Founded in 2001 by Jon Kent, Kent Creative has worked with more than 75 nonprofit organizations, large and small. Our client list includes the nation's top cancer center, film school, and hospital (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Mass. General Hospital); celebrity charities (The Dan Marino Foundation, Els for Autism); Ivies (Harvard Medical School, Weil Cornell Medical College); and a diverse group of community-based nonprofit organizations. The work of Kent Creative has been recognized with 64 "Addy Awards" from the American Advertising Federation, multiple national CASE Medals , and other professional distinctions.
Our services include:
Campaign Branding & Case Statement Development
Major Gift Proposal Development
Strategic Message Framing
Video & Photo Production
Graphic Design & Collateral Development
Writing Services (grants, speeches, ads, articles, etc.)
About Jon Kent
Jon Kent has 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to founding Kent Creative in 2001, Jon was Director of Advancement Communications for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He began his career as a field officer for the American Cancer Society. His 10 year tenure with the ACS included positions as: Director of Special Events, Major Gifts Officer, Planned Giving Director, Vice-President for Development and Director of Marketing and Communications (Mid-South). He has a Master's degree in Institutional Advancement from Vanderbilt University. A native Nashvillian, Jon combines deep experience in fundraising and fundraising communications with an earnest passion for helping nonprofits thrive.
Academic Medicine & Research
Mass. Eye and Ear (Harvard Teaching Hospital) |Weill Cornell Medical College | The Aspen Cancer Conference |The Centerstone Research Institute |The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology |Massachusetts General Hospital | M.D. Anderson Cancer Center | National Jewish Health |Case Western School of Medicine |The University of Tennessee Health Sciences |USC Keck School of Medicine |Vanderbilt University Medical Center |Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center |Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine |Vanderbilt Institute for Imaging Sciences
Hospitals & Health
Centerstone |Gilda's Club Nashville |Hasbro Children's Hospital | Lake Forest Hospital |Massachusetts General Hospital| The Myriam Hospital |Williamson Medical Center (with Vision Philanthropy Group)
Agency for Persons with Disabilities | The ARC of Middle Tennessee |The Lili Claire Foundation |The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network |The Autism Society | Brilliant Minds | Els For Autism |The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (University of Miami) |The Disability Law Advocacy Center |The Dan Marino Foundation | The Disability Independence Group |The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee |Marino Campus |The TN Council on Developmental Disabilities |The Williams Syndrome Association
Father Ryan High School |Cornell College |USC School of Cinematic Arts |Vanderbilt University School of Medicine |Lake Forest College |Loras College | MTSU |Rhodes College |East Academy | The Nashville Public School Alliance |The Nashville Learning Group |The Nantucket Learning Group | Rhodes College | Stand for Children
Arts & Civic Organizations
Actor's Bridge Ensemble | The Greater New Orleans Foundation |The Nashville Entrepreneur Center |The Nashville Public Library Foundation | The Nashville Reparatory Theatre | The Tennessee Justice Center |Land Trust of Tennessee |Students Taking A Right Stand |Bright Horizons Family Foundation | Stand for Children.
"Jon’s artistic vision combined with his deep understanding of the fundraising process for medical research made our message come alive on the screen."
-Gina Kirchweger, Ph.D., Director of Communications, The Lajolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology
“Kent Creative's greatest strength is no simply that they always produce excellent, top quality creative materials. Beyond that, their real forte is the ability to grasp complex problems in biomedical research, to capture the value and excitement of science, and to translate information in ways that inspires others to support it.”
— Ray Dubois, MD/PHD Executive Director, Biodesign Institute of Arizona State
“Jon Kent has an innate sense for capturing the essence of a nonprofit. I don’t have to go over things with him step by step, and that saves valuable time and critical resources.”
— Mary Partin, C.E.O. The Dan Marino Foundation
"Jon Kent is the ultimate professional. He is creative, intelligent, kind, and wonderful to work with. I would recommend him to everyone."
-Debbie Dietz, Executive Director, Disability Independence Group
“I’ve had a great relationship with Jon Kent for the past twelve years. I continue to be impressed with their ability to develop absolutely outstanding print and video materials, while at the same time offering the crucial development communications strategies and fundraising counsel that you don’t find at other firms. ”
— Pam Gerard, Vice President for Alumni and College Advancement, Cornell College
"In my position as founder and Executive Director of the Sprout Film Festival I have become very familiar with the works of Jon Kent. His projects have consistently proven to be enlightening, entertaining, personal and touching. His work is impactful and memorable.”
— Anthony Di Salvo, Executive Director, Sprout