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About

Laura Pierce Consulting began as the independent consulting practice of Laura Pierce. Currently, Laura takes the lead on the majority of projects, but also works collaboratively with associates as needed to meet clients’ goals. We are pleased to be able to offer diverse skills and perspectives, as well as get projects done in the most affordable way. This page profiles Laura and several key associates. Please contact us so we can assist in matching you with the right person for your project.

Laura PierceLaura Pierce is the owner and principal consultant of Laura Pierce Consulting. Laura has worked in and with nonprofit organizations since 1989, including fund development, community organizing, and executive management positions. Since 1998, she has consulted with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, assisting with strategic planning, board development, organizational assessment and capacity building. She has also served as interim executive director for eight Seattle area nonprofits.

Laura received a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Washington with a concentration in nonprofit management. In addition to consulting, Laura teaches board roles and responsibilities, board development, philanthropy, strategic leadership and other nonprofit management topics at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs, UW Extension’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Nonprofit Assistance Center, and United Way of King County.

For more information, read Laura Pierce’s resume.

Laura Pierce Consulting’s Guiding Principles

I do this work because I love it. I am truly inspired by the individuals and organizations that I work with, and believe in the value of nonprofit, voluntary action in making the world a better place. The following are some of the guiding principles that inform our work.

Nonprofits work best when they are truly based in their community. Strong communications, transparency, diverse leadership and diverse opportunities for engagement all support strong community connections.

Board service should be fun, inspiring and engaging. Thoughtful recruitment, proper training and orientation, strong leadership, active committees, and alternative meeting formats that allow dialogue and creativity are hallmarks of effective and enjoyable boards.

Organizational health is critical to organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Strategic investments in technology, staff development, financial management systems and other types of infrastructure lead to greater capacity and effectiveness. Diverse revenues are critical to ensuring long-term survival.

Strategic planning motivates people and helps them work together. Nonprofits benefit from participating in comprehensive planning processes that develop or validate a common vision and goals, a thoughtful, flexible strategic plan as a framework for action, and well-defined outcomes to evaluate success. A clearly articulated mission and goals will attract people and resources to an organization.