Laurel McCombs

Laurel McCombs is a Senior Philanthropy Advisor for The Osborne Group. She has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and a passion for the role philanthropy can play in changing the world to her work as a consultant, partner, and trainer.

Laurel has worked closely with clients on a variety of topics, including donor retention, development operations, planning, donor management, board development and more. Current and recent clients include the National Minority AIDS Council, Council of Michigan Foundations, La Clinica de la Raza and the University of Missouri. In addition to well-received workshops at national conferences, such as Junior Achievement and JDRF, Laurel has presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, AFP Congress, CASE-NAIS, and several local development professional associations.

Prior to joining the Osborne Group, Laurel worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where she was responsible for the coordination of capacity building resources and support to more than 350 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country.  She also spent time as a Program Officer in healthcare philanthropy and began her non-profit career at the Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay where she was the Director of Development and Communications. 

Laurel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and lives in Portland, OR.

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