Megan Laudenschlager is the Founder & Executive Director of Strengthen ND. Laudenschlager is a graduate of Minot State University with a B.A. in Mathematics and has obtained a Certificate in Fundraising through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Laudenschlager’s areas of expertise include board and staff development, fundraising planning, grant writing, strategic planning, organizational action planning, program design and evaluation, succession planning, and meeting facilitation.
In addition to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Laudenschlager is a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow and has participated in professional development activities through the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government, Midwest Academy for Social Justice, Independent Sector, and TED. In addition to her position at Strengthen ND, Laudenschlager is active in the community and across North Dakota by serving in leadership positions with North Dakota Rural Development Council, North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, North Dakota Local Foods Development Alliance, Minot Young Professionals, Visit Minot, Minot Family YMCA, and Magic Day of Giving. Through her experiences, Laudenschlager has been able to refine her approaches to rural community fundraising, organizing, and advocacy.
Counties served (figures taken from 2018 census): Burke County, population 2,100; Renville County, population 2,374; Bottineau County, population 6,411; Mountrail County, population 10,218; Ward County, population 67,744; McHenry County, population 5,816; Pierce County, population 4,081