We are excited to announce that Lauren Wool will be joining the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation as our next Director of Grantmaking! Lauren Wool joins the Women’s Foundation from United Way, where she has spent nearly 20 years in nonprofit community impact, most recently as Senior Area Director, Seacoast Region.
“We are thrilled to have Lauren join our team as Director of Grantmaking,” said Women’s Foundation CEO Tanna Clews. “Lauren has built a stellar reputation in nearly two decades as a respected community and nonprofit leader, and we are so pleased to have her lead our grantmaking program as we continue to expand our investment in organizations serving women and girls in the Granite State.”
Lauren’s previous experience as Senior Director of Community Impact at United Way includes leading data-informed and volunteer-driven grantmaking. She has led the convening and facilitation of numerous collaborations, including homelessness and substance use prevention, girl’s initiative, kindergarten readiness. She is highly skilled at strategic prioritization of community needs, and is focused on building the partnerships required to solve for them.
“I am so excited to be joining the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and contributing to a focused and critically important mission,” Lauren Wool said. “I look forward to continued learning and service to the many community leaders, grantee partners and changemakers who are champions for New Hampshire’s women and girls.”
Lauren is passionate about radical listening, including all perspectives, and finding common ground. She actively participates with the NH Funder Forum and DEI Affinity Group, a Trust Based Philanthropy Community of Practice, and Leadership Seacoast’s Program Committee.
“In our search for our next Grantmaking Director, Lauren’s experience, approach and character stood out in a strong field of candidates,” said Hope Damon and Caitlin Delaney, Co-Chairs of the Women’s Foundation’s Grants Committee. “We are so happy to have her on board and we can’t wait to get to work!”
Lauren brings deep experience in grantmaking in New Hampshire, along with strong skills in facilitation, coalition building and strategic planning. She will lead the Women’s Foundation’s annual community grant making program, as well as lead the Foundation’s Women & Girls of Color Fund and Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Access Fund.
Lauren lives in Portsmouth with her husband Jeff and their daughters Sabina and Liana. Having it all means juggling family with career, and when balanced, she enjoys yoga, the beach, reading, and live music.
Lauren will be starting her new role as Director of Grantmaking on May 23rd.
Join us in welcoming Lauren!