We’ve got some great news! We’re excited to announce that 24Notion has been ranked #15 on the Portland Business Journal’s Book of Lists for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We’ve moved up two places since last year’s list, and we intend to continue this trend in the future.
24Notion has been featured on the CSR list for four years and was also awarded the 2012 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. The company’s dedication to giving back through great partnerships, pro bono work, and scholarship sponsoring make 24Notion a leader among full service creative and lifestyle agencies in CSR activities. We’re so proud to be a trailblazer for such important and engaging work—and we’re already looking forward to more!
To learn more about 24Notion’s socially responsible work, read up about our philanthropic activities and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@24Notion) to stay updated. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
24Notion, an integrated agency focus on a creative marketing design, public relations and lifestyle agency, is the winner of a prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the 2012 Portland Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award for Innovation in Philanthropy. In addition, 24 Notion was ranked 17th out of 100 in the Portland Business Journal Book of Lists.
“Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the mission of 24Notion,” said Ivo Lukas, Founder and CEO of 24Notion. “We have proven that being active in philanthropy is possible for organizations of any size. Looking forward we will strive to continue to find new ways to support our community, and the world.”
Ten strategies 24Notion recommends for an organization striving to become a leader in corporate social responsibility are:
1. Commit to giving in your organization’s budget and annual goals – either a percentage of revenues or a set amount. 24Notion has shown year over year increases in their donations with donations in both services and cash. Many organizations have resources that can be highly useful to nonprofits. As a public relations and creative design firm, 24Notion has been able to donate their event planning and promotional services to a variety of nonprofits.
2. Encourage all employees to identify creative ways the organization can provide support to nonprofits. 24Notion donates its marketing know how to nonprofits who would otherwise be unable to afford their services. Employees enthusiastically participate and donate their time to these great causes. Organizations can select a specific non- profit to support throughout the year and give employees time off each month to volunteer.
3. Show support to nonprofits by donating your time to sit on their boards. Nonprofits have both boards of trustees who have a fiduciary responsibility and also advisory boards that provide advice on a range of issues. Board members help guide the direction of the organization and can have a substantial impact.
4. Partner with your customers in your philanthropic efforts. 24Notion asked one of their clients, a Project Runway contestant, to collaborate in designing a fundraising t-shirt for another nonprofit. This is a win-win situation for both the customer who receives additional publicity and visibility and the nonprofit who receive services they would not be able to afford.
5. Publicize your efforts and become a role model organization. Publicity will also provide additional support for the nonprofit. An event like a tradeshow, grand opening or launch can become a donation point for a charity such as a food bank or women’s shelter. Including the information that donations will be accepted for that charity in promotional materials positions the organization in a positive light and with a link to the charity’s website will increase the support they receive.
6. Sponsor scholarships and awards for students in majors relevant to your business. You are helping to build the pipeline for future employees and elevating your overall organizational reputation. Make sure that your organization reaches out to the students after they have received the award as well and invest in their success. This will extend the positive word of mouth among the students’ friends.
7. Create a social corporate responsibility report to let customers and investors know about your efforts. These reports can highlight successes and encourage additional support for the nonprofit.
8. Look beyond employees and products to your business’ infrastructure when you think about providing support. Organizations can volunteer to host events and donate catering from their cafeteria’s to help cut costs. Expense control is critical to nonprofits, a free auditorium can make the difference in the success or failure of a fundraising event.
9. Think locally, nationally and globally when identifying ways to support nonprofits. Many nonprofits use their donors’ names to help drive fundraising efforts.
10. Build close ties to the organizations your support. Ongoing engagement deepens your knowledge of the organizations you are supporting and may help you come up with unique ways to help.
“2012 was our best year yet, said Ivo Lukas. “Our goal for 2013 is to continue to broaden our impact and find ways to help our customers and other organizations to become even more engaged in corporate social responsibility.”
While many mourn the coming of September for its mark of the end of summer, we at 24Notion are anxiously waiting its arrival. On Friday, September 14th Portland’s Downtown Hilton Hotel will get a whole lot of good vibes coming its way, as it hosts Portland Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards of 2012. With honorees such as First Federal, Portland Timbers, Nike, Intel, and Cambia Health Solutions, this event covers the span of small, medium, and large companies that play a huge role in our (finally) thriving community.
Along with the sized categories of philanthropic honors, PBJ will also be presenting three companies with the Innovative Partnership Award, in which 24Notion will be a respondent! This is a huge honor for the entire crew and we could not be more pleased to see that not only our hard work and creativity for clients, but also our dedication to giving back in fresh and sustaining ways is gaining notice.
This is not the first time we have been singled out by Portland Business Journal for our philanthropic mindset – we have been ranked 2 years in a row as the 23rd most philanthropic company by PBJ’s annual list. Keep checking back to our blog to see if we make the list for a third year in a row next year.
Tickets for the Corporate Philanthropy Awards are on sale for $65 and everyone here at 24Notion would love to see support during such an exciting day. Below is the list of Companies that are being honored, 24Notion included!
Companies being honored are:
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Unitus Community Credit Union
Becker Capital Management
Ferguson Wellman Capital Management
Lithia Motors Inc
Melvin Mark Cos
Moss Adams LLP
Pacific Continental Bank
Windermere Cronin & Caplan
Bank of America
Cambia Health Solutions
Pacific Power/ Pacific Power Foundation
Portland General Electric
Innovative Partnership Award
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Check back soon for pictures of the event and the low-down of this local star-studded event. In the meantime, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest see features of the type of things that helped us win such a prestigious award!
24Notion is excited to be ranked #23 by book of list-Business Journal on Corporate Philanthropic in 2012. Last year, we were #27 on our effort. This year we moved up a few notch! Way to go. To learn more about our CSR effort, check out the release here:
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Most recently, 24notion founder/principal, Ivo Lukas, was one of the nominees for Portland’s business journal’s 2010 Women in Business. I have to share her achievement with the others as she has made a huge impact to the global community outreach within a very short period of time. She is the founder and principal of 24Notion, one of the creative and lifestyle agency with emphasize in giving back to the global communities. In The last year alone, 24Notion had made a significant impact-check out news here
She has an arsenal of experience in running the brand marketing, creative, digital and PR sector. She helped many fortune 500/1000 and small emerging businesses launch from the ground up. Her past clients that she worked with are few to mentioned: Coca Cola, Microsoft, AMD, Chevron, Cingular wireless, AT&T, Samsung, Nokia, CTIA, MasterCard Foundation, GSK Healthcare, ShopNBC, Allianz and many more….From an industry of Wireless/mobile, Dot com, arts/entertainment, Fashion, Cosmetics/beauty, Financial/Banking, Consumer goods, Travel, NonProfit, B2B and B2C- building more of an integrated marketing campaign and technology all together.
She is one of the savvy woman entrepreneurs that have the balance of business and creativity. I’ve had the pleasure to sit down with Ivo and learn more about her vision, her impact and where she is headed towards ~
Q: Tell us more about 24Notion
A: 24Notion is not your average agency at all. We break all rules! It is such a unique yet out of the box thinker style; it’s actually quite simple; I’ve seen so many small/large businesses that need help from their overall business goals/objectives. From concept to implementation- often times, businesses made the mistake of segregating their overall business sector, goals and needs. Social media, digital, word of mouth, experiential marketing are tactical elements; don’t get caught up in the distribution platform just yet- rather than look into the 360 degrees holistic approach of your challenge and business objectives. It starts with the big idea then it will progress to the channel of distribution and last but not least, how do you monopolize and maintain that market. This is where we come in as a business partner- We work closely with our clients from the creation of the business objectives/challenges; where we will sit and brainstorm, produce the work, implement the work and then bring that product to the market so the audience will get to experience them. Results are one of our key differentiator! We want our partner gets the results they are looking for. This is one of our key strength of their accomplishment
We are coming from an integrated communications approach. We are blurring the line of advertising, marketing and Public relations. The old traditional PR, marketing, advertising methodology is not working anymore. The market is way too saturated; everyone is bombarded with advertising, media, publications, promo, TV etc…. One size doesn’t fit all. Therefore, it is important to be unique in the space of saturated market. We are able to concept, execute and get the results at the same time- so its definitely our key strength differentiator
Q: How do your expertise/ background help you to become successful in this industry? How do you maintain that balance? Is there any secret to it?
A: Sky’s the limit- nothing is big or small for us; we are working with startup company, individual and as well as the large corporation. It’s not an easy task to create, launch and maintain your own business; it takes patience, persistence, proactiveness, endurance and lots of prayer; I have to give glory to GOD, first and foremost. Without him, I wouldn’t be here. Be positive and be open to possibilities; don’t sell yourself short- Never give up!
Q: You are also passionate about Fashion and technology; how would they fit into your vision?
A: I’ve always love fashion and all things technology! I guess I could call myself a geeky girl! Yes, I admit- I love technology; North America is way behind on technology- this is one thing that we are lacking of. Not to mention with anything digital. The web comparison between the APAC vs. USA- there is huge gap there to fill. I love fashion- its been my long lost passion since a young age. So, when I’ve started 24Notion; it’s a no brainer that we have to help the emerging fashion designers out there to become business savvy and know how to market themselves. I think there are huge opportunity of bridging fashion and technology. Who doesn’t love fashion and tech?
Q: Tell us more about your community involvement? You are sitting on the marketing committee of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network as well as part of the corporate relations committee for Oregon Humane Society; and Global Girls in tech MD. Tell us more
A: One of our mission and business model is giving back to the global communities; this is one of my passion in the CSR world; when I was working in the corporate world; they’ve lacked so much in Corporate Social Responsibility. This is why I feel the need to start lead by example; if we could take a moment to start this movement, and then hopefully the others will follow….Also, we are so open for partnerships. So, drop me an email if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What else are you doing at the moment? Any food for thoughts for the youngsters?
A: Besides enjoying my time with family;girls I’ve taught 1-2 class most recently at Art Institute Portland. I’ve taught advanced visual merchandising and fashion marketing. Try to learn and embrace something new everyday. I’ve worked with so many young professional- they should have the mentality of learning something rather than whats in it for me? I think that’s the shift in today’s young graduate. They are not willing to bend over the rules! They are constantly asking whats in it for me. Hey, if you are open to the possibilities- the pay offs are big at the end of the day. So, be open! Try everything and Do it with all of your strength! Give it all!
Q: Where do Girls in Tech mixed with your passion?
Girls in tech is an amazing non-profit organization with goals to encourage/empower women all ages. Girls in Tech is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology. As young women with the capacity to inspire, we made it our personal desire and passion to create and sustain an organization that focuses on the collaboration, promotion, growth and success of women in the technology sector.
Our Girls in Tech Portland Chapter is growing tremendously- Be sure to join us on GITPDX Facegroup page or drop me an email if you would like to be a guest speaker or simply get involved with our organization: email@example.com
Q: What else can we anticipate coming from 24Notion and yourself?
A: Spread the word! Stay tuned for more goodness coming ahead…