Lauren-Collette

Lauren Collette

Associate Consultant

“I stepped into the world of nonprofits because I believe mission-based work illustrates a profound truth - that by investing in one another we can strengthen our global community. I am honored to work with and contribute to organizations that strive to face real challenges, make an impact, and improve the world we live in.”

Recent Clients Served

  • Alaska Wilderness League
  • FareStart
  • Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro           East
  • Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative      Congregation

Areas of Expertise

Arts and Culture, Annual Giving, Donor Relations and Stewardship

About Lauren Collette

Lauren brings over five years of fundraising experience from Washington, DC to the Collins Group.  Through her passion for the arts and culture sector, Lauren has learned the value of building truly meaningful relationships with leaders, volunteers, and supporters and connecting them more deeply to an organization’s mission—the bedrock of fundraising.

In her client work, Lauren most values opportunities to:

  • Contribute her diverse fundraising experiences, keen sense of creative problem solving, and passion for public service to every project
  • Collaborate with clients, staff, and volunteers to develop dynamic strategies, open doors for new ideas and conversations, and build strong relationships with donors and leadership
  • Bring the highest level of support and professionalism to ensure client satisfaction

Prior to joining Collins, Lauren was a member of the development teams at two celebrated American institutions: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As the American History Museum’s Manager of Annual Giving, Lauren built relationships with dedicated members of the Smithsonian Council for American History, launched the Museum’s annual giving program, and assisted individual fundraising efforts in the midst of the Smithsonian’s current campaign—the largest in history for a cultural institution.  In her role at the Kennedy Center, Lauren assisted in the management of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors and aided in the planning and implementation of fundraising events, including the Season Opening Ball.  Before joining the fundraising industry, Lauren spent two years as a Marketing Assistant in the marketing department at a commercial real estate firm in San Francisco, California.