Meet Kivi

Here’s my freelancing story . . .

I started freelancing in 1998, after moving cross-country from the San Francisco Bay Area to Washington DC to be with my then-boyfriend, now-husband. It was a big move, so I thought I’d make it an even bigger one by starting my own business. I wanted to make a living as a freelance writer and editor for environmental organizations, thus EcoScribe Communications was born.

I had worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a small foundation in San Francisco, and had served on the boards of and volunteered with numerous nonprofits. I saw plenty of need for a good writer who understood both the issues and the nonprofit world.

But within a matter of months, clients were asking if I could not only write their newsletter, but lay it out too. And could I get bids from the printer while I was at it? And convert it to a PDF and put in on the website? Could I not only whip up a press release, but call a few reporters too?

Soon I was not only implementing tactics for clients, but also creating their marketing strategies, drafting their communications budgets, and attempting to calculate return-on-investment for all of this work. Expanding my business beyond freelance writing and editing in this way worked for me and it worked for my clients.

But after freelancing and consulting for 10 years, I was ready for something new.  I decided that I’d rather spend my time teaching staff at thousands of small nonprofits how to do good marketing and communications themselves, rather than doing it directly for a handful of clients. I launched NonprofitMarketingGuide.com in 2007 and it’s now my primary business. More than 2,500 nonprofits have participated in my weekly webinar series. I also wrote a book called The Nonprofit Marketing Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

While my first love is helping nonprofits, I also still feel great love for my freelancing brethren, which is why I created Writing for Nonprofits. I want other freelance writers to know the joy of writing for the good causes you love, and being able to pay the mortgage while you do it.

Contact Me

Email is best, followed by Twitter. You can also call me at 336-499-5816. I currently live in North Carolina, which is on Eastern Time.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Larry Chandler January 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

I tried to sign up for the Spring 2011 waiting list regarding your Freelance Writer Coaching program. Is it too late to be added to the list?

2 Jacqueiline Winston March 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I tried to sign up for the Spring 2011 Coaching program waiting list. Is it too late to add my nmer to the list?

3 vandana April 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Hello,
I love to write…..i write poems and stories and articles….i would like to write articles as a beginner without any profits,…

can you help me please????i really want to be a good writer…..

Thank you for helping
waiting for your response

Regards
Vandana

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