Beverly Brooks Thompson is a published academic and practitioner in the field of philanthropic leadership. She holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development specializing in Organizational Leadership with more than 20 years of fundraising campaign experience. Thompson is the President and Executive Counsel of Brooks Thompson Consulting, a national fundraising advising and philanthropic management consulting firm specializing in transformational growth, impact giving, and strategic social engagement serving non-profits, organizations and individual philanthropists.
Programs under her direction have received national awards and recognition at CASE, APAP and NASPA, as well as awards from the Advertising Federation and numerous Public Relations organizations. Thompson has been licensed as a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2008. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
She was recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report in the 2008 class of Top Forty under 40, was a 2017 member of Leadership Louisiana, and has been recognized as the 2017 Alumna of the Year by Louisiana State University College of Human Science and Education.
Thompson gained national attention as the Director for Forever LSU: The Campaign for Louisiana State University, supporting the three adjoining campuses of LSU. Raising more than$798 million exceeding the $750 million goal, the Forever LSU campaign continues to stand out as a paradigm for success in higher education campaigns nationwide.
This led to her joining one of the most prestigious consulting firms of its type in the country. Thompson was senior counsel to the leadership of the most prestigious non-profit organizations and boards in the country with responsibility for campaign development, implementation and management for programs that exceeded goals of $500 million. Beverly’s clients included such prestigious organizations as The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Arizona State University Sun Devil Athletics, The Carnegie Science Center, UPMC Magee Womens Research Institute, and Sigma Nu National Fraternity.
Thompson served as the President and Chief Development Officer at the Foundation for Woman’s at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In this role, she oversaw the Foundation’s major gifts program, planned giving program, annual giving program, endowment development, donor relations and special events. Beverly established Woman’s first supporting 501 (c) 3 foundation, seated and managed the Board of Trustees and all strategic and fiscal management of the foundation, including a $4.2 million endowment and served as a member of the executive leadership team of Woman’s Hospital.
Beverly serves on the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, LSU University College and the Junior League of Baton Rouge advisory boards. With long-term relationships with her clients, former employers, colleagues and communities, Beverly seeks to engage and sustain each effort with which she develops a relationship.