Communicate your cause.
Brand whisperer. Cause evangelist.
My background as a creative writer taught me to recognize great stories. My years as a journalist and a professional copywriter taught me to listen closely when people talk. And my skills as a consultant match my professional mission: to help forward-thinking organizations achieve success by empowering them to communicate clearly.
Whether coaching nonprofits to develop their brands or helping progressive businesses or budding B-corps to fulfill their philanthropic purpose, I collaborate with you to:
- Identify and clarify your mission
- Communicate it to the broadest possible audience
- Create systems that support it for the long run
As a consultant, I succeed by elevating your organization to the point where you don’t need me anymore.
My intention is to align you with the powerful magnetic north of ‘generous global giving.’ Along the way, nothing excites me more than seeing and facilitating positive transformation — of a person, a team, an organization, or the planet.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation relies on me to sharpen and brand its communications plan.
I helped turn around the ManKind Project of Los Angeles, increasing new membership and participation by more than 100%.
Art + Practice, a new art and social services nonprofit, needed an eagle-eyed editor and branding expert to steer its communications program.
I'm part of writing team that has raised $15 million for Green Dot Public Schools. So far.
United States Artists enlisted my ability to connect people with their passions to help develop a major endowment campaign.
Julie Hart, an Australian psychologist, trusted me to brand and market her first online course for couples.
Through its creative agency, I helped The Broad Stage create several successful direct-mail programs.
Culture expert and executive coach Debbie Robins sought me out to create content for her new website.
I brought a new perspective and a fresh voice to Scripps College's respected alumni magazine.
It has been my pleasure to work with Colin on a variety of projects. His talent as a writer and communicator has made him an essential member
of our team. He created a style manual for the Foundation that has resulted in consistent written communication from all the staff. We are grateful for his contributions to our marketing and our fundraising. Everyone loves working with him, because he challenges us to think big thoughts.
Colin’s vision for healthy growth made significant positive and lasting changes for MKPLA. His background in written and branded communications helped us elevate and align our outreach materials and make our message consistent. His passion and commitment served as an inspiration for those inside and outside the community. He is a leader among leaders, and a man I trust and admire.Les Sinclair
Colin is the first person I call when I’m developing any kind of editorial project. He asks the right questions, understands the big picture, identifies details others have overlooked, and delivers top-quality content on or before the deadline. I’m always blown away by his insight and execution, though by now I’ve come to expect nothing less from Colin.Mark Frauenfelder
Colin was a consultant for two years at USA and wonderful to work with. He interacted skillfully with our board members, and his contribution to our endowment campaign was essential in shaping the identity and branding of the organization. And he always delivered on time and on budget.Jocelyn McCormick
1. I don’t walk in with solutions.
2. I watch and listen. Closely.
3. I help you to recognize the power of your brand.
4. Along the way, I solve problems.
5. I help you manage details while keeping the big picture in focus.
6. I acknowledge the value of human relationships.
Along with gathered data, storytelling needs to be part of a holistic approach to your nonprofit’s brand development that includes excellent design, ease of access, and strategic social media.read more