For 19 years Laurie Heller and Associates (closed in early 2018) was a unique company with a distinctive approach to philanthropy. Laurie approaches philanthropic giving through the lens of Tikun Olam (healing the world). She believes in developing relationships between funders and agencies based on sound fiscal policy, mutual respect, transparency and teamwork.
Laurie is distinguished amongst her peers for her intuitive knowledge and understanding of organizations and organizational structure and for her creative problem solving. She has helped initiate collaborative relationships between funders, field staff and agency executives on issues as wide-ranging as youth services for Russian speaking youth, Jewish renewal projects, Israel experience programs undergoing difficult times, professional development programs for funders’ representatives and more recently an exploration of the nature, scope and solutions for food insecurity in Israel.
Laurie has a 360 degree vantage point because the extensive work with both non-profit agencies and foundations. Laurie’s partnership with philanthropic foundations includes assessing needs in Israel, effective program development, alignment of organizational strategies and evaluating impact to strengthen grant making.
Laurie currently represents The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The Baron De Hirsch Fund and The Rosenzweig Coopersmith Foundation.
Laurie has a BA from Yeshiva University and a MSW from Hunter College. Making Aliyah with her family in 1993, she currently lives in Jerusalem.