Laura is a strategic philanthropist who initiates programs and projects where she can play an active role to catalyze high-impact organizational effectiveness and help bring projects to scale. These programs were created by Laura, often in partnership with other philanthropists, over the past 26 years.
Classroom Exchanges Project
The Classroom Exchanges program of the National Constitution Center connects middle and high school students across the United States for virtual debates between two classrooms about the Constitution. Retired and active judges serve as facilitators of the debates. Partner funders include the Charles Koch Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation.
Center for Media and Democracy in Israel
The Center for Media and Democracy in Israel is a non-partisan, non-profit, news organization that empowers the public and promotes democratic discourse in Israel through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action.
Lauder Family Giving Circle
The Lauder Family Giving Circle brings together family members to work side-by-side as equal partners in philanthropy.
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. Ten cities were selected from all over the world to launch this program for teen philanthropy and four years of seed funding was provided, along with technical expertise.