Community relations has become a hidden gem for corporations to build reputation and credibility among employees and customers. But not every PR agency – nor corporation – has the patience and wherewithal to implement and manage such hands-on and relationship-based programs.
In this, Kohnstamm excels. The Kohnstamm Agency has been the lead strategist and consultant for Travelers Insurance’s signature community partnership in Arts & Diversity since 1994, an award-winning, employee-driven grants program through COMPAS ARTS that funds and involves corporate employees in community arts programming. Kohnstamm has helped shape COMPAS ARTS to become the signature program that it is today: it provides hands-on leadership development and exposure to diverse communities for Travelers employees while successfully addressing the business case of the corporation. Kohnstamm also manages and administers the Arts & Diversity Program Grants Committee grants funding process, including an extensive protocol of field site visits and the committee evaluation process.
Non-profit and community relations initiatives undertaken by the agency span from screening and developing community partnerships for our for-profit clients, managing special events and writing foundation annual reports, to publicizing a new literary arts institute and National Poetry Month. Major projects have included Adopt-a-School for IBM, Building a Better Eastside Community for 3M and national PR for the National Business Hall of Fame Awards for Junior Achievement and 3M’s former Chairman.
Other examples of Kohnstamm PR driving non-profit public awareness includes work for Community Solutions Fund, Human Services Associates and the Phillips Family Foundation.