Nonprofits

Non-profits are created out of a passion. It is not a simple or quick thing to organize a community of people of like mind around a cause and then begin to effect change.

When an organization reaches a certain critical point its founders have to ask themselves some tough questions. Will it be able to grow beyond us, or will it forever be limited by those of us who never sleep?

Writing for non-profit organizations means tapping into that passion, and earning the trust of those who have been there from the beginning, so they can get some rest. That's what I've done with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter, Lawyers for the Creative Arts and for Growing Home, as well as a number of others organizations.

Contact me today for more information about how I can develop a communications strategy for your non-profit organization.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter: Patient Profile

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“Life is so precious, and sometimes when we are in good health we take it for granted. We don’t appreciate our life until we are forced to.”
By Steven Ponton
At age 9
Journal entry

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Infant Welfare Society

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“The Infant Welfare Society’s first patients were immigrants coming to the new world in 1911. Our first caregivers wore petticoats and shawls. These women worked out of storefronts in poor neighborhoods to offer clean, safe milk, and education to mothers and babies.

“Our patients today are immigrants as well, but our caregivers wear lab coats and have professional degrees. No one has to line up at a storefront to receive care anymore….”

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Health Care Alternative Systems

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“After 20 years in America, Salvador had struck the perfect balance of work, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. As a waiter at various Italian restaurants around Chicago, he could make $200 a day, enough to pay the rent and cover his habits. Salvador was often too tired and hung over from his late nights in after-hours joints all over town to work the lucrative lunch hours, but he had enough to get by on. It was the AVM, or Arterial Venal Malformation, that landed him in Stroger Hospital with a series of four brain surgeries to alleviate the debilitating headaches caused by the disease….”

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AIDScare of Chicago

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“There once was a man who dreamed of being a theater performer. He memorized Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches and could perform them on the spot. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Chicago and eventually landed in New York City where he earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University. He started his own catering business and with the help of his theater friends, began catering parties for some of the biggest recording companies and stars in New York. It was all working out. He would surround himself with creative people, and they would work hard and party harder. Life would be good and last forever.

“Then, in the early 1980s, on a wild tour through Europe, Jerome Adams contracted AIDS. The news sent him to the one place he’d never dreamed of — the almost inescapable world of crack cocaine….”

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Black Tie Event to Honor Olympic Gold Medallist

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

“Speed skater Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medallist, will receive The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter’s Humanitarian Award at this year’s Dream for a Cure Gala, Friday, May 2.

“Jansen’s sister Jane died of leukemia while he was competing in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Just hours after hearing of his sister’s death, Jansen fell in both the 500- and 1,000-meter races. He returned in 1994 to win the gold in the 1,000-meter, set the world record and skate a victory lap with his baby daughter Jane in his arms.” …

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Illinois Chapter: Lymphoma treatment — ever changing, ever improving

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Thousands of people stricken with leukemia and lymphoma are searching for information about their diseases, for people sharing the same experiences and for the scientists who are performing cutting edge research. And thousands of others want to support those researchers who make a difference through fundraising. The Illinois Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society LINK newsletter brings them all together, giving hope and inspiration as well as critical information about the fight against blood-related cancers to researchers, funders, survivors and their families throughout the state.

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Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

The 400-member Lawyers for the Creative Arts provides free or low cost legal services to artists and writers in the Chicago area. For their annual benefit, they put together a program book to showcase the work of the attorneys in an effort to increase donor interest. Ryan Du Val and Anna Seifert were two of the artists we profiled.

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First we found the land… (brochure)

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Growing Home is an upstart not-for-profit designed to use organic agriculture to teach self-sufficiency to homeless and other low-income. The organization needed a fundraising tool. While this is the language I originally proposed, the group eventually chose a more traditional not-for-profit tone for its final piece.

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