Lara Kalwinski

Senior Counsel, Compliance & Policy | Executive Director, National Standards
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Lara Kalwinski

Lara is known for applying her knowledge of exempt organizations' legal compliance to process and project management. Lara has a proven ability to engage in strategic issues and has worked with foundations to meet with state and federal regulators; manage board of directors and committee work; lead contracts and fund/grant agreements process; audit international grantmaking procedures; create gift acceptance procedures; reverse program deficits; and implement community-led grant program design. 

Noteable work at the Council:

  • Removal of the words "particularly vulnerable" to describe the charitable sector in the Financial Action Task Force's Recommendation 8 after successful charitable sector engagement with governments.
  • Change in U.S. Treasury regulations after successful meetings and requests for program-related investment regulations to be applied to mission-related investments.
  • Launch of Mastering Foundation Law: Council on Foundations' Compendium of Legal Resources as a managing editor.
  • Directs the Council's supporting organization, including as liasion to the board, and transitioned the accreditation program from a paper to an online submission.

Lara graduated from Indiana University with a JD/MPA and has experience working for nonprofit organizations in India, Germany, Mexico, Liberia, and Ghana. Lara is a product of a community foundation. She received a four-year Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from Legacy Foundation and is a recipient of the Indiana Governor's Award for Tomorrow's Leaders.

Lara is passionate about transportation alternatives, film, and opera: she serves on boards and committees that reflect her interests. Lara keeps a busy travel schedule offering keynote speeches and trainings. Lara's presentations have taken her from Austria to Japan with many stops in between. 

You should contact Lara about domestic and international regulation of the charitable sector and community foundation accreditation.