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    The involvement of board members and staff outside of the development team is crucial to an organization's fundraising success, but many of these key players feel ill-equipped for their role in fundraising. Trainings offered: Individual Giving 101 - an overview of how and why we raise money from individuals The Reluctant Fundraiser - an interactive workshop to help reluctant board members examine the source of their discomfort around fundraising and let go of their fears Beyond Asking - a training to motivate and empower board members to embrace the many ways they can contribute to your organization's fundraising success Building a Culture of Philanthropy - a training for non-fundraising staff to understand and gain comfort with the role that philanthropy plays in delivering your mission, and learn concrete ways in which they can help Customized board or staff training - got a specific need in mind? Get in touch to discuss how I can help.
    1:1 or group coaching for CEOs, Executive Directors, Development staff members, or board members to learn and hone asking skills or create results driven fundraising plans.
    It all comes down to writing a good plan, and working the plan. If you’ve never written a development plan, I can help. If you’ve got one that needs some dusting off, I can bring fresh, expert eyes. Let’s build a results-driven plan that brings sustainability and growth to your mission. Need help with just a subset of your work? I can help create a plan for acquisition, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, or creating a mid-level, major, or planned giving program.
    Let an expert create mail and email appeals that ignite passion and generosity in your prospects, stewardship materials that spark joy and pride in your donors, and newsletters and reports that inspire rather than bore your audience.
    Operations are a passion for me! Need help figuring out how to get the most from your database? How to tighten your recordkeeping and receipting processes? How to write a database policy manual that works for your organization? How to track activity in a way that is easily reportable? I can help!
    With the historic transfer of wealth happening right now, you can't afford not to be engaging your donors in planned giving. I can provide program planning, including: how to get started infrastructure needs (forms, policies, etc) how to identify estate giving prospects how to broach the topic how to market estate giving how to steward these special donors ​I can also make connections to technical advisors to help with specific, advanced planned gifts.
    Retainer plans are available for the organization that needs an expert in its back pocket.
    Get in touch. I'd be happy to discuss any projects you have in mind.


Fundraiser, Leader, Coach

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Laura McCarty Tufano is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has raised money for social justice, the arts, education, and human services over the course of her 20-year career. After directing overall development efforts at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and OutFront Minnesota, Laura spent several years specializing in individual giving. She increased individual giving revenue at the Minnesota Orchestra, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Breck School, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. As the Vice President of Advancement at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Laura provided strategic oversight for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and brand management.

Today Laura provides results-focused advancement and fundraising help to Tnonprofits through Tufano Consulting.

Laura was a featured speaker for the online conference “Successful AF: The Secret Sauce to LGBTQ Non-Profits” in February 2019. In the summer of 2019, Laura presented a workshop entitled “The Reluctant Fundraiser” at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Leadership Conference, and another workshop entitled “Getting Started with Major Gifts” at the Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, co-hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


In addition to her professional work, Laura has spent many years serving on nonprofit boards and committees and volunteering as a mentor to emerging fundraisers through the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

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