Laura Kaufman has 25+ years of experience running foundations and non-profit organizations.

She is the owner and Principal Consultant at Partners in Effective Philanthropy. The firm helps nonprofits craft effective strategies for raising the funds they need and helps donors focus their giving on the change they want to create.

She is the Immediate Past Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago, a position she held for ten years.  As Executive Director, Laura led the foundation from a start-up phase to a mature organization.  She was responsible for establishing initial grant making systems and practices, outreach to potential grantee partners, and introducing evaluation procedures.

During her tenure, Laura and her team raised 6.35 million dollars in individual donations for the endowment, and the foundation allocated $1,249,522 to 89 projects in women’s health, violence prevention, economic security, and education.

Laura has also served as Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund and Northwest Action Against Rape.  She started her career as a Program Director with the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Laura’s specialties include women’s giving, development assessment and planning, social media fund raising, giving circles and strategic management of small development offices.

Laura was named a “Woman to Watch in 2001” by Jewish Woman magazine and awarded the Rodef Shalom Award for service to the community by SHALVA in December 2008.   She is a contributor to the just released # SOCIALMEDIA NONPROFIT tweet Book01  and she blogs on nonprofits and philanthropy at

 Laura is a member of the Chicago Advisory Council for AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps, a board member of Chicago Women In Philanthropy and a Trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago.

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