St. Louis Community Foundation Hires Laura Horwitz, Nonprofit Leader
ST. LOUIS, February 13, 2022 — Laura Horwitz, noted philanthropic professional and co-founder of We Stories, joined the St. Louis Community Foundation as a donor strategist, Foundation officials announced today. In this capacity, she will engage and inspire donors as they develop and implement their charitable giving plans.
“With her extensive background in philanthropic consulting, leadership training, curriculum development, and community organizing, Laura will be a well-versed sounding board for our donors as she helps them maximize the impact of their charitable giving,” said Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the St. Louis Community Foundation. “Her experience developing nonprofits, moderating difficult conversations, and tackling big issues will also be important as the Foundation continues to bring community, business, and civic leaders together to explore regional issues, address challenges, and seize opportunities.”
Most recently, Horwitz managed grant-making at Generate Health, an organization dedicated to reducing racial disparities in infant mortality. During her two years there, she awarded $3 million in funds from Missouri Foundation for Health and helped build the capacity of 105 organizations, the majority of them Black-led.
At the same time, Horwitz also worked as a consultant, concentrating on anti-racism interventions, leading organizational development initiatives for nonprofits, and advised individuals, families, and foundations on effective philanthropy.
Previously, from 2015 to 2020, Horwitz co-founded and led We Stories, an organization which helps white families start and strengthen conversations about race and racism. Prior to that, she contributed to leadership training, strategic planning and program evaluation work at American Friends Service Committee and The Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, while at Pew, she conducted city policy research and evaluated the effectiveness of the group’s advocacy and grant-making strategies.
“Working at the Community Foundation brings together three of my professional passions: donor education, philanthropic impact, and racial and social justice,” said Horwitz. “I am excited to bring my talents to an organization that is driving community progress and dedicated to ensuring a strong, vibrant region. I look forward to furthering the Community Foundation’s efforts to serve as a bridge between donors, the community, and regional nonprofits.
About the St. Louis Community Foundation
The Foundation is a nonprofit with approximately 800 charitable funds and total assets of more than $470 million. Each fund represents a unique charitable giving partnership between nonprofit recipients and an individual, family, or business. The St. Louis Community Foundation inspires purposeful philanthropy that connects the community and donors to build and preserve a more equitable and vibrant region, now and forever.