Project Overview

Guardian Catholic School

Leveraging the Guardian Catholic Schools’ storied history to raise funds and solidify its students’ bright futures.

Guardian Catholic School
Guardian Catholic School


Two historic Catholic schools in Jacksonville’s Northside were under major duress. A plan was devised to merge the two schools to form Guardian Catholic School, serving students from pre-K through 8th grade in an area of the city with the largest statistical concentration of residents living in poverty. A brand story, planning for a capital campaign, and strategic marketing efforts were needed to achieve its $10 million fundraising goal.

Services Provided

  • Brand & Content Strategy
  • Capital Campaign Strategy
  • Media & Event Planning
  • Media Relations
  • Traditional, Digital & Social Campaigns
  • Donor Communications


ruckus was selected as The Guardian Catholic Schools agency partner in 2015 with an initial focus on developing the brand story for the organization and developing a theme and communications plan for its upcoming capital campaign. “Build the Dream, Guard the Legacy’’ launched at a private event at the Brumos Museum in February 2016 and set the stage for the campaign committee to utilize a variety of ruckus-developed strategies and tactics to engage previous and new donors in making a financial commitment to build the Guardian Catholic School of the future.

Our Results

The successful campaign raised more than $10 million over the course of 16 months, bringing new donors and levels of engagement and awareness not previously attained.

What Clients Are Saying

“ruckus has provided amazing creative and timely strategies that have given Guardian Catholic School successful results time after time.”

Jane R. Lanier
Chair, Guardian Board of Directors

Guardian Catholic School
Guardian Catholic School
Guardian Catholic School