Lara Kalwinski

Director of National Standards and Counsel
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Lara Kalwinski

As a member of the legal and policy team, Lara is also the Director of the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ program. Lara brings nearly a decade of nonprofit and foundation management expertise to the Council. She 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 reverse program deficits; audit international grantmaking procedures; create gift acceptance procedures; and implement community led grant program design. 

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 loves debate, film, and community organizing; she serves on boards and committees that reflect her interests. She has trained nonprofit staff and boards on grantwriting, management, board governance, and fundraising. Lara keeps a busy travel schedule offering keynote speeches and trainings. Lara's presentations this year will take her from Boston to Japan with many stops in between.

You should contact Lara about domestic and cross-border regulation of foundations and community foundation accreditation.