A strategy and communications firm specializing in creative, effective and practical solutions for organizations in the nonprofit, education, and government arenas.

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning brings out the best in an organization through generative and creative thinking. When done well, strategic planning forms the foundation of a well-run organization and ensures that resources are used wisely in pursuit of clearly defined goals.

We understand that planning requires skilled facilitation to bring stakeholders of an organization into agreement about objectives, priorities and allocation of human and financial resources. We also understand it takes exceptional analysis and writing to make a plan clear and coherent, and that measurement and accountability are core to a plan’s success.

We create plans that are complex enough to express the company’s mission, vision, goals, challenges and opportunities but simple enough to be used every day by staff, board and volunteers to advance the organization. We conduct our work with the flexibility and speed our world requires. And importantly, we create buy-in from key players, knowing that daily actions flow smoothly when strategic plans are done with the full input, open minds and rampant creativity of invested people.

Strategic Planning Clients

Ampersand Families
Beth El Congregation
Caponi Art Park
Chestnut Cambronne
Children’s Surgery International
City of Chanhassen
City of Excelsior
City of Hastings
City of Minnetonka
City of St. Louis Park
Climb Theatre
Cookie Cart
Fit Foodie Finds
Forecast Public Art
Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Green Minneapolis
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Hiawatha Homes
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
Jungle Theater
Lakes Area Music Festival
Matthew Shepard Foundation
McCarter Theater Center (NJ)
Metro Transit
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Minnesota Urban Debate League
Mission Animal Hospital
Mixed Blood Theatre
Music Man Foundation
Neighbors Inc.
OneVillage Partners
Page Education Foundation
Philadelphia Contemporary
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Plymouth Congregational Church
Portland (ME) Museum of Art
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
Ten Thousand Things Theatre
The Bruce (Greenwich, CT)
The Good Acre
The Gotham (New York, NY)
The McNay Museum (San Antonio, Texas)
The Museum of Russian Art
Touchstone Mental Health
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
Women Winning


Communications planning is vital if you want your messages to be heard in a rapidly changing and noisy world. So, too, is compelling, clear and consistent writing. Whether you want to enhance visibility, garner media coverage, prepare for a major fundraising campaign or promote a company leader, a thoughtful, creative and sustainable communications plan is a vital first step.

Parenteau Graves begins projects by understanding the changes, positioning and results our clients seek. We then connect these goals with a company’s broader mission, vision, and brand to ensure organizational consistency. Our deep experience with an array of communication tools and channels adds important value to our services.

Communications Clients

Before Racism
Bush Foundation
Climb Theatre
Dodge Nature Center
Forecast Public Art
Giving Voice
Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of MN)
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
Jeremiah Program
Jungle Theater
Knight Foundation
McKnight Foundation
Mill City Farmers Market
Minnesota Conference, United Church of Christ
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Montessori Center of Minnesota
Proof Alliance
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Ten Thousand Things Theatre
University of Minnesota Foundation
University of Minnesota Law School
Westminster Presbyterian Church
YMCA Greater Twin Cities

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul


Forecast Public Art

Website Development

Website Development

Our technology services include website planning, design and build and social media integration. As with all of our work, we begin by obtaining consensus on the central goals for a project. This broad perspective ensures alignment with an organization’s mission and goals, as well as smart navigation and design choices.

Our process insists upon a coordinated approach between design and content, as well as a long-term plan for maintenance that ensures an organization has the infrastructure to manage technology effectively.

After the site is launched, Parenteau Graves offers plans for maintenance, security and ongoing design consultations to keep our websites looking fresh and current. Many clients choose to use us to manage the site on an ongoing basis.