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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...

When you are seeking a grantwriter who researches, consults and completes the work with collaboration and competency, ask for Laura Rhodes. During a time when nonprofits need competent and reasonable expert grantwriters/ consultants, we found the best in Laura.

Dr. Gladys Robinson, Executive Director, Piedmont Health Services

The prospect report Laura prepared for us is very well organized and has been highly researched. As a small nonprofit, this would have taken us many months to put together. Laura got this to us within two weeks with more information than we asked for or expected.

Angela Van Slyke, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County

Laura's prospect report was not merely a matter of her handing us a list. Because Laura cares and is conscientious, her services went above and beyond what was expected. She attended several board meetings and was professional and generous, often giving us specific suggestions that might help us with fundraising.

Chuck Peck, Board Member, Bozeman Sculpture Park

Working with Laura streamlined the incredibly complex process of grant writing. She got to know our organization and projects and translated that knowledge into a clear set of steps for us to move forward and grow.

Gregg Treinish, Executive Director, Adventure Scientists

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)