Charity and

- editorial services and specialisms -

Publications by
charities and non-profits

Inform, engage and motivate your audience while demonstrating accountability via accurate and polished copy

Whatever you call your audience – customers, beneficiaries, users, stakeholders, members – I can help you reach out to them in a way that is consistent with your vision, mission and voice

Publications about charities and non-profits

Convey your expert knowledge of charities and non-profits, helping to build a more robust and impactful sector

From governance to peace processes and from fundraising to finance, I can help you to broadcast your knowledge of how the charity and non-profit sector works

Flemish Peace Institute

Thank you for the extremely detailed work you do on our reports. You not only make the text grammatically correct but you also improve the quality of the report with your thorough comments and questions for the authors. Also the check of the endnotes is very thorough and improves our work. We highly appreciate the commitment you reflect by sending queries during the editing process so that you can apply decisions to the entire text, and your effort to accommodate our challenging deadlines.’

Margarida Ferro, Office Manager

Directory of Social Change

A full-length handbook, an in-depth report or a stubbornly difficult chapter – Hazel approaches each and every project with equal amounts of care and attention to detail that is second to none. She has been our trusted copy-editor for a number of years now, and we couldn’t hope for a better advisor on all things editorial. Not only that, but she is also an absolute pleasure to work with!’

John Martin, Publisher
Gabi Zagnojute, Editorial Manager

Charity and non-profit editing and proofreading clients

Some of my past and present charity and non-profit editing and proofreading clients are:

  • Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Behavioural Insights Team
  • DSC – Directory of Social Change
  • Dubai Future Foundation
  • Flemish Peace Institute
  • Inclusive Peace
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Quakers in Britain
  • Royal Osteoporosis Society
  • SIPRI – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • Individual authors
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Specialist focus

Peace processes and peace research

Whether you’ve conducted some peace research, are publishing a policy paper or advisory note, have a factsheet to share, or are issuing some other form of writing on peace processes or peace research, I can help to ensure it is clear, user-friendly, thoroughly polished and meticulously referenced.

I can knit together writing from various authors, including those for whom English is not a first language. And I can work to ensure your terminology and tone guidance is carefully implemented, respecting the need for neutrality and sensitivity when describing complex realities.

Specialist focus

Charity operations and governance

With a broad background editing and proofreading publications about all aspects of running a charity – from grant-making to legacy fundraising and from impact assessment to charity investing – I can work with you to hone your text to reach your readership in the most effective way possible.

Whether your publication contains heavy technical detail or lays out a bold new idea – or both – I can offer you a rigorous editorial service solidly grounded in the unique charity landscape.


Full list of specialisms

Technical and professions

  • Business and leadership
  • Charity operations, governance and fundraising
  • Climate
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Futures
  • Healthcare
  • Investment
  • Marketing
  • Peace processes and peace research
  • Resources and transit
  • Software and data management

Humanities and lifestyle

  • Anthropology
  • Art history
  • Genealogy
  • Health and fitness
  • History
  • Media, culture and communication
  • Mountaineering and expeditions
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religion

What my clients say

‘It has been such an enjoyable process working with ... Hazel Bird (copy-editor extraordinaire).’

– Neela Jane Stansfield, author of Grants Fundraising (Directory of Social Change
in association with the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent
and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, 2022)

‘Hazel is an exceptional editor. She has an incredible eye for detail and makes suggestions for cuts and amendments to the texts which vastly improve the flow and strength of the prose. Her queries were always thoughtful and considered and have been extremely useful for the authors. This was a complicated project with lots of different elements, but Hazel handled everything in a calm and professional way which made the whole process smooth and stress-free. It's been a pleasure to work with someone as skilled as Hazel. Thank you.’

– Emily Pedder, Director of The Book Edit and The Academic Edit  (feedback on copyediting academic grant proposals and assessments)

‘[The report’s funder] said that it looked like we had a really good editor working on the report and that they were really happy with the quality of it!’

– Charity client

‘I would like to stress that you did an amazing job with the text and that it has benefited substantially from your work. Many thanks for that!’

– Author of a non-profit report

‘Thanks so much for your help over the years – I’ve always been able to send the magazine to the printers with 100% certainty that there will be no typos, howlers or spelling mistakes included thanks to your thorough work on each issue!’

– Dom Hall, Content Manager, Royal Osteoporosis Society

‘I’d appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to Hazel for her work on this – it’s been of a consistently high quality and she’s been incredibly helpful throughout the entire process.’

– Author of a charity report

‘You made our work read a million times better so for that I am extremely grateful.’

– Public policy foundation

‘I’ve checked through the proofs and you’ve made everything incredibly clear.’

– Charity client

‘Your copyeditor has done a fantastic job as the copy is quite clean, as you'll see from my mark-up.’

– Proofreader of a book copyedited for a charity client

Editorial services for charities and non-profits

Publication types

Impact reports
Research reports
White papers
Applications and assessments
Annual report and accounts
Grant applications
Service prospectuses
Client/beneficiary/user materials
Web and marketing copy
Member magazines and newsletters

Full edit

Optimise your text for your audience with comprehensive enhancements to flow, clarity and consistency

Final eyes

Publish with confidence, knowing your text has been thoroughly checked for errors, consistency and layout

Referencing check-up

Convey your authority and demonstrate your evidence base with meticulously constructed and verified referencing

Editorial report

Get a comprehensive assessment and report with suggestions on how to take your manuscript forward

Project management

Hand over to a PRINCE2® Practitioner editorial manager who will strategise and problem-solve on your behalf

Hazel Bird, Wordstitch Editorial, copyeditor, proofreader, developmental editor and editorial project manager

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Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK