2017 Winner


SickKids VS


Public Service Grand Prix

GoldCreative Catalyst

GoldEvolution Strategy: Keeping it Fresh

SilverCause/Public Service

SilverConnection Strategy

SickKids Foundation was setting records for donations; however, the money was coming from the same donor set, which was aging out and skewed heavily female – a similar challenge for many not-for-profits.

SickKids needed to jolt new donors off the sidelines. Agency Cossette was asked to attract net new donors while maintaining a base with a platform that would provide SickKids with years of opportunity.

In the past, the Foundation played off individual stories of need, asking people to come together to help with the “Together We Can” platform.

Consumers had begun to expect a specific dire tone and message from cause marketing, which was also being adopted by many CPG and consumer brands due to its empathetic appeal.

Some people have learned to ignore the pleas that seemingly come from every direction. In order for new potential donors to donate, they need to know that they can help achieve tangible results even in the smallest donation amounts.

When the team tested the platform idea with Canadians through an online survey, it validated the research. The agency decided to focus on shifting SickKids from a “cause” brand to a “performance” brand in the vein of Nike and Under Amour.

The brief line was “SickKids is taking on the greatest challenges in child health and we are winning. But, we won't stop until every kid is a healthy kid.”

The transformational platform became “SickKids VS” the greatest challenges in child health. The foundation launched with a two-minute film online and on TV during the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener.

The video then played at the Leaf’s home game. The team changed all of the signage at the hospital, created OOH billboards and dominated Yonge-Dundas square and TTC streetcars.

The agency also launched a series of online films, which explored the complexity of the hospital by telling the story of Grace, a child who lost her battle with cancer, but inspired an entire research team to fight for a cure with “SickKids VS. Cancer.”

We then featured Hartley, who, after a dozen surgeries, explained the hospital's need for more operating rooms with “SickKids VS 100 Today.” And, finally, it told the story of SickKids rallying to ensure Santa Claus could find children at the hospital (a major source of anxiety for kids who are at SickKids for the holidays) with “SickKids Vs. Missing Home.”

For the period of October 2016 to December 2016 SickKids tracked an all-time donation record for a campaign of $57.9 million. Online donation revenue increased 695%, transactions rose by 32% in and the average donation dollar value increased by 63%.

There was also an unprecedented increase in male and millennial donations, eight million video views and 4,000 “VS” t-shirts were sold.

Brand: SickKids Foundation
Agency: Cossette
VP, brand strategy and communications: Lori Davison
CSO: Jason Chaney
Director, strategy: Fernando Aloise
UX strategist: Thomas Wilkins
Director, integrated brand marketing: Kate Torrance
Director, PR: Sandra Chiovitti
Manager, patient ambassador program: Lisa Charendoff
Director, digital projects: Mark Jordan
Marketing managers: Tina Tieu, Harleen Bhogal, Laura Bradley Stewart, Kelly Hanley
Coordinator, PR: Madeline Salerno
CCOs: Carlos Moreno, Peter Ignazi
CD/CW: Craig McIntosh
CD/AD: Jaimes Zentil
Designer: Natasha Michalowska
Agency producer: Dena Thompson
Account supervisors: Olivia Figliomeni, Daniel Dolan
Account directors: Hanh Vo, Melissa Levenberg
VP, brand directors: Michelle Perez, Steve Groh
Production: Skin & Bones
Director: Mark Zibert
DOP: Jackson Parrell
Executive producers: Dan Ford, Liane Thomas
Line producer: Joan Bell
Editing: Skin & Bones
Editor: Marka Rankovic
Transfer/online facility: The Vanity
Flame artist: Sean Cochrane
Colourist: Andrew Exworth
Animation: The Mill NYC; The Vanity; a52
Photographer: Nikki Ormerod
Photography Studio: Westside Studio
Music CD: Didier Tovel
Song: “Undeniable” by Donnie Daydream Feat: Richie Sosa
Technical development Partner: Jam3
Project manager: Maia Spetter
Digital advisor: Dawid Kucinski
Digital AD: Gustavo Oregel
In-house production: Identica
Senior retoucher: Trevor Gauthier
Senior production artist: Shireen Kok
Studio director: Raquel Mullen
Print producers: Dawn-Marie Mills, Aimee Churchill
Media: OMD

Have questions? Need help?
Contact Rowan Traynor at 1-416-408-2300 x213 or rtraynor@brunico.com.