Darby Communications, Status Forward Announce 2020 Stand Up Partners

Agencies to donate 200 hours of PR & marketing services to environmental nonprofits
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Asheville, NC – January 16, 2020 – Darby Communications and Status Forward are proud to announce the recipients of their 2020 Stand Up Initiative. Launched by Darby Communications in 2016, the program has provided over 300 hours of pro bono services to select environmental nonprofits. Past recipients include the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership, Friends of the Smokies, I Heart Pisgah, American Alpine Club, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Bee City USA, and more.

In 2020, the two agencies will partner with two exceptional organizations: the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and the San Juan Mountains Association. Together, Darby Communications and Status Forward will donate 100 hours of PR and marketing services to each nonprofit.

“To enter the fourth year of the Stand Up Initiative with a new partner and with two nonprofits who support outdoor areas that we are passionate about is exciting,” states Coral Darby, Founder of Darby Communications. “As outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, we often frequent the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is our hometown gem, and enjoy vacationing in the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Both of these areas hold a special place in our hearts.”

Beginning immediately, Darby Communications and Status Forward will team up with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF) on their Trails & Views Forever Fund campaign. Recently the nonprofit was awarded an ‘all or nothing’ $300,000 challenge grant. The two agencies will lend a mix of media outreach, social media, email marketing and collateral support to help the BRPF reach the matching amount by their June 30, 2020 deadline.

“With this generous grant, we want to ensure that the trails, overlooks, picnic areas, and campgrounds of our beloved Blue Ridge Parkway are preserved and protected for years to come,” said Rita Larkin, Communications Director for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. “We are excited to collaborate with Darby Communications and Status Forward, and so grateful for their commitment to community partnerships and the future of public lands.”

Darby Communications and Status Forward will wrap up 2020 by partnering with the San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) on their Weminuche Wilderness Stewardship Fund campaign. The nonprofit will be working to increase ranger presence, improve trail access, and remediate environmental degradation in the popular Weminuche Wilderness. The two agencies will lend a mix of media outreach, social media, brand identity and SEO support to support the SJMA in these efforts.

To learn more about the Stand Up Initiative, please visit darbycommunications.com/standup.

About Darby Communications

Communications is a boutique PR & digital marketing agency serving the outdoor, fitness and wellness industries through impactful content creation, media placement, email marketing, and social media management. Headquartered in Asheville, NC, with a coast-to-coast portfolio, Darby Communications takes a team approach to everything they do for clients and have worked with many of the outdoor and fitness industries’ most respected companies. Their current client roster includes: 360 Adventure Collective, Appalachian Gear Company, Astral, Feetures, Hyland’s, Ignik, Industrial Revolution, Johnson Outdoors, Lifesaver, Nantahala Pisgah Forest Partnership, Outdoor Economy Conference, Primoprint, Sierra Designs, and Wildwater. Learn more at darbycommunications.com or follow on social @darbycomm.

About Status Forward

Status Forward is a digital marketing agency that serves organizations that promote, play in, and protect the natural world. They believe that connecting people with the outdoors helps to foster a love for nature — a critical step in protecting the places we share. With offices in Asheville and Durham, North Carolina, Status Forward helps regional and national clients grow their brands through discovery, design, and development. Find out more at statusforward.com and follow them @statusforward.


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