Day of Philanthropy 2023

February 15, 2023
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Four Seasons San Francisco
757 Market St.


We have reached capacity for Day of Philanthropy registration. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email or call 510.809.4914. 

Schedule of Events

Mimosa Reception 10:00 – 11:00 am
Celebrating Adam Swig, Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership recipient

Luncheon 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Featuring Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and author
Honoring Laura Lauder, Robert Sinton Award for Distinguished Leadership recipient

Storytelling with Inspiring Leaders 2:30 - 3:30 pm
With Gary and Laura Lauder


Ticket Packages

Includes premier seating at the luncheon, valet parking at the Four Seasons, VIP check-in, advance and in-room recognition, attendance at the Mimosa morning reception and Storytelling afternoon session

  • $10,000 for table of 10
  • $1,000 per ticket

Friends of Laura and Adam 
Includes priority seating at the luncheon, valet parking at the Four Seasons, VIP check-in, advance and in-room recognition, attendance at the Mimosa morning reception and Storytelling afternoon session

  • $5,000 for table of 10
  • $500 per ticket

Includes luncheon, Mimosa morning reception, and Storytelling afternoon session

  • $2,500 for table of 10
  • $250 per ticket

*FMV per ticket at any level is $215. 


Special thanks to Event Co-Chairs:

Howard and Diane Zack

David Agger


General questions, interest in corporate sponsorship or special pricing for young adults? Contact

Interests: Meetings
Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Rachel Kaber
Katie Couric
Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author of her memoir, "Going There," which was published in October 2021. She is also a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Since its launch in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $700 million to support cutting-edge collaborative science and its research has contributed to nine new FDA approved therapies.

In 2017, she founded Katie Couric Media (KCM), which has developed a number of media projects, including a daily newsletter, a podcast, digital video series and several documentaries. KCM works with purpose driven brands to create premium content that addresses important social issues like gender equality, environmental sustainability and mental health. Previous documentaries produced by KCM include: "America Inside Out with Katie Couric," a six-part series for National Geographic; "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," for National Geographic; "Under the Gun," which aired on EPIX; and "Fed Up," available on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. Couric was also the executive producer of "Unbelievable" on Netflix and is developing other scripted projects.

Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" from 2006 to 2011 following 15-years as co-anchor of NBC’s "Today" show. She also hosted a syndicated show and served as the Yahoo Global News Anchor until 2017. She has won a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys. She was twice named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and was a Glamour Magazine woman of the year three times. She has also received numerous awards for her cancer advocacy work; honored by both the Harvard and Columbia schools of public health, the American Cancer Society and The American Association of Cancer Researchers.

In addition to "Going There," Couric is also the author of two children’s books and "The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives."
Laura Lauder
Laura Lauder is a native of Canton, Ohio and journeyed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Seville, Spain for her undergraduate education. In 1992, she joined her husband Gary in their venture capital partnership, Lauder Partners, a Silicon Valley venture fund.

Laura now primarily focuses her efforts on strategic grantmaking through the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund and in numerous leadership capacities at local and national nonprofit organizations.

Laura is a social entrepreneur and venture philanthropist. Laura focuses on Signature Initiatives that she has designed and launched with experts and other philanthropists. For example, she co-founded the Center for Media and Democracy in Israel in 2019, a nonprofit and non-partisan independent news organization that promotes democratic discourse through investigative journalism, like an Israeli ProPublica. She founded DeLeT: Day School Teaching through Leadership in 2000, a national Jewish Teach for America type program. And, she co-founded the Jewish Teen Funders Network’s Foundation Board Incubator in 2012 that develops community-based teen philanthropy programs throughout North America, Australia, and Israel. Laura and her daughter, Eliana, created the Gap Year program at Duke University in 2018, during Eliana’s senior year at Duke, that seeks to encourage young people to take a gap year between high school and college to grow, explore, and serve. Together, Laura and Gary co-founded the Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute in 1996, which has convened over 7,000 young leaders worldwide to Aspen to participate in seminars and salons on the most difficult issues of the day.

Laura also serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Endowment Committee and current member of the Endowment Executive Committee at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco, with over $2 billion in assets, under the auspices of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. Laura serves on the Advisory Board of Service Year Alliance that creates opportunities for young adults to serve their country through a year of full-time community service. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute and chairs the Board’s Socrates Sub-Committee. She serves on the Social Finance Board in Boston, which facilitates impact investing. She has previously served on the boards of the National Constitution Center, the National Public Radio Foundation and Spark Networks — a NYSE Amex Company and parent of JDate.

Laura is active with the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO), a global leadership network and is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named one of “10 Women to Watch” by Jewish Woman magazine in 2004. She has won numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation in 2011, the Jim Brooks Achievement Award in 2004, and the San Francisco Bay Area Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award in 1999.

Laura is an avid cyclist and won a bronze medal in the Maccabi Games in Israel in cycling time trial in 2009. While she is a political junkie, she hopes to never run for political office, but is willing to climb any mountain on a bike. She and Gary live in Silicon Valley and have two children who are young adults.
Adam Swig
Adam Swig is the founder and executive director of Value Culture, a California nonprofit focused on engaging the next generation in culture and philanthropy through events and culture programming. Since 2012, Adam worked with over 60 nonprofit organizations raising over $1 million dollars for philanthropic causes. His constantly sold-out events have raised awareness for many causes including the environment, children in need, Shabbat and Jewish life, homelessness, public institutions, inclusivity, the arts, up and coming musical artists of all genres, disaster relief, cancer, women’s issues, goats, strengthening Bay Area culture, and encouraging philanthropy. Adam currently serves on the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco, The Bammies Music Foundation Advisory Board, the board of the Bay Area Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California, a member of the Doolan Larson Residence and Storefront Task Force, & the Contemporary Jewish Museum Contemporaries. Highlights of 2021 pandemic programming included producing a 60,000-person international virtual Passover seder featuring stars like Tiffany Haddish, creating the first Afikomen NFT featured in The NY Times, and hosting virtual talks with Holocaust survivors reaching hundreds of thousands of new listeners to the topic.

With nominators and supporters from across the country, Adam Swig has fostered deep and meaningful relationships in the Bay Area and national Jewish communities. Adam has his finger on the “pulse of our city and various communities within it” while extending himself with generosity and kindness. He is a mensch, does his work with heart, and is proudly Jewish. Adam’s leadership is creative, and he builds bridges across communities with high impact and innovative events and relationships that are open to everyone, and at little or no cost.

What started out through his own sense of giving back to his primarily Jewish community has developed into a national schedule of events that bring together his colleagues, his peers, and his fellow Jews. He creates programs and opportunities that “represent the moment and the passions and values that many of us share at this particular junction in history.” He’s creating spaces to confront topics and ideas that many didn’t even know we would want or need in Jewish community.