Tipping Point, founded in 2005, is a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area – by supporting the non-profits doing the best work in this fight. We wholeheartedly encourage not only our local friends, but everyone – wherever you might live – who cares about doing good, to click here.
Marnie Burke de Guzman is an orchestrator of cultural engagement. She created ArtRise to steward large-scale cultural projects into being, much in the way that a producer makes a movie ‘happen.’ Today’s audiences yearn to experience culture beyond the confines of exhibition space. Marnie is a skilled shepherd of teams, a forger of alliances between cultural institutions, civic organizations, artists – and the audiences themselves.
Front Porch Farm is a bastion of bio-diversity. We could describe the owners as bespoke farmers, since most of their products are grown to order for fine restaurants and specialty grocers. And we could describe the farm as a “Noah’s Ark for food,” since the owners are zealous about sustainability. Their dream is to raise all the ingredients for complete meals of deliciousness – and they’re already making wines to accompany them.
Summer Search is a youth development organization founded in Northern California in 1990. They’ve since taken their holistic model to the national level, replicating the program in six additional metropolitan areas. Summer Search partners with high schools to identify low-income students who display certain character attributes. The students receive year-round support – a unique combination of experiential opportunities and a circle of relationships anchored in professional mentoring.
The American Federation for Children (AFC) is a national advocacy group promoting school choice for parents. This cause is ardently bipartisan — and highly nuanced. If you are concerned about education reform in this country, American Federation for Children are folks to pay attention to.
We are thrilled to share the news: Elixir has been nominated for a 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Communication Design category. From Cooper-Hewitt’s website: “The National Design Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.” Cooper-Hewitt, part of the Smithsonian Institution, first launched the awards at the White House in 2000.
To be clear, we have ZERO expectations of winning. Legend has it almost no one receives the award on first nomination. Nonetheless, we are grateful that one of our wonderful clients nominated us, and are humbled and honored to be up for consideration among so many design giants.
Longtime client Peter Myers of Stand & Deliver enlisted Elixir to design and launch a new website in conjunction with the release of his book As We Speak. The dynamic consulting group includes experts from the realms of theater and media. Through highly customized workshops, either in person or via the web, they coach businesspeople all over the world in the art of communicating more effectively. Stand & Deliver is dedicated to the idea that making yourself heard is not simply a matter of volume, but depends on three critical components: content, state and delivery.
Looking to reposition itself in the financial marketplace, Opes Advisors came to Elixir for help shaping their brand and perception via new messaging and a visual language. Opes is an innovative financial advisory firm that integrates wealth management and mortgage services to help clients make better financial decisions throughout their lifetimes. Its founders have insight from first-hand experience on how real estate is an essential component of good financial health. Their expertise and life experiences spurred them to build a company of immense integrity and unprecedented approach to financial planning, one that considers the impact of financial decisions now and into the future.