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Esther Larson

Senior Director of Programs
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Esther Larson is senior director of Programs at Philanthropy Roundtable. Prior to joining the Roundtable, Esther served in senior leadership roles with Hope for New York, Hunger Free America and the Met Council on Jewish Poverty. Earlier in her career, she interned at the White House, focusing on strategies to mobilize Americans to volunteer. 

In her role at the Roundtable, Esther directs the donor advisory and research functions of the organization. She also directs the strong communities area of the Roundtable’s work which includes building understanding of, relationships with and analysis of thought leaders, funders and organizations who are working to strengthen communities across America. 

Esther holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, Master of Arts from New York University, Master of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. She also has a certificate in fundraising and philanthropy from New York University and a certificate of business excellence from Columbia Business School. Esther also serves on several nonprofit and faith-based boards.

Authored by Esther Larson

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    Giving USA 2023: A Conversation About Faith and Giving

    • June 16, 2023

    On Father’s Day, Helping Dads Make a Difference

    • May 10, 2023

    Every Mother’s Advocate: How One Organization Is Helping Women and Families Find Healing

    • May 9, 2023

    Mental Health Awareness Month: How Nonprofits Are Helping Individuals in Need

    • April 12, 2023

    Heather Templeton Dill on Philanthropic Values and Inspiring Awe and Wonder

    • April 6, 2023

    Celebrating Faith-Inspired Philanthropy and its Impact on People’s Lives

    • March 2, 2023

    Brandon Edwin Chrostowski: Offering a Second Chance Through the Culinary Arts

    • January 19, 2023

    City Relief: Providing Dignity to the Homeless in New York and New Jersey

    • December 20, 2022

    A Celebration of Faith-Based Giving this Holiday Season

    • August 18, 2022

    Nonprofit Leader Reflects on How to Foster “Care and Character” in Medicine in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

    • July 21, 2022

    How Philanthropy Can Help End Toxic Polarization in America – and Protect Democracy

    • July 13, 2022

    Nonprofit Seeks Truly Indivisible America through Depolarization