The Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund invests in
visionary leaders and projects that have the potential to create lasting impact.

Current Initiatives


Cradle to Career Giving Network at Aspen Community Foundation

In 2012, Aspen Community Foundation created the Cradle to Career Initiative to address the serious achievement gaps between low-income and more affluent youth in the Aspen area. Learn More



 DeLeT Alumni Network

Inspired by Teach for America, which recruits a diverse group of leaders to teach in public schools, in 2002 Laura founded DeLeT to recruit and train teachers for leadership positions at Jewish Day Schools. Learn More




Duke Gap Year Program

The Duke Gap Year Program provides funding for students who wish to take a gap year prior to enrolling at Duke. Each year, more students consider taking the year after high school graduation off before they head to college. Learn More



Endowment Fund Philanthropic Services

As chair of the Endowment Committee at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Laura is leading the initiative to build a robust philanthropy advisory practice known as Federation Philanthropy Partners, serving 900 Donor Advised Funds and dozens of Supporting Foundations… Learn More




Jewish Teen Foundation Board Incubator

Based on the model of giving circles, Jewish Teen Foundation Board programs offer teens the opportunity to explore Jewish values and ideas, develop leadership skills, and practice philanthropy.  Learn More




Lauder Family Giving Circle

Laura and Gary Lauder adhere to the Torah’s commandment that it is the responsibility of each generation to give back to the community in pursuit of making the world a better place.   Learn More




Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Learn More





The Lauder Project at the National Constitution Center

The Lauder Project inspires students to explore fundamental questions about the U.S. Constitution. Learn More


Lessons Learned

Welcome to our 20th Anniversary Reflections

Welcome to the website explaining the 20-years of philanthropy of Laura and Gary Lauder. This site describes Laura’s philanthropy over 20 years. We are a Silicon Valley couple who use a “venture philanthropy” approach to giving, and we are passionate about three key areas: education, leadership development, and the Jewish community/Israel. We are deeply involved – both financially and through our own leadership – in the organizations that we support.

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