Laura MacDonald is the Principal and Founder of Benefactor Group and Chair of the Giving USA Foundation and has served the nonprofit sector for four decades.
Prior to establishing Benefactor Group, Laura served as the vice president and creative director of a national fundraising firm, chief development officer in arts and higher education, and as a key volunteer for community organizations. Laura is constantly curious about innovations in fundraising and philanthropy. She is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national conferences (AFP, AAM, AMDA, Fundraising Bootcamp, etc.) and has addressed hundreds of nonprofit boards.
As chair of the Giving USA Foundation she contributes to Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, and is consulted widely by publications such as New York Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was named her chapter’s “Fundraising Professional of the Year” in 2007.