Laura Wood

Laura Wood

Work History

Work History

Executive Director

The Dorothy Marcille Wood Foundation

Founded in 1988, The Wood Foundation seeks to strengthen the impact of Texas public and non-profit organizations in their communities, by assisting them in their outreach, communication and fundraising goals. 

Past organizations supported include The Arthritis Foundation, Buckner Charities, Canyon Lake Action Center, and Elizabeth Freeman Center. Current clients include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District



Assists with various fundraising needs of AndrisinAbbey clients, such as gala underwriting, personal phone calls, and outreach.

2005 - 2009

Associate Director of Philanthropy

The Nature Conservancy of Texas (TNC)
  • Hired as Donor Relations Manager to identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects with the capacity and propensity to give six-figure gifts. Managed a portfolio of over 250 donors, qualifying and disqualifying prospects as major donors through various touches including face-to-face visits, phone calls, written correspondence, and private trips to TNC preserves.
  • Created a portfolio of 80-100 qualified major gift prospects and was promoted to Associate Director of Philanthropy to begin cultivating significant long-term major giving.
  • Created, branded and developed Generation Conservation (Gen C) to identify and cultivate the next generation of philanthropists and conservationists under 50. Gen C grew in two years to a dedicated steering committee of 10 members and raised over $80,000 in new gifts for The Nature Conservancy. This effort was replicated in other Texas offices, raising over $100,000 in additional new gifts. Through serving on The Nature Conservancy's Best Practices Team at the national level, became consultant to starting new Gen C efforts in 12 other major markets in the U.S.
  • Created a development board of twelve well-respected community leaders for the Fort Worth and Northwest Texas region through networking, cold calling, receptions and many face-to-face visits. Successfully implemented cultivation receptions, a landowner workshop and many high-end trips to private nature preserves. All the while maintaining key relationships with major donors and existing board members in Dallas, and overseeing their annual Dallas Spring Party, Wild Night 2008 with over 300 high profile guests in attendance
  • Developed relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations in the Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and Lubbock communities, increasing giving in these areas by over $100,000.
  • Managed and trained over 25 volunteers, a full-time intern, and 2 staff people in the North Texas Philanthropy office.



Associates Degree

Berkshire Community CollegeCommunity College

Bachelor of Science

University of Phoenix

Through University of Phoenix online environment, worked within teams and studied the most current organizational issues such as diversity in the workplace, teambuilding, people and project management, and business accounting. Graduated with honors and member of academic society Phi Beta Kappa.



Moves Management

Completed intensive training in the art of Moves Management used by The Nature Conservancy. Acted as Moves Manager for over 250 prospects over 3 1/2 years and successfully coordinated strategies with staff and volunteers all over the United States including Alaska and Mexico.   Completed two training courses in Strategic Gifts and Wealth in Families through The Nature Conservancy's world office in Arlington, VA. These courses, as well as additional follow-up webex classes, were designed to train fundraisers in thinking bigger, and developing more complex giving opportunities for large capacity, savvy donors through their estate plans.

Team Approach Database

Completed three training courses and is proficient in creating new accounts, pulling queries of various data and updating accounts to successfully communicate organization wide the current strategies involved with major donors.


A strong leader and translator of mission into awareness and dollars. Diversified skillset in marketing,  relationship building, project and people management. Skilled in database management, grant writing and all facets of communication. More than 15 years experience in fundraising, sales, management and corporate training, with an emphasis the last five years on conservation marketing and outreach.


Boards Currently Serving

Lena Pope Home, Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Land Trust Council, Chair of Outreach and Development Committee, Austin, Texas

Other interests include; hiking, cooking and reading