Laura Fredricks, Expert Consultant
Laura Fredricks, LLC, is a boutique consulting company that provides hands-on expert philanthropic advising and best practices to a select number of non-profits, businesses, and entrepreneurs to raise significant money, efficiently and effectively from a variety of existing and new sources.
Laura is the leading authority in making The ASK. Her best-selling books, “The ASK: How to Ask for Your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project, or Business Venture” and “The ASK: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount for Any Purpose” have been the go-to guide for any in any size organization to apply its practical and successful techniques. Laura has trained CEO’s; boards; retired Army Generals; international bank financiers; theater producers; as well as development teams globally with outstanding results.
Her consulting company is noted for the following areas of expertise:
Increasing small gifts into larger gifts without increasing overhead;
Identifying new major gift donors and large investors;
Helping start-up companies obtain initial investments;
Assessing and training executive leadership, boards, staff, donors, and volunteers in a group as well as personal coaching on How to ASK for Money;
Executing and evaluating individual giving programs, including major gifts, planned giving, blended gifts, endowments, and capital campaigns;
Strategic Planning and Development Assessments for organizational growth; rate of return on future investments; management; financial resource allocation; positioning for upcoming fundraising campaigns; and challenges that need to be addressed now as well as the future.
The “Fredricks Philanthropic Philosophies” that Laura shares with each of her select client are as follows:
The best part about hiring Laura Fredricks, is that you get Laura’s expertise 100% of the time.
Formerly Laura was Vice President for Philanthropy, at Pace University in New York, NY, where she raised over $92 million in six years right after 9/11 an unprecedented amount for the University. She oversaw all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations for a staff of 35 on five geographically distant campuses.
She served as Associate Vice President for Development at Temple University, Philadelphia, where she began fundraising toward a $300 million capital campaign, managing and coordinating the major and planned giving programs, corporate and foundation funding, and alumni relations for 15 schools and colleges, two hospitals, and the athletic program.
Prior positions include Major Gifts Manager for Deborah Hospital Foundation where she elevated the major gift program from $50,000 to $6 million from grateful patients in one year; Assistant Director of Development for Temple University’s School of Medicine where she raised a benchmark $1 million in the annual fund; and Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, where she began and major gift program and bequest society.
Laura is a communications graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ, and holds a law degree from Western New England University School of Law. Prior to her fundraising career, she clerked for an appellate court judge in Pennsylvania, and thereafter practiced civil litigation for over six years as a Deputy Attorney General IV for the Attorney General’s Office, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,. She did have a moment or two emulating “Law and Order.” One of her ground-breaking First Amendment cases was successfully resolved in the US Supreme Court.
Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for Cherry Lane Theater; the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New York Chapter; and Operation Homefront, and formerly a Big Sister for Big Brothers, Big Sisters for over six years. She is an advisory board member for New York University and Columbia University’s Masters in Fundraising Programs and a volunteer for the West Village NYC Block Association.