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Ruth Terry

Ruth Terry

Freelance Contributor

The Common Language Project

Writer + Consultant


The Common Language Project

Freelance Contributor

I write features about global greening for this nonprofit multimedia outlet, 2011 winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Ink Publishing

Freelance Travel Writer

Contribute stories about African destinations for b.spirit!, an inflight magazine produced by Ink for Brussels Airlines.

Regular Contributor | Nonprofit Section

I share best practices from successful regional marketers, fundraisers and directors in articles for nonprofit and business leaders.

Ruth Writes, LLC

Writer + Consultant

Independent journalist, blogger and content creator for magazines, nonprofits and corporate clients.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Visual Arts Intern

• Designed and implemented a volunteer management program.
• Curated a show of prints by local artists and youth apprentices.

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Graduate Assistant

Conducted research, analyzed data and wrote reports.

We Have Faith Media

Blogger, Global Green Action

Traveled by truck from Nairobi, Kenya to Durban, South Africa, tent camping and blogging about climate issues, conservation and COP17, the UN's global climate talks, all along the way. Also provided editorial direction and social media marketing for this pop-up blog.

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Founder, Director of Online Content

• Founded peer-mentoring group for women reinventing themselves professionally.
• Built website, defined virtual brand, and established social media presence.
• Created editorial calendar for three contributing writers.
• Managed domain and monitored site stats through WordPress and Google Apps.


The Rapidian

Citizen Journalist, Editorial Mentor

• Wrote features and how-to articles.
• Helped new reporters brainstorm ideas, structure stories and edit content.

Issue Media Group

Freelance Journalist for Rapid Growth Media

Pitched ideas and wrote features on small business, women, arts/culture, travel and lifestyle.

Read Asia

Development Director

• Established this fiscal sponsorship project under an international faith-based nonprofit.
• Raised $1.9 million in one year for Read Asia and its fiscal sponsor.
• Developed brand, style guide and suite of marketing materials.

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Asthma Network

Fund Developer

• Created a strategic fund development plan.
• Board development, including fund development training and engagement events.

Planned Parenthood

Resource Development Associate

• Raised $120,000 in one year through annual fund mailings and special events.
• Identified and cultivated major gifts prospects.
• Planned and executed point of entry activities to engage new supporters.

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Metro Health

Foundation Intern

• Researched corporate and foundation funders.
• Composed letters of inquiry, grants and project budgets.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Public Relations & Marketing Intern

Developed and implemented an outcomes-based evaluation of an NEA-funded exhibition.

Grand Valley State University

M.P.A., Public Administration, Non-profit Management, Arts Administration

Calvin College

BA, Art History, Studio Art, English, Architecture

College of DuPage

Art, Jewelry/Metals, Art History