Let Them Be Heard

Organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Spells Writing Lab and ACHIEVEability provide vital services to the Philadelphia community — homes for families in need, free tutoring programs for children, and services to help break the cycle of poverty.

But if these nonprofits aren’t able to spread the word about their services — if they’re not able to clearly communicate their goals to attract funding and support — then their well-intentioned efforts are for naught.

That’s where Drexel Edits comes in. Founded by communication prof Lawrence Souder, PhD, the group provides pro-bono editing services to local nonprofits. Their list of services includes editing and consultations on grant proposals, strategic plans, public relations and social media communications, annual reports, newsletters, brochures and more.

Inspired by Souder’s Nonprofit Communication course, the organization calls on Drexel students, staff and alums — anyone interested in giving back through editing.

“Nonprofits must communicate effectively to survive in a competitive economy,” says Souder. “At the same time, they have unique needs and limitations. The careful eye of a trained editor can be invaluable in helping them meet their goals.”

Interested in volunteering for Drexel Edits, or know of an organization that could use its services? Contact Lawrence Souder at DrexelEdits@drexel.edu.

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