October 19, 2017
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How to get your organization featured on The Renewal Project

We want to promote the innovative work taking place across the country—and we want you to tell us about it

We’ve made it our mission to share great ideas, and now we’re asking for yours. We want to know: what’s working in your hometown?

The Renewal Project, which is made possible by Allstate, is always on the hunt for stories about people making a difference in their communities. Are you a volunteer or do you work for an innovative local nonprofit? Tell us about it, and we may publish your story and share it with our audience, a national network of people just like you who care about their communities.

So how do you know if you have what we’re looking for? We’ve developed a simple checklist:

What makes a Renewal Project story?

  • Does it highlight the community? Are you or your organization doing something that benefits your neighbors, your city, or your state?
  • Does it identify an innovative solution to a major challenge? It isn’t enough to profile a great nonprofit. What is this organization doing differently to tackle a persistent problem?
  • Is it likely to inspire other communities across America? Is there a message in the story that would be relevant to community leaders across the country?

Everything check out? Great! Now it’s time to reach out to us.

Submit your story to The Renewal Project

The Renewal Project editors invite community leaders and volunteers to write about their work. We’re not looking for press releases. We want to hear your personal story. Tell us why you are passionate about the work and what you’ve learned along the way. Tell us about your community and what makes it special. Our goal is to have your personal voice come through, in the hope that it will inspire leaders in other communities.

Essays will be in first person, and typically run from 600 to 700 words. (This is a general guide; they can be a little shorter or longer.) The best essays are personal, authentic, and honest. They often include advice or lessons learned that others can apply in their own work. And they are inclusive; these stories should celebrate solutions. On that note, we refrain from political debate. There are plenty of other sites that host those types of discussions, and do that well!

You can submit your essays to us via email: info@TheRenewalProject.com. Editors monitor this inbox daily. Please include your name, title, and how you are affiliated with the project or nonprofit you wrote about in your essay. We will contact you to let you know if we will feature your submission. If we do greenlight it, we will ask you for photos, and an author headshot and bio.

You can also simply pitch an idea to us, and we can work with you to turn it into a story for the site. Besides email, you can also reach us through our social media channels. Send us a note through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Renewal Project is made possible by Allstate.

Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers is the editor of The Renewal Project. You can reach her at mmyers@atlanticmedia.com.