Every brand has a story to tell

And every great story rings true with its intended audience. The voice is authentic, and the themes resonate. The Ivy Group serves clients near and far with strategic marketing, website development, public relations, and print and digital communications services. We'd like the opportunity to tell your brand's story. We welcome inquiries, return calls promptly, and enjoy making new friends.

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Purpose

To help communities thrive.

Since our founding in 1989, The Ivy Group has collaborated with a variety of organizations to develop strategies, branding, marketing, and outreach programs that address business and social challenges. Our work has meaning beyond its impact on the client. As both employer and engine of business advancement, The Ivy Group’s work contributes to a community’s economy and quality of life. When our clients succeed, communities succeed.
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Clients

We do great work for good partners. We work with committed teams that believe in what they are doing. They positively impact their communities, whether those exist as physical locales or as a collective of like-minded individuals. From libraries to not-for-profits, from manufacturers to professional service firms, from entrepreneurial start-ups to established enterprises—our clients rely on us for strategic thinking, timely response, breakthrough creative, and pinpoint execution. And we deliver. The best client-agency relationships are built on trust and teamwork: our clients have confidence in our talents and integrity, and we rely on their guidance. Together, we leverage the power of imagination and collaboration. And, while work should be challenging, it also can be fun. In fact, we’ve found that it’s only fun if it’s challenging.
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Values

Intentional problem-solving

We approach challenges thoughtfully and creatively, thinking before we act, working through issues, and incorporating qualitative and quantitative information into deliberate and actionable strategies.

Integrity

We operate with the client’s needs and best interests in mind. We are conscientious, considerate, and trustworthy.

Respect

Our connections are built on mutual respect, trust, fairness, and open communication. We invite input and seek alternative perspectives—acknowledging that nobody ever knows it all—actively and patiently listening and responding thoughtfully. Internally, we step in to help each other, fill gaps on projects when needed, and hold regular team meetings.

Standards of excellence

We strive to do the best work possible. We hold ourselves to high standards and explore ways to deliver better. When differences arise, we advocate for our recommended approach, recognizing that at times the client’s preference may dictate otherwise.

Continuous learning

We believe in lifelong on-the-job learning. We encourage new ideas, seek the latest information, and explore ways to improve. We invest in our team’s continuing education. We believe that shared knowledge improves the quality of our work product and our service to customers.

Kindness

We are well-intentioned, friendly, caring people who enjoy working together in an accommodating environment. Doors are open, success is recognized, and milestones are celebrated.
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Inclusion

As a woman-owned and led business headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, we feel and see inequity in the world, and acknowledge our responsibility to use our influence to make it better. To our employees and collaborative partners in the private and public sector, we pledge that our business practices will reflect the following values and commitments:
  • We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.
  • We are committed to improving our hiring, training, promotional practices, and policies to create a more inclusive team.
  • We strive to create a culturally sensitive workplace for everyone.
  • We value and celebrate differences in our employees, in our customers, and in their communities. We encourage and actively solicit diverse perspectives to improve our work products and outcomes.
  • We will produce designs, tools, tactics, and plans that reflect these values, and stand by them.
  • We welcome employee, customer, and community feedback when we miss the mark, and commit to respond in a way that reflects these values.

Meet the Team


  • Denise B. Prince
    Denise Prince

    Owner & Managing Director
  • Julia A. Prince
    Julia Prince

    Director of Strategy & Operations
  • Franziska L. Matiuk
    Franziska Matiuk

    Creative Director
  • Kathy Kildea
    Kathy Kildea

    Marketing Manager
  • Sarah Hamfeldt
    Sarah Hamfeldt

    Library Specialist
  • Kristen Koch
    Kristen Koch

    Copywriter & Social Media Manager
  • Stephen Burden Charlottesville Graphic Designer
    Stephen Burden

    Senior Designer
  • Leslie Floyd Padilla
    Leslie Padilla

    Developer
  • Landon Dorrier Charlottesville Web Programmer
    Landon Dorrier

    Developer
  • Jan Garrison Charlottesville Marketing Firm Office Adminstrator
    Jan Garrison

    Office Manager

Careers


A career with The Ivy Group offers many opportunities to think creatively, optimize skills, and grow professionally. We foster a sense of community and a dynamic environment that rewards creative problem-solving, responsive customer service, and entrepreneurialism. As a growing company, we are always looking for talent.

Now Hiring: Copywriter and Marketing Manager

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