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What Makes Us Different

Laura has a unique perspective.

Laura's been both a fundraiser and a grantmaker. She started her nonprofit career in donor communications and development. Later, Laura was a foundation program officer and peer reviewer. She's also served as an interim executive director, board member, board chair, marketing committee chair and resource development committee chair. She's been there, and she's done that.

Laura is your partner in philanthropy.

Laura will listen to your needs. She wants to understand your overall fundraising goals and strategies. There are many ways your nonprofit can raise money. Laura can help you assess what's working for you, what's not, and what you could do differently.

Laura knows annual giving.

A strong annual fund is the foundation of a healthy nonprofit. If you need to grow your annual giving program, Laura can help. Whether it's writing effective appeals, thanking your donors in meaningful ways, or reporting back on impact, Laura can help you raise more money from your annual giving campaigns. Laura is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Laura knows foundation grants.

And if grants are part of your fundraising plan, Laura is ready to help you find your best grant opportunities and write great proposals. As a former program officer, she knows what foundations are looking for when they read and evaluate proposals. She knows what foundations want – and what they don't want – to see in your proposal.

Laura has an extended network of nonprofit professionals.

If you have other needs, like registering your nonprofit and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, strategic planning or staff/board development, ask Laura and she'll refer you to other experts in the nonprofit sector.

Interested in working with Laura? Contact her today!


What nonprofits say about Laura...

Laura taught a basic grant writing class in which I was enrolled. The class was well thought out and presented. Course material was reinforced by thought-provoking writing exercises. I was impressed with Laura's depth of understanding, critical thinking and ability to convey technical information.

Larry Shotland, Board Member, Public Land/Water Access Association

Laura's quest for excellence never fails to inspire all - whether Board of Directors, staff or volunteers - to move mountains to achieve our mission. She has a unique blend of intelligence, understanding of the broader community, humor and good common sense that combine to support the work of others.

Jennifer Gore, Executive Director, Reading Connections

Not only is Laura very knowledgeable about nonprofits, but the reports she provided our board are excellent and practical. Laura has excellent listening skills and her positive approach to the vision of BSP helped us rethink our approach to fundraising and grant writing.

Mary Keefer, Board Member, Bozeman Sculpture Park

Laura is a valuable resource in our community. Her presentation this year on fundraising for our monthly Nonprofit Cafe had our highest attendance to date. Laura is able to make fundraising and grant writing accessible to a nonprofit of any size and capacity.

Bridget Wilkinson, Foundation Manager, Bozeman Area Community Foundation

Featured Blog Post

"Let's Talk Nonprofit" is a blog by Third Sector Consulting that addresses common questions that nonprofits have. Ready? Great! Let's Talk Nonprofit.

How You Should Be Talking To Your Donors
Penelope Burk literally wrote the book on "Donor Centered Fundraising" in 2003. So, the idea of donor-centricity isn't new. What's donor-centricity, you ask? It's organizing everything you do around the wants and needs of your donor. And in nonprofit communications, there's nothing more important than making the message about your donor. Here are some examples of how a lot of nonprofits talk to their donors...and how you should be talking to your donors. (read more)