can support their ambitious growth plans to serve 10,000 girls by 2025.

Presenting Girls Inc.

In addition, Think Joule designed and scripted a Ted-style presentation template that would allow staff and board members to customize and powerfully communicate their impact and reach to live audiences.

Reaching More Communities

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is continuing to grow their program, with an ambitious goal to expand their reach to more communities across the Pacific Northwest and build the equitable society that every girl deserves.

“As the strategic marketing partner on our “Power of Her” campaign, we were impressed with Jennifer’s ability to consider – and balance – strategic issues, creative concepts and practical considerations. It was also impressive to watch her (over a period of several weeks) shepherd work sessions to truly understand our DNA as an organization, identify our target audiences and develop collateral materials and messaging to help us expand our brand. These “big picture” skills are matched by a keen eye and a real attention to detail. Jennifer is a great example of a Strong, Smart, Bold woman!”