Laura Schwingel, the Principal of Nonprofit Advantage Consulting, has provided consulting services for over 10 years, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, and grant writing.
She has provided
Her client base includes community development corporations, CDFIs, nonprofit member trade associations,
and social service agencies.
Working with these organizations has given her extensive knowledge of nonprofits, the ability to rapidly assess organizational needs and significant experience providing technical assistance of all kinds.
She has conducted strategic planning, developed successful fundraising strategies, delivered board trainings, and retreat facilitations. NAC has produced and edited many communication products including newsletters, website content, grant proposals and reports, strategic plans, annual appeals and reports, press releases, and promotional materials for events. Her experience also includes project management and event planning.
She has held senior level positions with several well-regarded Philadelphia non-profits in senior level positions including the Opportunity Finance Network, Peoples Emergency Center, Impact Services Corporation & JEVS Human Services. Prior to starting her own practice,
“Laura worked with PCDC’s Board of Directors to plan two annual board planning retreats. These were the best planning sessions PCDC has had in my 18 years on the board. These resulted in realistic goals and, in fact, the achievement of our plans.”
Fr. Tom Betz, Chair
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
At OFN, a national trade association of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), she served as both the Director of Policy and the CDFI Coalition, coordinating the advocacy efforts of the national membership. As a Policy Analyst at PEC, she developed policy strategy, cultivated relationships with federal policymakers, and enhanced the organization’s policy reputation and visibility.
She also served as Chair of the Board of Dignity Housing for 5 years, an agency that works to move homeless individuals and families up and out of poverty. Previously, she served as Secretary of the Board of Green Woods Charter School, an environmental education based charter school, and is the mother of two daughters.