Joanne Fritz

Joanne Fritz has been the nonprofit expert for The Balance since 2006. She has over 30 years of experience including stints in corporate public relations, nonprofit fundraising, and university relations. She has also taught public relations and writing for two universities and one college.

Fritz has also served on several nonprofit boards, been selected for leadership programs in two cities, and attended a Harvard seminar for leaders in higher education. She has served in leadership positions for several professional organizations, including CASE, PRSA, and IABC.



Fritz served as Director of Public Relations for Sachs Properties, 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.

At Sachs Properties in St. Louis, Fritz oversaw marketing and public relations for a planned residential and business community. She edited newsletters, supervised the creation of marketing materials, and planned special events. Moving on to the Girls Scouts (the largest council in the US), Fritz was the head fundraiser and also directed marketing, public relations, and community relations.

At St. Louis University and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Fritz supported fundraising efforts and directed marketing, media relations, publications, and community relations. She organized and directed special events at both universities and specialized in crisis communications.

During Fritz's time in higher education, she also taught writing, public relations, and American history at Webster University in St. Louis, St. Louis University, and the University of Iowa. She also was a frequent presenter at conferences for PR practitioners.

Fritz finished her career at Elderhostel, a national nonprofit specializing in educational travel. She supervised programs in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, serving as a liaison between program providers and the regional and national headquarters of Elderhostel. She helped market those programs to potential participants through speaking engagements and the creation of marketing materials.


Fritz holds a Bachelor's degree in education and English, a MAT in Teaching English, and a Ph.D. in American Studies.