The LAPA Story

LAPA seeks to positively change the way nonprofit executives and their boards think about fundraising. We provide the models, the tools, and the expertise to empower our clients to significantly increase their revenues. We help nonprofit leaders embrace development as a challenge that inspires, rather than something to avoid. We take nonprofit organizations to the next level of quality, and, once successful, our clients achieve exceptional results in increased revenue and a greater ongoing development capacity.

Our Approach


We Focus On Your Results

We exist for the sake of producing results for you. That’s why we set proactive communication measures that include ROI reporting (see below), annual forecasts, weekly updates about our progress, regular visits to your office, and personal updates via phone calls and written progress reports.


We Strategize and Implement

LAPA doesn’t just make the plan, we execute it. Many consulting firms advise nonprofits on strategy, and assume the organization has the capacity to implement those strategies.  Yet at LAPA we know that nonprofits come in all shapes and sizes, so we’re equipped to function as a full-service development back-office: from researching and writing grants, to creating and managing databases, to designing and managing your next campaign. We work to build your development capacity.

Have an in-house staff? We can train and support them to raise more money than ever before. Ready to hire? We’re here to help – we’ll help you find the best candidates and make sure they’re ready to hit the ground running with a fundraising strategy that will succeed.


We Track Your ROI – Return On Investment

LAPA is the only fundraising firm that tracks and publicly reports actual return on investment for each client. For every dollar you invest in fundraising, you will know exactly how well our strategies performed, and what processes need to be improved to gain a greater return.

A standard ROI benchmark is three to one, or $3 dollars raised for every $1 spent on fundraising, and we are proud to report that we have met or exceeded this goal for every client we’ve worked with. As documented by an outside independent evaluator, for every dollar that clients have expended with LAPA, they have received an average ROI of $4.25 from private grants, $27 from government grants, and $8 from campaigns.

View our annual ROI reports here:

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We’re Campaign, Grant, and Planning Experts

It took us decades to develop the comprehensive integrated fundraising services that we offer. LAPA provides a full suite of development services, including feasibility and planning studies; campaign planning and management; data mining and prospect research and development office management. Drawing on our work with innovators in the nonprofit sector, and decades of on-the-ground experience, we implement development programs that transform, impact, and advance missions. We even have an extensive private and public grants division with 135 seasoned grant writers and evaluation experts that can be seamlessly integrated into your development team.


We’re Nimble

LAPA customizes our approach to fit your exact fundraising needs. We change direction if we think that would be more lucrative for you. We have clients across the country, and around the world, in every field of charitable activity. Instead of running our clients through the same fundraising routine, we listen deeply to your past experience and future aspirations, and customize our scope of service to fit the culture of your organization, yet raise the most funds possible.

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