Corporate changes potentially put a 23-year partnership with Asda at risk. After merging the UK’s two biggest breast cancer charities into one, Breast Cancer Now needed to convey the benefit of the change to Asda.
Breast Cancer now were feeling the effects of changing corporate philanthropy. Corporates increasingly relate to charities as they would general suppliers, demanding more tangible impact and empirical evidence. This is a hard balance to strike when, for example, the results of funding medical research can take decades to surface.
Taking into consideration opinions from a broad range of internal stakeholders, from clinicians to marketers, the question was simply — how can we breathe new life into the partnership?
We implemented our partner model to develop a clear vision that documented goals, where the funding will go, the overarching theme and campaigns that will bring the theme to life. We also focused on creating impact statements that Breast Cancer Now can work towards and Asda can point to, to evidence the great outcomes from the partnership. The process included —
– Stakeholder workshops
– 1-on-1 expert interviews with senior staff
– Competitor audit, including language analysis
– Iteration and copywriting
– Idea generation
Asda is connected in some way with almost every UK community. We needed to build on this to create a partnership vision that will help every individual, from the well-informed to the underrepresented.
Our partnership with Asda has meant over £60 million towards groundbreaking, life-saving work. We need to make sure the next phase of our partnership is stronger than ever before.
We implemented our partner model to help revitalise Breast Cancer Now’s partnership vision with Asda – which resulted in a 3 year contract worth £13.5 million.