Lauren Renda, CAP© is a Philanthropic Advisor with the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada. Lauren’s experience and knowledge are demonstrated by her leadership of large funds with advisory committees and public grant cycles including, the Truckee River Fund, Dream Tags Charitable Fund, and the Raymond C. Rude Foundation Fund. As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, she has the expertise to guide fundholders and advisory committees as they achieve their charitable goals. Lauren manages 130 funds, the three largest totaling nearly $29 million.
Lauren helped develop the Community Foundation’s growing scholarship program that includes more than 40 different scholarship funds under her care. In 2020 the Community Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $515,415 to 230 students.
Lauren’s relationships with the regional nonprofit sector help make the Community Foundation 100% Giving Board Awards a successful method of encouraging best practices in nonprofit board participation. In 2020 the 100% Giving Board Award recognized 88 nonprofits that raised $2.4 million in personal Board contributions
Lauren co-administers the annual Community Fund grant cycle and administers the COVID-19 Relief Fund. She has facilitated more than 4,500 grants since 2016, impacting nonprofits throughout the region, nationally and internationally. She is the staff liaison to the Stewardship Committee and oversees the inspirational High School Giving Circle.
Lauren brings a personal passion for environmental and human rights to her work. She is frequently a community resource on the subject of disaster philanthropy. Additionally, fundholders know they can ask for her guidance on family and next-generation philanthropy.
Lauren is a Nevada native with wanderlust in her adventurous spirit. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (International Affairs major; Spanish minor); and studied abroad in Cyprus and Chile. She earned a Master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey in 2012; (International Policy, focusing on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights), including conducting fieldwork in Nepal.
Lauren’s nurtures her interests and energy through yoga, baking, hiking, and snowshoeing, and seriously relaxing in hot springs found off Nevada backroads.