Colleen Frankhart

Writing, Editing, Good Counsel

I've been a professional writer for more than 25 years, first at a communications consulting startup, then as a writer/editor/publicist for a major public-radio network, and later as a senior copywriter at a marketing agency.

Since 1997, I've been a full-time freelancer specializing in corporate and nonprofit communications.

I help my clients identify the stories they want to tell — and then I tell them in ways that speak to the customers, employees, donors and community members they need to reach.

You'll find a few work samples below; I'd be glad to send you more upon request. I'd be glad to put you in touch with some of my happy long-term clients, too.

And I'd love to talk with you about how I can help your organization tell its most important stories. Click on the email icon below to drop me a note.

(Banner image photo of Bill Holm by Jonathan Chapman)



University of Chicago
UChicago Poverty Lab and community partners team up on recommendations to slow COVID-19 spread

By May of 2020, Katya Nuques and her colleagues at Enlace Chicago in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had been "panicking for weeks," she said. Members of the community, where 84% of residents are Latinx, were testing positive for COVID-19 at a rate almost three times the state average, and the Little Village ZIP code had the highest number of virus cases in Illinois.

University of Chicago
IMPACT Leadership Development Program

The Chicago Urban League's IMPACT Leadership Development Program was launched in 2014 to give midcareer African American professionals tools to thrive in increasingly responsible leadership roles, both in their careers and in the community.

University of Chicago Community Programs Accelerator
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

A 2003 National Endowment for the Arts report on nonprofit dance companies noted ruefully that "dance companies of all genres face the reality of a ruthlessly short lifecycle." Now celebrating its 25th year of presenting world-class dance in Chicago and around the globe, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater has defied that trend through thoughtful leadership and planning.

Rush University Medical Center
REACH Annual Impact Report

The Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH) provides STEM education to Chicago students from pre-K through college.

University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement
The heart of Hyde Park

With UChicago support, black-owned businesses thrive on 53rd Street.

Rush University Medical Center
John's Story: A Rare Tumor, A High-Tech Approach

When a rare head and neck tumor brought 81-year-old John Scambler, DDS, to Rush, the head and neck cancer team used transoral robotic surgery (TORS) to both remove the cancer and preserve John's ability to lead a full, active life.

University of Chicago
Profile: Camille McKenzie

Every time Camille McKenzie and her daughter pass a construction site, the five-year-old says, "That's where Mommy works!"


National Opinion Research Center
NORC 75th Anniversary timeline

NORC delivers insight, impact and innovation that has shaped research and policy all over the world.

Rush University Medical Center
Preventing Golf Injuries

Rush orthopedic surgeons are the best in the business at treating injuries, but they're happy to share advice about how to avoid getting injured in the first place.


American Library Association
Banned Books

I revamped and edited this edition, winner of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table's 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for the best published work about intellectual freedom.

Foodservice News
Top Chefs Chicago

Foodservice News asked me to choose, profile and photograph 10 Chicago chefs who deserved recognition.

University of Chicago
Graham School viewbook

I researched and wrote this piece for the University of Chicago's Graham School, celebrating its history and looking to its future.

Feature Stories

RED, Target Corporation
CityTarget: A Day in the Life

My articles for RED kept Target's 350,000 employees informed — in a fast, fun and friendly way — about what was happening around the company.

Nonprofit Communications

Rush University Medical Center
Rush Health Equity Report

Rush works to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities it serves. The first step is understanding who Rush patients are.

Community Benefits Report

This publication reports on progress toward the goals laid out in Rush's Community Health Implementation Plan.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
MNSights donor publication

Donors to Minnesota Philanthropy Partners learn about community initiatives through MNSights.

University of Chicago
Profile: Akanksha Shah

Akanksha Shah '17 wanted a flexible work opportunity that aligned with her passion for education and with her UChicago class schedule. She couldn't find one — so she started one.

Saint Paul and MInnesota Foundations
MNSights: By the Numbers

The MNSights By the Numbers feature presents quick-hit data in a fun, graphic way.

Rush University Medical Center
Leading the Country in Strengthening Communities

Rush University Medical Center is an "anchor institution" on Chicago's West Side — and is a national leader in channeling its economic power for the benefit of the community.

University of Chicago
Profile: Kemati Porter

Porter heads eta Creative Arts Foundation, a home for the performing and visual arts on Chicago's South Side.

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