Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield, Founder and Principal
Lauren Shenfield’s experience in family, private, and corporate philanthropy includes family and private foundations, Exxon Corporation, and the Ford Foundation. A leading donor advisor and family foundation consultant, Lauren is the founder and principal of Philanthropy Advisors, LLC and has provided grantmaking, management and consulting services to clients for 25 years.
Lauren is a member of the Professional Advisory Committees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Central Park Conservancy and is a trustee of Copland House, the Media & Policy Center Foundation and The Baron De Hirsch Fund. An inaugural member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, she previously served as a director of Philanthropy
New York and Women & Philanthropy. Lauren specializes in helping donors define and revisit mission and grantmaking strategies. She guides clients in creating innovative grant programs and in evaluating their effectiveness as philanthropists. A nationally recognized facilitator of family foundation board retreats, she has worked with more than 30 private philanthropies to address intergenerational issues, resolve conflict and develop inspired, strategic grant programs as well as meaningful governance structures. Among her specialized services is the training of family foundation directors, officers and trustees. She serves as an executive coach to family and professional foundation staff
Lauren’s is a frequent speaker and writer about philanthropy. She has been interviewed for The Journal of Wealth Management, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and other professional journals and on-line publications including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. The New York Times, CNN, and NPR’s Studio 360 featured an award program she created, Anonymous Was A Woman, for its unique assistance to older women artists. A contributor to the Council on Foundation’s Management volume in the Family Foundation Library series, Lauren has addressed the Family Office Forum and IMI’s Wealthy Families Forum on the subject of Engaging in Values-Based Philanthropy. The New York Regional Association of Grantmakers published her review of Julie Salamon’s Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give.
Lauren is a vetted member of the Philanthropy Advisor Programs of Fidelity Charitable, the Jewish Communal Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust and is recommended by Philanthropy New York. She is also accredited to administer the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Pursuit of Excellence assessment program and has served as a peer reviewer for The Foundation Review.