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Louise Sawyer

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy

Louise Sawyer, J.D. is a senior advisor at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. Her research focuses on the development of philanthropic interest, engagement, and leadership in young women during emerging adulthood.  In 2010 Ms. Sawyer and Diana Paolitto, Ed.D. conducted a qualitative study entitled “The Impact of Experiential Philanthropy On Undergraduate Women.”  This unique study traced the impact on the personal and intellectual development of female students in four areas of learning.  The study also identified distinct steps in the development of a young woman’s philanthropic attitude and engagement.

Ms. Sawyer is a partner at the North Bridge Advisory Group where she consults to families and individuals on philanthropy education and planning, particularly for the next generation.  For the past 3 years Louise has consulted to the Learning by Giving Program of the Sunshine Lady Foundation founded by Doris Buffett.  Louise has nurtured and managed this national program that supports experiential philanthropy undergraduate courses at over twenty five colleges and universities.  As a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University she taught an undergraduate experiential philanthropy course for four years.  Her experience in next generation philanthropy education includes designing and implementing curricula at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate level. 

Louise received her J.D. from Boston College Law School, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.