Location: Dallas, TX
Location: Dallas, TX
Describe an average day for you.
Exploring. Learning. Connecting.
Why are you passionate about RevJen’s work?
RevJen provides the pieces of the puzzle that in my years of working with nonprofits I consistently found missing. The work through FUEL goes beyond the how and what of financial statements and teaches the why - why strategy matters, why numbers matter. And FUEL provides the space and time for leadership teams to align. Through R-Squared, nonprofit professionals are connected with colleagues who act as sounding boards. The big “aha” - participants realize they are not alone in this work.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the nonprofit sector, what would it be?
For nonprofit leadership to recognize the value of the work and services of the sector not only within communities but within the overall economic engine of this country. According to the Urban Institute, nonprofits account for roughly 5% of the nation’s total GDP and 9% of all wages and salaries. Yet often salaries of nonprofit professionals lag behind their peers in the for profit world. Even more distressing is a lack of recognition and understanding of the depth of knowledge and talent that resides within the nonprofit field.
Finish this sentence: “On Saturday mornings you can usually find me…”
Puttering in the garden, exploring with our dog, and eyeballing our next adventures.
Laura spent over 18 years in the funding world as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country and as Program Director of the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. Prior to entering philanthropy, she spent time in the food and beverage industry managing a restaurant and a catering business and in running a resort located at the headwaters of the Guadalupe River.
Today, Laura builds on her entrepreneurial and philanthropic experiences through her consulting practice focused on grantmakers and nonprofits that are looking to move beyond the tried and true. She works with her clients on strategy and is a problem solver and connector who brings with her a birds-eye view of clients’ work and roles within communities. Laura believes in the power of collaboration and in the power of change.
Laura lives in Dallas. Her passions include giving back through volunteering; puttering in the garden; trying her hand at cooking; traveling with her husband, Michael; and accompanying their dog, Seaver, on her many walks through the neighborhood. Laura holds a degree in business from the University of Texas as Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!