NEW YORK, NY—Pat Tillman Foundation, the nonprofit organization established in honor of the former NFL player and Army Ranger, with a mission to provide educational scholarships for military veterans and their spouses, has named New York-based Launchpad as its agency of record. Launchpad developed a long- term brand strategy and worked with the Foundation on a project basis over the past year supporting various brand initiatives and including the first-phase launch of the Foundation’s new website which serves as the main hub for all Foundation events, campaigns and stewardship. The ongoing success of that relationship led to the decision to bring the agency on full-time. Under the new partnership, Launchpad will drive the long- term brand strategy and marketing to raise awareness and fuel engagement for the Foundation as it looks to increase nationwide support for its Tillman Military Scholars program. The program empowers military veterans and spouses to make a positive impact for the country and local communities through scholarships in medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts.
Launchpad’s initial work will focus on marketing strategy for the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Pat’s Run, which will mark its 10th anniversary on April 26th, 2014. The agency will unveil a new campaign for Pat’s Run through donated print, out-of-home and a wide range of event collateral that will look to bring Pat’s voice to life, highlighting the success of the Tillman military scholars and educating event participants on the value and importance of their ongoing contribution to the Foundation. Launchpad will also lend support to other signature annual events including the 5th Annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit set to take place this summer in Chicago.
“From the beginning, Launchpad has made a tremendous effort to understand the point of how Pat lived his life and to capture the unique stories of each Tillman Military Scholar now carrying forward his legacy. With their creative support and guidance, the Foundation is helping to continue the narrative of this generation of veterans and military spouses long after the wars end,” said Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “We see incredible talent in the military community and we want supporters nationwide to understand that an investment in the potential of the Tillman Military Scholars is an investment for our country and communities. We are excited to work with Launchpad to grow our mission and share more inspiring stories from military veterans and spouses, especially as we mark the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary and look forward to another decade of collective impact.”
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with the Pat Tillman Foundation. The military veterans and spouses selected as Tillman Military Scholars are agents of great social change. The Foundation provides support as they work to rebuild and succeed in their own lives, with a commitment to the service and benefit of others.” remarks Noah Ross, Executive Creative Director at Launchpad. “It is rare in our industry that we get the opportunity to work on something we are so passionate about. This is one of those occasions, and we are honored to help the Foundation build a brand that reflects the values of Pat Tillman and the scholars carrying his legacy, and drives ongoing support for their cause.”
About Pat Tillman Foundation
In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses. Inspired by Pat’s leadership attributes, passion for education and spirit of service, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested over $9 million in educational support for 290 Tillman Military Scholars – military veterans and spouses – committed to a life of service in and out of uniform in medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation, visit: www.pattillmanfoundation.org.
Launchpad is one of the fastest growing advertising agencies in the US and a member of the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 the past two years. Founded in 2007, NY-based Launchpad is a full service advertising agency focused on redefining market opportunities for brands in transition with a client roster that ranges from Fortune 250 companies to fast growing start-ups. For more information, visit: http://lpnyc.com.