about my writing
I am a Chicago-based writer with 25 years of experience writing emotionally evocative copy that supports the cultural, educational and humanistic missions of nonprofit organizations such as social service agencies, community health centers and hospitals, educational institutions, conservation organizations, museums, botanic gardens and zoos.
My nonprofit clients rely on me for my strong concept development skills, my attention to detail and my ability to write engaging and persuasive copy that promotes awareness of their missions, reflects their strategic objectives, increases community involvement and generates fundraising revenues.
My fundraising appeals and membership acquisition packages consistently produce excellent returns and frequently outperform previous efforts. For example, a member acquisition package that I conceived for The Jewish Museum in New York generated twice as many new memberships as the museum's previous acquisition mailing. A year-end appeal for Hephzibah Children's Association in Illinois raised $28,000 more than the previous year's appeal — a 29 percent increase in revenues.
Because my interviewing style is warm and personal — and I have a talent for getting to the essence of my subjects — I am often hired to write magazine profiles (including donor profiles for nonprofits) that go beyond factual reporting into a deeper realm, where readers can learn about the life experiences, values and priorities that motivate my subjects.
My strategic thinking skills — coupled with my ability to create clear, concise and compelling promotional copy — also make me an ideal candidate for commercial clients in need of identity brochures, promotional materials and website content.
some past & present writing clients
The American Museum of Natural History
The Anderson Foundation
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Bronx Zoo
The Children's Museum of San Jose
Divane Brothers Electric Company
Emerging Photographer magazine
Erie Family Health Centers
Frassati Catholic Academy
Hephzibah Children’s Association
International Society of Systematic Biologists
The Jewish Museum, New York
Kittleman & Associates
Lincoln Park Zoo
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Oak Park Township
Olympus Imaging America, Inc. (Olympus Visionaries Program)
Photo District News magazine
Seneca Park Zoo
SOS Children’s Village Illinois
Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Stockland Martel, New York
University of Illinois College of Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois Department of Medicine
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Westchester Food Bank