Lessons Learned

A blog for philanthropists

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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Venture Philanthropy and Jewish Education

From Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, October 2001When I was initially invited to respond to Jeremy Burton’s thoughtful essay, I was delighted, flattered, and worried. I am not a “mega-donor,” but I aspire to transform an area of Jewish life…

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NFTY Inspires a Venture Philanthropist

From e-Jewish Philanthropy, September 2004
It was a scorching, humid summer night in 1978 at NFTY Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY – even Debbie Friedman’s guitar strings were soaked in beads of moisture. Nonetheless, everyone in camp swayed and rocked to sounds of her…

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