Photo by AD Lubow co-founder and partner, Anne van der Does
Great fundraisers don’t fundraise. They share a vision so emotionally compelling that donors will want to make it their own. This is precisely what Anne van der Does achieved in the above photo for Inner-City Scholarship Fund. This picture—in every way worthy of the great Henri Cartier-Bresson—ran successfully for quite some time in The New York Times. The photo, in fact, became so iconic that it became the basis for the client’s longstanding logo. Long story short: donors have needs, too. If in as few words as possible—or with no words at all—you can capture what they’re feeling, you’ll have made your cause theirs. Funding will follow.
The tragic fire of Notre Dame, should make us all reflect. Each Cathedral is a work of art and spirit built over the course of centuries by people who may never get to see it finished. As such, it is a conversation and a gift from one generation to another. Our Earth, in that sense, is a cathedral. So we should think of its stewardship as a gift to our children. We are proud to have created the St. Patrick’s Cathedral logo, a design that played an important part in the Cathedral’s renewal. In the grand tradition of New York’s multicultural contribution to the world, our designer, Laddawan Prawatyotin, is from Thailand.
Next in our 25th Anniversary Series: When it comes to producing video content for social media, make it with 100% natural ingredients. Never overcook or overseason. Find something good and true from a client’s everyday life, add a touch of music, set it to enticing B-roll and make it sing. That’s precisely what we did when we turned a brilliant inaugural speech by Barnard’s President Sian Beilock into not one, but an entire series of compelling and attractive video episodes. Here’s just one:
For the next generation, world peace could very well come from inner peace; and inner peace through art. Just imagine! That’s what these children are doing practicing Yoga within the exhibition of George H. Lewis’s magical illustrations at the exhibition “May We all Grow Up to Be Children” based on our book “The Boy and the Boy King.” Asking each generation to hold on to their wonder in order to imagine a better future is what our company has been doing for 25 years. We’re not going to give up now. If you’d like to read the book, please go to theboyandtheboyking.com
Next in our 25th Anniversary Series: Since 1998, no exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum has surpassed the attendance of “Monet and the Mediterranean.” AD Lubow is proud to have created the full-page, full-color New York Times ads that served this beautiful show so well. Today, our agency does more than just promote exhibitions. We create them. Just this week, the exhibition MAY WE ALL GROW UP TO BE CHILDREN, based on the book THE BOY AND THE BOY KING by George H. Lewis and A.D. Lubow opened at Castle Gould, Sands Point Preserve Conservancy; and an eBook was launched as a companion to the exhibit. We invite everyone to attend the exhibition, enjoy the magical illustrations of George H. Lewis and read, rate and share the book.
Way before most—the moment that the internet became fast enough—we began webcasting the videos we created for our clients’ fundraising galas. After all, each film deserved to be seen by a larger audience; and our clients’ websites were hungry for content. Then came social media. That’s when the hunger became voracity. And that’s why right now, whenever we’re commissioned to do a film, we make sure to make use of all the great material by crafting it into a series of shorter individual episodes. The strategy is working beautifully for the likes of Columbia University School of the Arts. Our latest video is for their incomparable MFA in Writing.
And here are the various drill-down segments produced with dazzling efficiency. For potential students—especially for those with the calling to write now—this is the way to deliver the most resonate message… right now:
Next in our AD Lubow 25th Anniversary Series: In 1907, the slogan, “Carnation Condensed Milk, the milk from contented cows” was introduced. It referred to the higher quality milk from happy cows grazing in the lush Pacific Northwest. For a long time, our agency has been making advertising from equally “contented content,” meaning it’s made from the good and green fields of our client’s everyday life. For example, when asked to come up with conventional membership materials for Liberty Science Center, our mindset went beyond the conventional brochures and posters. We proposed a membership-seeking robot that spewed membership applications. It was more than an ad. It was an exhibition in itself.
For years, we’ve also believed in the eco-friendly practice of building promotions with 100% recycled materials. So after producing dozens of biopics of the amazing scientists who have graced the gala fundraisers of Liberty Science Center, we created an interactive exhibition called GENIUS GALLERY featuring the short biopics we produced about these remarkable visionaries. That’s what we mean by contented content—where nothing goes to waste and everything comes from the genuine, everyday life of our clients.
Next in our AD Lubow 25th Anniversary Series: Let the record show that our agency (when still called William Altman Advertising) handled the advertising for two of the top three most popular exhibitions ever at the Metropolitan Museum: Treasures of Tutankhamun (with 1,360,000 visitors) and The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art (with 896,743). It’s funny how fate foreshadows things to come. Decades later, our agency would be chosen to create the theme and identity for Pope Francis’s historic visit to New York. And Arthur Lubow would team up with George H. Lewis to co-create a book and an exhibition about the Boy King Tutankhamun which, on the second leg of its tour, opens at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy in March.
“DO GOOD. DO WELL.” Nearly 25 years ago, our agency coined that expression in a series of transit ads promoting the ethos of a local college. It’s been gratifying to see the phrase adopted by just about every CSR article you read nowadays. Just as fulfilling is the fact that Budweiser’s latest Super Bowl ad brags that it brews its beer with wind power. If it’s beer that gets pop culture on the side of solving global warming, we’ll drink to that.
After more than 25 years of promoting Nature Conservancies, Science Museums and Research Universities, we’re still at it. These days, we’re proud to be of service to firms such as Cranemere whose mission is to finance companies that do well by doing good.
Yes, the answer my friends is blowin’ in the wind. (We invite you to get inspired about saving the planet with this photo of Iceland’s Skogfloss by George H. Lewis)