Joanne Fritz

Joanne Fritz has worked in the nonprofit world for most of her 30-year career beginning with teaching at the secondary, college, and university levels. She has also held senior management positions at two national nonprofits and two universities. Fritz has served on numerous nonprofit boards and was chosen to participate in leadership programs in two cities.


Fritz served as Director of Development for The Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, Associate Director of Programs at Elderhostel's Southwest Regional Office, and Director of University Relations at St. Louis University and the University of Iowa. She has also taught courses in writing, public relations, and American culture from high school to the university levels.


Fritz graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's Degree in Teaching English. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from St. Louis University. She attended the Leadership Program in Higher Education at Harvard University. Fritz has belonged to and held leadership positions in professional associations such as PRSA, NSFRE, CASE and IABC.


Joanne Fritz makes every effort to offer accurate, common-sense, and ethical advice about the nonprofit sector both on this website, and linked to from this website, but she is not an attorney nor a CPA. The content on the site is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality, and is not to be construed as legal advice.

The site has a world-wide audience, and nonprofit law and regulations vary from state to state and country to country, so the site cannot be definitive on all of them. When in doubt, always seek legal counsel or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources. The information on this site is for guidance, ideas, and assistance only.

Joanne Fritz

This is an exciting time to be part of the nonprofit world. Nonprofit organizations and charitable causes are in the public eye daily, and the interest in volunteering is at an all-time high. New ways of engaging in philanthropy, whatever one's income, bloom across the Internet. New models for addressing global problems have emerged at an increased pace. The nonprofit world is unique, complex, and fascinating. I'll help you stay informed and develop your skills.

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