Third Sector Consulting

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Founder & Principal

Laura Rhodes, CFRE
Nonprofit Consultant | Speaker & Trainer
"HI, I'M LAURA! And I want to help you find more funders, win more grants and raise more money for your nonprofit. Are you ready?"

Laura Rhodes is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and fundraising trainer who has 20+ years of experience working with – and for – nonprofits.

Laura started her nonprofit career in development and communications. She later served as an interim executive director. As a volunteer, Laura has been a board member, board chair, marketing committee chair and resource development committee chair. And prior to starting her consulting business, Laura was a regional program officer with the American Express Foundation, which awarded $30 million to nonprofits each year.

Having been both a grantmaker and a fundraiser, Laura uses her unique perspective to help nonprofits find more funders, win more grants and raise more money for their cause.

Laura has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars from grants, events, direct mail and workplace giving campaigns. She also provides prospect research and grant writing support for organizations that want to write their own grants.

She is a popular nonprofit conference speaker and leads workshops and trainings for nonprofit staff and boards across the U.S.

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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

I couldn't be more pleased with the fundraising training offered by Laura. Laura's training has had a significant impact on the success of our organization. She played a very important part in allowing me to feel more confident in fundraising. I know that is shared by others at GVF2S who have participated in her workshops as well.

Sam Blomquist, Executive Director, Gallatin Valley Farm to School

Laura is savvy at research, editing and final production. She is an excellent collaborator, bringing deep knowledge and keen insights to each project we have engaged her in. Add to these skills that she is fun to work with and you have the ideal partner for any consulting situation.

Christy Collum, Director of Development, Reading Connections

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

Erica Yaeger, Executive Director, Sci-Tech Discovery Center

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.

4 Often Overlooked Pieces of Your Fundraising Letters
Before you sit down to write your next fundraising letter, think about this. It's more than a "letter" - it's a package. Yet there are key elements that many nonprofits overlook when writing their appeals and putting the package together. I've written before about small things that can make a big difference in your next fundraising appeal. This post will look at four big things that can make an even bigger difference in your campaign results this year. (read more)