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.
(Click on the file folder icon above for my résumé.)

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.

Call me at 612.865.8642, or click on the envelope icon above to email me.

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University of Chicago

Celebrating 50 years of college access

UChicago programs prepare Chicago public high school students for success as first-generation college students.

Access Magazine by FedEx

Baltimore: Where Grassroots Social Innovators Connect

I wrote about three women who are working to solve some of their city's most pressing social challenges.

Access Magazine by FedEx

Using Innovation to Empower Women of Color

Q&A with Kathryn Finney, the smart, funny, force-of-nature founder of digitalundivided.



Gap Inc. blog post: When a seasonal job turns into a career you love

Meet four employees who started as seasonal hires in Gap Inc. stores and wound up finding their passion.

NORC 75th Anniversary timeline

NORC delivers insight, impact and innovation that has shaped research and policy all over the world. I researched and wrote concise copy for this celebratory timeline.

Rush University Medical Center

Bullying: 7 Things Parents Need to Know

I regularly write for Rush's consumer publications and for its Office of Community Engagement.


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.

The McKnight Foundation

Bill Holm, McKnight Distinguished Artist

From 2004–2015, I edited the book honoring each year's McKnight Distinguished Artist. This was one of my favorites.

The McKnight Foundation

Siah Armajani, McKnight Distinguished Artist

Find beauty and holiness in new and necessary facts.

The McKnight Foundation

Ranee Ramaswamy, McKnight Distinguished Artist

Ranee is a dancemaker and performer whose work is based in the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam.

Feature Stories

Walgreen World

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Luxury

Walgreens partnered with hip cosmetics phenom Nonie Creme to create an exclusive line.

University of Chicago

UChicago Local and South Side partners cook up an innovative job-training program | Civic Engagement

This story for the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement spotlights a program aimed at giving South Siders access to jobs on campus.

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