Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden raised $100,000 in donations

About

Vandever Batten sets the gold standard for helping non-profit organizations envision and fund their future. We have a hand and heart in initiatives that have made our region more resilient and more vibrant.

How to Be Invaluable

At Vandever Batten, we know what makes an organization
invaluable and we can help you become so.

  • Be impactful on every level: individual, community and culture
  • Be inspiring internally as well as externally
  • Be operationally sound and development savvy
  • Be able to respond to change and challenges with agility
  • Be communicative, transparent, and proactive

About the Founder

Lauren Batten
Founder and CEO

Lauren Batten has enjoyed 30 years in fundraising, grant making, and strategic, organizational planning, with a campaign success rate of 118% and more than $350 million raised to enrich the Charlotte area. She most recently served as in-house advancement director for Charlotte Country Day School for 12 years, helping to propel the institution through the most transformational season of its 77-year history. After refreshing its brand, conducting a strategic planning process, hosting a master facility planning process, and shaping a more innovative advancement function, Country Day raised an historic $92 million, grew its endowment by more than $25 million, and doubled the Annual Fund.

Lauren was previously a vice president with the First Union Foundation (now Wells Fargo), vice president for development for the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council, and regional program director of Wellesley College. She found her love for consulting as an associate director with Coxe Curry & Associates, Atlanta’s premier nonprofit consulting firm.

In the community, Lauren is an elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church, leading Covenant’s capital campaign to raise more than $20MM for affordable housing and preschool education. She serves on Queens University of Charlotte’s Board of Advisors and has chaired every reunion since graduating from Duke University in 1992, breaking the University’s 25th reunion fundraising record. An alumna of Leadership Charlotte and founding member of the Women’s Impact Fund, she received a Women in Business Achievement Award from the Business Journal. She is also on the Advisory Board for ParentChild+, a national nonprofit. Beyond raising her three children, one of Lauren’s greatest joys is being a reader with the Read, Roar, Soar program at Highland Renaissance Academy.

History of Vandever Batten

Vern Vandever was the great grandfather of Lauren Batten, one of five Vandever brothers who owned and operated Vandever Department Stores at the turn of the 20th century in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  His kind, generous, and civic-minded spirit lives on in the work of Vandever Batten today.

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