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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...

I can't tell you how much your classes have taught me and how valuable they are going to be to our Chamber! Whipping our board into shape is the first item on our list and we wouldn't be able to do that in an effective way if it wasn't for you!

Keri Driggers, Membership Director, Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

It is so time consuming to research grants, and having Laura put together a full report on each prospect was extremely valuable to our organization. We also appreciate Laura's expert advice and suggestions on grant proposals that we have submitted.

Neelie Burman, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County

All I can say is, 'WOW!' You've got this grant writing thing down.

Erica Yaeger, Executive Director, Sci-Tech Discovery Center

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.

Anatomy of a Stellar Thank You Letter
Here are some simple truths: When you give someone a gift, you expect them to say "thank you." And when a donor makes a contribution to your nonprofit, you should always say thank you. In writing. It doesn't have to be handwritten. It could be a typed letter. Or even email. Whatever medium you choose, your "thank you" should have some basic elements. Follow these four simple steps and you'll take your thank you letters from average to All Star! (read more)