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Laura Lederer: Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Laura Lederer

Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Joined The Staff

October 2011 

Favorite Thing About ACF

The people she meets. Laura loves hearing fundholders' stories – where they came from, what motivates them, and the positive impact giving has made on their lives. 

What She Does

As the leader of our development and donor engagement department, Laura helps generous families, individuals, companies and nonprofits make their charitable dollars go the furthest for the good of our community, not just today but forever. She connects them to the community foundation's vast knowledge of local nonprofits, introduces them to like-minded philanthropists, and – through the power of endowment – ensures their good work continues forever through a fund in their name. She also leads the foundation's Professional Advisor Council – an esteemed group of area wealth managers, trust officers, attorneys and accountants – to create giving opportunities that are simple and accessible for fundholders.

What She Did Before

Laura's entire professional career has been in development, for both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the community foundation, Laura was the director of development for the Akron Symphony, where she managed all annual fund giving, corporate sponsorships, special events and grant writing. She's a graduate of the College of Wooster and lives in Highland Square. 

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