Case Studies

NAMI San Mateo County Logo

Graybird Foundation worked with NAMI San Mateo County to build a new website and revitalize their online presence.

The Challenge

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides support, education, and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families. The organization began in the 1970s as a San Mateo grassroots movement and has since become a multi-million-dollar nonprofit with independently operating local chapters throughout the United States.

NAMI San Mateo County (NAMI SMC) approached Graybird for assistance with their marketing. While other local NAMI chapters in the Bay Area were attracting increasing amounts of donors, NAMI SMC was having difficulty competing for exposure and funding. We identified initial improvements and scoped a relatively short project to help NAMI SMC build a more modern website, develop stronger messaging for their audiences, and create a social media presence.

The Strategy

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We believe that a highly functioning website can attract more supporters and better serve clients.

The first change NAMI San Mateo needed to take to gain improved local recognition was to refresh their website. In addition to building new web pages, Graybird Foundation also helped NAMI SMC develop targeted messages for visitors and create social media accounts to encourage community connections.


Marketing & Communications


A great-looking website is most effective with compelling content that inspires visitors to take action. We began our project with NAMI SMC by working with them to write audience-specific messages for the home page. These messages are calls-to-action for their four main audiences: individuals with a mental health diagnosis, families of individuals with mental health concerns, the San Mateo County community, and donors. The big, bold calls-to-action are moving messages that immediately encourage website visitors to find support, get involved, and donate.



LifeMoves Pyramid of Caring

Graybird Foundation partnered with interactive design agency StoverPix to develop a new, more modern and easy-to-use NAMI San Mateo website. Working along side NAMI SMC, we reorganized the website content and developed a cleaner, more efficient navigation. The new website is more visually appealing and presents information in such a way as to attract additional supporters, clients, and donors.


LifeMoves Pyramid of Caring
Facebook and Twitter logos

Social Media

The inexpensive power of social media is one of the most readily available marketing tools for any nonprofit. Graybird introduced Facebook and Twitter accounts to the NAMI SMC staff and trained them how to use those social media platforms. Our goal was to incrementally build a social media following that would allow clients and supporters of NAMI SMC to feel more in touch with the organization.

A New Presence for an Unheard Voice

For over 40 years, NAMI San Mateo County has worked tirelessly to provide hope, assistance and inclusion for people suffering from mental illness and their families in the community. The website update from Graybird Foundation is a small, yet important step in lending a voice to the organization that improves the lives of family, friends and neighbors who love and care for this very deserving segment of society.

quote-open-iconGraybird Foundation created a wonderful website to help us in our mission to attract more supporters. The site has more energy with the new client testimonial section, the calendar of events and compelling calls-to-actions.”

Helene Zimmerman, NAMI SMC Executive Director

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Natalie Occhipinti

Natalie Occhipinti

Marketing Coordinator

Natalie was born and raised in the Bay Area, attending Trinity School and Castilleja. She left California for college, attending the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned BA in Ecology and Environmental Biology and a minor in Religious Studies.

Natalie chose to study both science and religion in her college career. While gaining a deep understanding of the world’s ecosystems through research projects and lecture, Natalie simultaneously expanded her knowledge of worldly affairs and historical communities by writing and engaging in discussion with her peers and professors. Along with her studies, Natalie enjoyed exploring Colorado. Now she’s back in the Bay Area, working with Graybird as our Marketing Coordinator. She brings a unique, analytical perspective to our office.

As Marketing Coordinator, Natalie conducts client research, compiles research results and manages interview schedules. She schedules, prepares and attends client meetings, presentations and events, while also reviewing and providing input on all Graybird projects.

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys traveling, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

I can’t function without

Coffee Coffee Coffee

The travel adventure on my bucket list is

Exploring Southeast Asia

A nerdy thing I love to do

Discuss scientific theories

Favorite Podcast/Movie/Book/Play/Artist

My favorite movie is Funny Face, and my favorite musical group is Fleetwood Mac

My favorite spot in the Bay Area is

Skyline Boulevard

You would never guess

I was born on leap day!

Favorite part of my job

Working with a group of remarkable women