Freelance + Portfolio

Writing & Editing

I write for foundations, universities, and nonprofit community organizations that desire a clear compelling voice for their publications and websites. My clients include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more than twenty-five years I have been reporting on issues of youth, education, the environment, and community change. My work features the voices of people who face tough challenges in their schools, workplaces, and communities, and it chronicles peoples' inspired efforts to improve life for themselves and others.

Your organization no doubt plays a crucial role in creating opportunities that enable people to learn, grow, and get ahead. I’ll help you identify the pieces of the story you want to communicate and the people and voices who can tell it best.

Everything is held together with stories, that is all that is holding us together, stories—compassion.

Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

Overview brochure

The Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation

© Susie Fitzhugh

The foundation needed an overview brochure to reach policymakers, international leaders, and grantees with information about their initiatives written in a tone that was urgent, temperate, and clear.

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Outreach campaign

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

© Susie Fitzhugh

A national foundation wanted to help people living in tough neighborhoods tell their own stories—first-person accounts of the challenges they face and their promising solutions. Real Stories was the result, a series of brochures and online stories.

Real Stories: New Orleans


William + Flora Hewlett Foundation

© Susie Fitzhugh

A leading grantmaker in efforts to protect the environment in the U.S. and abroad needed to update its website. They wanted the web copy to communicate the foundation’s new strategies and objectives to prospective grantseekers and to avoid jargon—dreaded “foundation-speak”—in the process.

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How I can help

Writing, editing, and project coordination for organizations with a real story to tell.

Stories and profiles featuring first-person accounts of the challenges people face in their work, schools, and communities and their inspired solutions.

Twenty years of reporting on issues of youth, education, the environment, and community change.

Profiles and promising models that offer fresh ideas, hope, and a sense of impact.

Brochures, web copy, online multimedia, case studies, and reports highlighting programs, progress, and results.

Project coordination with photographers, editors, and graphic designers.


Photograph copyrighted by Rosanne Olson.


Annie E. Casey Foundation
Bailey-Boushay House
Benton Foundation (Connect for Kids)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Boston Port Authority
Casey Family Programs
Council on Foundations
Country Doctor Clinic
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medic One Foundation
Medina Children’s Services
Mountain Lamp
Philanthropy Northwest
Providence Hospice of Seattle
Pyramid Communications
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Goodwill
Seattle University
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Swedish Medical Center
University of Washington
University of Idaho
Utah Valley University
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation