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Columbus Foundation

The challenge

How can a foundation that brings together three distinct areas such as innovation, health and culture, aimed to targets with totally different interests, can be perceived as vanguard, coherent and empathetic organization aligned with its values and objectives?

In summary, the Columbus Foundation sought to reach very different targets with different goals for each one:

  • Scientists and innovative companies.
  • Donors with a great economic capacity.
  • Hospitals and doctors.
  • Families with children affected by cancer and rare diseases.

The messages for each one had to be different, but responding to an integrating global concept and image.

Due to its non for profit nature, it had to be achieved with the minimum resources and maximum optimization.

What did we do?

WE DEVELOPED AN INTEGRATING STRATEGY

We developed a branding strategy capable of unify such different aspects and diverse interests. This was done in a way which was easy to understand, identify and, above all, allow the Foundation to fulfill its different objectives effectively.

Not having a good branding strategy to “save” resources, is the reason why many organizations are not well perceived, and this delays the achievement of their goals or, even worse, not to reach them.

Therefore, it was necessary to thoroughly study, reflect, synthesize and create a solid and well-aligned corporate identity capable of supporting the complete Foundation´s brand.

WE DEFINED A PEDAGOGICAL COMMUNICATION STRUCTURE

The Foundation has global communication needs, and also specific ones derived from its three pillars: Innovation, Health and Culture. This requires to address differentiated messages that meet the demands of each segment. To avoid confusion between goals, targets and media, we created a structure on which it would be easy to understand and guide all the actions of the organization.

Graphically we represent it this way:

Health

Health communication

  • Divulgation to doctors.
  • Divulgation to family members of patients.
  • Divulgation to patient associations.
Columbus Foundation

GENERAL COMMUNICATION

  • Information and general dissemination about the Foundation, its purpose, how to benefit from the programs and how to collaborate with it.
  • Information to the press and influencers. (Press office).
Innovation

Innovation communication

  • Information, dissemination and promotion of events aimed to medical and scientific professionals.
Musical culture

Culture / collaboration communication

  • Information and promotion of cultural events organized by the Foundation.
  • Information and promotion to collaborate with donors and/or volunteers.

The structure was synthesized in a way that the public immediately understood what the Columbus Foundation was, its objectives and how could be achieved.

The mission of the Columbus Foundation is to contribute to the development of society
through three specific objectives:

Innovation

Promote Spanish scientific innovation to obtain new and more effective treatments that have a real impact.

Health

To facilitate the access to the most advanced and effective therapies for children and most needed people, who suffer from rare and oncological diseases.

Culture

To advance culture and, at the same time, to raise the necessary funds to meet the foundational objectives.

We designed a corporate identity according to their values

We created a symbol linked to the “Columbus” brand that represents the caravels moving through the wind. At the same time each circle represents the benefited children, the scientists who create the innovation, the musicians who promote the culture, and each person who contributes with their effort and donations to the Foundation. We were looking for everyone to feel identified and integrated with the project, as each of them is key.

Besides, the brand was produced with a lowercase typography and with a predominance of curves, which confers it a human, close and professional character. Its slight forward inclination creates the sensation of movement and advance.

The corporate color was selected from the range of blues since, psychologically, it transmits confidence, in a tonality that also denotes hope and youth.

It was discarded to include the orange and gray colors of the parent company, Columbus Venture Partners, as this blue would transmit with more strength the values and mission of the Foundation.

We took the initial work to facilitate the expansion of the Foundation into the USA. All elements have been translated but the essential design is there and it is all part of the same brand.

We created an axis of communication with a simple and intuitive slogan

1. to heal 2. to enjoy the culture 3. to innovate

Because music would be the guiding thread through which the Foundation goals would disseminate and funds would be raised, we thought of a musical term that synthesizes all that spirit and the need to arrive on time to save children affected by cancer and rare diseases.

All the actions of the Foundation, including its concert tour, would be headed by the expression: A TEMPO.

Simple, intuitive and memorable. Applicable to everything, from the tour of concerts organized by the Foundation (“A TEMPO, Il Soldato & Friends”), to scientists congresses, from the announcements, to the web,… a simple expression with a great load of intensity that is intuitively perceived.

We developed a style of communication and aesthetics that seeks empathy

We defined the voice tone, the type of images, the distribution of spaces and everything that allows connecting with different targets.

The images of people would be the main theme, both the main characters of children´s stories and their families, as well as artists and scientists.

We decided to do it this way because to awaken empathy, there is nothing more effective than to appeal to the mirror neurons of the brain, which allow us to link and identify with other´s feelings.

Results

  • The different targets have understood and empathized immediately with the Project

 

  • The concert tour, “A tempo | Il Soldato & Friends”, began with outstanding success, achieving the collaboration of leading international personalities and the closing of dates in cities of different countries, such as Valencia, Barcelona, Moscow, Washington, Raleigh (North Carolina), Naples (Florida), San Sebastián, Sevilla, etc.

 

  • The visual identity of the brand is easily recognized by different audiences and is identified naturally with the organization values.

 

  • The media have a clear perception of the Foundation and publish their comments in a fully aligned manner with the communication strategy.

 

  • Columbus Foundation has a solid branding strategy that has facilitated its launch, recognition and projection into the future. It has also allowed them to introduce themselves strongly in the USA with the same principles but adapting to a different cultural environment.

Example of the aesthetic coherence that facilitated the brand identity during the opening concert.

Playbill and stage setting at the selected venue.

Conclusion

A comprehensive branding strategy not only achieves a powerful communication and brand image, but it also saves organizations a huge effort in reaching their goals.

To keep an empathic connection with the client and acting in a timely manner in the development process is reflected in the strength of the brand.