Laurie M. Werner

Senior Consultant, Grant Writing & Institutional Fundraising

Laurie M. Werner draws on broad-based experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and international sectors to strengthen organizations through successful fundraising, data-based planning, and effective management.

Laurie has been working in nonprofit management and development since 1994, as both staff member and consultant, leading efforts in capital and annual fundraising and organizational strategy. Services to the nonprofit sector include developing fundraising plans, conducting pre-campaign feasibility studies and overseeing capital campaigns, grant writing, audience surveys and analysis, and strategic organizational planning.

As an independent development consultant, Laurie has worked with The Mount/Edith Wharton Restoration, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Saint James Place performing arts center, Close Encounters With Music chamber music series, Crescendo choral and instrumental ensemble, Behold! New Lebanon living museum of contemporary rural life, and the Spencertown Academy Arts Center, among others. She also gives workshops in grant funding and capital fundraising for cultural institutions.

Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Laurie served as Capital Campaign Manager for the successful $36 million drive to build an endowment and renovate a new gallery building at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). She was also Director of Advancement for the Berkshire Museum, responsible for major gifts, government and foundation grants, capital projects, and coordination of strategic planning.

As Senior Campaign Consultant for a national firm specializing in fundraising for cultural organizations, she conducted campaign feasibility studies, served on campaign steering committees, created communications materials, developed solicitation strategies, helped build volunteer organizations, and prepared foundation grant proposals.

Before embarking on her nonprofit career, Laurie was a research analyst in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and a marketing research director in the corporate sector where her experience included design and analysis of surveys, business strategy, and brand development.

Laurie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College of Columbia University.