ABOUT ONEICITY

different in a good way

When you need help with fundraising, you want people you like and can solve your problem. It’s more than the best pitch deck or lowest price. You have to find “your people.” That’s people you trust, and people you think can deliver for you.

Check us out: here’s where our crazy name came from. Or jump straight into our team.

Here’s what we believe as a company and as individual professionals. 

These “We Believes” are the “why” behind how we do what we do.

We believe

...in following Jesus and hanging out with the people He’d hang out with.

We believe

...the best meetings are “walk ‘n talks.”

We believe

...the cheapest fundraising ends up costing you the most.

We believe

...boutique ad agencies create advantages big ad agencies can’t touch.

We believe

...in bringing dogs and kids to the office.

We believe

...in keeping production cycle times short and client relationships long.

We believe

...fear poisons working relationships.

We believe

...eating together brings us together (and you’ll never buy).

We believe

...in invoices your bookkeeper will love.

We believe

...that fundraising that could fit any ministry or community or leader will fail you.

We believe

...in telling you the whole truth, even if it’s painful.

We believe

...when we do our job we’re partners with you in your work.

IT'S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

All fundraising is grounded in relationships — from direct mail to major gift cultivation to branding. It’s all about a point of connection between individuals.  That’s not our “sales” talk. That’s what works for our clients and will work for you.

Relationships are the backbone of all our work.

We’ve been proving and refining our strategies for over a decade. This produces results. No fluff, we focus on response rates, ROIs and dollars.

Maybe you’re reading this because you’re disappointed or dissatisfied with your current fundraising. Take your time. Check us out. Kick the tires. Let’s talk when you’re ready. We won’t waste your time. Also, we won’t pressure you.

Wait, how do you pronounce that?

Oneicity is pronounced like electricity, simplicity or elasticity. It’s a name we coined to express our desires to have oneness, connection and relationship with our clients. As you can see from the photo of the restaurant coaster we brainstormed on, at the beginning we weren’t even sure how to spell that word Oneicity. But we knew 100% what it stood for.

Oneicity began in the low point of the 2008 recession. What was a start-up at a kitchen table has bloomed into a scrappy, strong ad agency serving clients in the US and Canada. We’ve grown. But most importantly, our clients have grown through the years by focusing on unity, relationships and results.

Meet your team

The hub of the Oneicity team is the founding partners: Kris Hoots and Steve Thomas. Often called “Hoots and Thomas,” they’re the core of our work. But it’s the team that makes Oneicity strong.

In addition to Hoots and Thomas, the Oneicity “Stakeholders” are solid professionals with great experience, expertise and passion for serving our clients. 

As we learn your needs, analyze your situation and develop your plan, we put your team together. We are blessed with a deep bench of talented pros who are available to work for you. 

get to know the stakeholders

Steve Thomas

CEO & Founding partner

I served as the CEO/Executive Director of a nonprofit for 5 years, so I understand first-hand the responsibility of generating income and charting a course for an organization. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant with a wide range of nonprofits from start-ups to some of the largest national ministries. I’ll be at your side to help you connect donors with the heart of your organization using the very best strategies that fit you. 

MY PASSION: I have a passion for solving tough problems and helping organizations fulfill their dreams. 

STRENGTHS FINDER: Ideation, Strategic, Activator, Restorative, Futuristic 

FASCINATE ARCHETYPE: “The Rockstar” Magical Solutions

KRIS HOOTS

Founding partner

I’ve spent my entire professional life serving ministries and nonprofits. As a young adult I fell in love with this world when I worked inside a ministry. From there I was drawn into working with an ad agency that served Christian ministries. The deep and broad experience of nearly 30 years in this business has equipped me to bring great strategies, smooth processes and analytical insights for ministries. I’m blessed with the opportunity to change the world by delivering fundraising results for our clients.

MY PASSION: I’m passionate about details. The “little” things matter in big ways in this business. Strategies without attention to detail are a big bunch of nothing. I know the strategies and I know the details. I love seeing how that blesses our clients and their donors.

STRENGTHS FINDER: Restorative, Strategic, Input, Ideation, Activator

FASCINATE ARCHETYPE: “The Archer” 

Ryan Thomas

Vice President

Growing up, during breaks from school, I had opportunities to travel the world as a photographer for ministries. I saw in-person the needs and possibilities that exist, and it lit a passion for ministry and nonprofits that continues to this day.

After college, for nearly a decade, I led teams at a multi-million dollar software corporation perfecting client experience, user processes and product development. I’m a gold watch guy, and don’t like change — especially in something as important as my field or job. But, the opportunity to leverage strategies and techniques I learned in the for-profit world for the very ministries I care so much about was a chance I couldn’t pass up.

MY PASSION: I have a passion for creating and delivering innovation that engages with donors and drives income — and doesn’t just look exciting in the PowerPoint deck. You could say that I’m focused on “Strategic Delivery” — which means creating and delivering on time the things your ministry needs, and none that it doesn’t.

STRENGTHS FINDER: Woo, Communication, Context, Analytical, Positivity

FASCINATE ARCHETYPE: “The Scholar”

Jessica Ivaska

Creative Director: Copy

It’s safe to say that words have always been my thing. I’ve been told that as a child I would wander around the house talking—trying out different words and figuring out which ones fit the best. I’ve been writing marketing materials for over a decade and felt like I finally found my niche when I joined the Oneicity team. I believe that words matter. I will help you find your voice and connect with your donors while staying true to who you are and what you believe.

MY PASSION: I have a passion for connecting and I believe one of the best ways is through the power of story.

STRENGTHS FINDER: Empathy, Belief, Restorative, Adaptability, Harmony

FASCINATE ARCHETYPE: “The Authentic”

John Berge

Creative Director: Design

Over two decades, I’ve developed thousands of projects in broadcast, digital media and print for scores of nonprofit organizations, including some of the largest in country. This experience gives me a unique understanding of the visual cues required to engage a donor emotionally and analytically. I know you don’t want just great design, you want design that delivers the results you need, and I know how to do that.

MY PASSION: My passion is creating marketing materials that are timely, instantly recognizable, visually intriguing, and involving — materials that instantly communicate your message and motivate the donor to take action.

STRENGTHS FINDER: Achiever, Maximizer, Futuristic, Strategic, Arranger

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