Laura began working with this small national nonprofit in 1994 to help them realize their mission of preserving, documenting, and sharing widely the history and significance of quilts in American cultural, social, and economic life. Over 12 years, she guided them from founder-led start-up to become a board-led sustainable organization with a robust set of initiatives and projects. Laura worked as a collaborator with founders, board, and partners to guide:
- Development and refinement of the organizational mission and programming
- Transition from an advisory board to a full governing board structure
- Leadership transition from founder to board and staff.
- Development of fund-raising strategies
- Creation of a virtual Center for The Quilt web site
- Development of a variety of institutional partnerships with major universities
- Development of budgets and financial strategies.
Laura also wrote many successful fund-raising proposals and promotional materials for the Alliance and facilitated and documented many board gatherings and other meetings.