Laura knows the joys and challenges of working to create change in our homes, institutions, and communities. With 30 years as a nonprofit leader, she’s experienced the days when everything seems to be coming together and the days when all you can ask is ‘why does it have to be so hard?’.
Laura works with clients to build capacity so that it doesn’t have to be so hard. Nonprofit leaders with big visions count on her to help crystalize and communicate their mission and strategy and to secure the sustainable resources to make it happen. She is a master planner able to help teams set big goals and map the path to achieve them.
As a senior leader at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Children’s Theatre Company, HIRED, and Kaleidoscope, Laura was known for her strategic thinking, planful approach, strong communications, and ability to raise funds. Over the last decade, her team increased contributed revenue by an average of 11 percent annually.
Laura’s work experience is supported by her MBA in Nonprofit Management and years as an avid reader of titles drawn from business and the social sciences. Make her day by asking her what she’s read lately and share what you’re learning about. Laura serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter Board, the AFP-MN Education Committee, and as a mentor to other fundraising professionals.
Skill in asking the right questions has set Sarah apart in her career. Her inquisitiveness and relational skill create space for people and organizations to become deeply curious, laying the groundwork for change. Curiosity can begin to break away at outdated systems that cause harm, it can allow for vulnerability and growth, and it can help us imagine our very best future and determine what it will take to get there.
Sarah’s time as a fundraiser, manager and communicator and her passion for building power through organized people and organized money, makes her uniquely suited to helping organizations get clear on what it will take to achieve their vision. If we can’t paint a picture for our communities and show them what’s missing, they can’t help us finish the work.
Sarah serves the Minnesota Association of Fundraising Professionals as Treasurer, with the AFP-MN Fellowship for BIPOC fundraisers and in the CCF MN Pay Equity working group. Her consulting and professional roles have moved over $50 million in private donations to nonprofit missions.
Sarah's Master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) connected her fundraising work to policies and systems and began her study of the impacts of privilege and power --her own and others'. A past student of Donor-Centric Fundraising and current learner of Community-Centric Fundraising, she eagerly collaborates to learn, implement and grow in this exciting movement.