Social Impact Storytelling

Stories that put people first

One of my great passions is helping nonprofits and purpose-driven enterprises communicate their mission and impact through storytelling.

As a journalist and editor who spent years telling the stories of people the media too often ignored, the most important lesson I’ve learned is that listening is the heart of storytelling.

If your organization is looking to

  • communicate your changing mission
  • illustrate your impact by sharing stories of people whose lives you’ve touched
  • strategize how to get your message out through web, print, social, and video channels
  • translate complex technical information into language anyone can understand at first glance

I’ll start by listening to your needs and goals. Then I’ll partner with your staff, management, and clients to create narratives that catch readers’ attention and inspire them to act.

A few past and current clients: Actual Agency,, American Society on Aging, Friends of Outdoor School, Good Governance Institute, Gray Family Foundation, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland International Airport/Port of Portland, REACH Strategies, Roccam Recruiting.

What my clients say

“Working with Jonathan is a dream. He dives into research and interviews that help us understand our own stories better than we do. Then he turns around and delivers clear, compelling copy that informs and delights our audience. Jonathan’s stories for our digital channels also help crack our media pitches, talking points and other integrated communications pieces.”  — Katie Meeker, Portland International Airport

“Not only is he an empathetic interviewer and skilled writer, he was also able to jump into a fast-paced team and navigate organizational complexity to begin delivering impact quickly. If you are looking for a writer to handle sensitive topics or speak to complex issues in a clear and trauma-informed way, Jonathan is the ideal candidate.” — Katrina Boratko,

impact reports • content strategy • email newsletters • multimedia project management • blogging • thought leadership

Photo credit for header: Green Chameleon on Unsplash