We believe cause driven organizations change the world. Their stories are powerful and need to be told. Stories about giving back, overcoming injustice, eliminating disparities and empowering communities awaken us and serve as a beacon of hope.
As passionate storytellers, HCollaborative brings the voices of these organizations to life. We create compelling visioning processes to forward meaningful social change.
We know that healthy communities for ALL is possible and that:
Collaboration works, for the sum exceeds any single part
Listening, learning and leveraging ideas results in new creative strategies
Respecting one another and appreciating the richness of diverse cultures brings value
Celebrating hope is the future, as each step moves us forward
"We believe every social mission organization has a story that must be told. A courageous story about overcoming injustice, eliminating disparities or empowering communities. These stories awaken us from our sleepy lives to serve as a beacon of hope in a world full of fear and cynicism.
We believe every organization deserves the opportunity to work with passionate storytellers whose raison d'être is to arise each morning and craft compelling narrative. Storytellers whose one and only mission is to bring forth ideas that strike a resounding and emotional chord in the hearts of mankind. Whose painstaking work becomes a catalyst for meaningful social change. And helps restore our faith in the collective goodwill of humanity.
We believe every cause driven organization, when all is said and done, makes a powerful and soul-stirring difference in the world."
"Conscientious marketing communications" means we approach our work from our hearts. Our clients come to us because they seek thoughtful, strategic marketing and communications counsel. We are dedicated to the vision of social cause driven organizations, nonprofits, and benefit companies. We share the same values and believe in their power to create meaningful social change. This is what motivates us, gets us out of bed every morning and makes us passionate about our life's purpose.
Thanks to our virtual agency structure, we deliver high value marketing and communications services at fees that cover our costs yet remain affordable. With our experience and commitment to your mission, we stand boldly with you in support of your organization. When everything is said and done, we know you make a difference in the world.
Who We Are
Who We Are
Mary Anne brings passion and energy towards improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of ALL individuals, families and communities across the spectrum of economics and cultures. She has held a number of leadership positions in marketing including Director of Marketing at Legacy Health System, Corporate Director of Marketing at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Director of Emerging Markets (the Latino Initiative) at Regence, and Director of Outreach and Marketing at Oregon’s Health Insurance CO-OP. In the non-profit world she was Executive Director of Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation. Most recently Mary Anne served as Executive Strategist at DOJO agency, a full service advertising and branding agency with a focus on health and nonprofit clients. Mary Anne has served on numerous nonprofit boards and national advisory Committees. Her involvement includes the City of Beaverton, Human Rights Advisory Commission, Wallace Medical Concern, Region X Health Equity Council, the African American Health Coalition, Coalition for Livable Future, and Community Advisory Committee for Oregon’ Office of Equity and Inclusion. An honors graduate of the University of Oregon, Mary Anne also holds a graduate level public health certificate from Portland State University. She speaks Italian and conversational Spanish.
Tom has a two-decade background as a creative director, copywriter and brand strategist. Before starting his strategic marketing communications firm, he worked for well regarded agencies in Portland and Seattle as copywriter, associate creative director and creative director. He attracts clients who place high values on collaboration, creativity and responsiveness. Tom has guided various projects for highly respected national and regional companies such as Nike, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, NorPac Foods, Boyd’s Coffee Company, Wild Oats Natural Markets and Oregon State University. His background includes work with major healthcare organizations throughout the Northwest including Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oregon's Health Insurance CO-OP, The Corvallis Clinic, Broadway Medical Clinic as well as Good Samaritan Hospitals in Corvallis and Portland. His nonprofit experience involves work for ImpactNW, Wallace Medical Concern, Loaves and Fishes, Project H.E.R. (Susan G. Komen grant) and Oregon Special Olympics. He currently volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, HomePDX and serves on a recently formed Northeast Portland committee for understanding generational poverty. Tom has received Clios, Addys, Tellys and Rosies awards for the work he has created. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism.
"MARY ANNE AND TOM ARE AMAZING PEOPLE. WORKING WITH THEM TO DEVELOP OUR MARKETING STRATEGY IS SIMPLY THE BEST EXPERIENCE. YOU CAN READ PLENTY OF BOOKS AND GO TO SEMINARS BUT THESE GUYS BRING THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO YOUR OFFICE. THE RESEARCH YOU AND BRING IDEAS AND CONCEPTS TO THE TABLE, ALLOWING FOR A GREAT TWO-WAY CONVERSATION AND DEVELOPING A CUSTOM PLAN TO FIT YOUR NONPROFIT AND BUSINESS. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN MARY ANNE OVER THE YEARS AND NOW FEELING BLESSED WE HAVE ADDED HCOLLABORATIVE TO OUR BUSINESS MENTORING TEAM. THEY WILL HELP US CRATE AN AWESOME BUSINESS WHERE PEOPLE CAN BE INSPIRED TO DO GREAT THINGS WITH COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WORKING IN OUR SHOP."
- HUSSEIN AL-BAIATY, OWNER & PRESIDENT
Spencer MacDonald is our creative, young videographer who creates strong and compelling work for nonprofits. This is the story of Trash for Peace that Spencer created for a Portland based nonprofit for fundraising purposes.
Spencer also recently completed this video about young farmers in the Nortwest. It has earned significant national recognition as a Vimeo staff pick in addition to other awards.
Our Creative Director, Tom Hering, co-created this video working closely with local politicians and other leaders in the community.
Charlotte Hill is more than just our graphic designer... she creates compelling design, but also explores the core narrative and brand of the organization, to create a differentiating and memorable look.
We would love to chat
We would love to chat
PMB Box 337
17675 SW Farmington Road
Aloha, Oregon 97007
Custom Workshops and Trainings
Custom Workshops and Trainings
Harmer Collaborative currently offers five 90-minute workshops on contemporary topics for nonprofits. Moderated by the principals of the firm, each workshop packs timely, engaging information your team can put to work immediately. Each workshop is priced at $150 and includes handouts for your team.
Want to cover more than one topic? Ask us about bundled, value-priced options for a half-day or full-day workshop.
"How To Get Crystal Clear about Your Organization's Vision" (90-minutes): Moderated by Mary Anne Harmer, you'll discover how to create the powerful communications tools of mission and vision statements for your organization. In this workshop, you'll will understand:
"Why Your Organization Needs a Tagline and How To Do It" (90-minutes): Moderated by Tom Hering, you'll learn why a tagline is not only critical to leveraging your brand but mandatory to reaching new audiences. You'll discover the key elements and process to create your own tagline such as "Doing the Most Good" for the Salvation Army or "Keep America Beautiful" for the Ad Council. You'll learn:
"How to Facilitate Decision-Making with Your Board, Manage Your Time and Delegate Effectively" (90-minutes): Moderated by Mary Anne Harmer, you will gain a deeper understanding of the decision-making process, your own personal decision-making and delegation style as well as more effective ways to manage your time. You'll learn:
"How To Maximize the Return on Your Social Media Efforts" (90-minutes): Moderated by Tom Hering, you'll see how you can increase your organization's visibility in the community. You'll discover how you can compete again dog videos, game requests and motivational quotes with some simple, consistent action. You'll learn:
"Why Self-Kindness is Critical to the Effectiveness of Your Nonprofit" (90-minutes): Moderated by Mary Anne Harmer, you'll learn why this practice is more than just "touchy-feely." It's a way to increase the happiness quotient and therefore the productivity of every one on your team. You'll learn:
"How To Create a Powerful Brand Manifesto" (90-minutes): Moderated by Tom Hering, you'll discover how brand manifestos trump basic mission and vision statements for mission-driven organizations. Many of the most respected organizations already use these powerful "declarations" in their marketing efforts. You'll learn:
"How To Understand and Connect with Millennials" (90-minutes): Moderated by Mary Anne Harmer, you will learn about the significant differences between what motivates Millennials and Baby Boomers and how your communication affects connecting with them. You'll learn
"How To Participate and Be a Part of the New Social Sharing Economy" (90-minutes): Moderated by Mary Anne Harmer, you will gain a new understanding of the evolving and powerful role of nonprofits as leaders in social change. You'll learn:
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