Hammond native leads grantmaking and fund stewardship initiatives

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, has named Lara Kalwinski as Vice President.

Kalwinski, of Hammond, is responsible for management of all Legacy Foundation grants initiatives. She also participates in asset development for the foundation, with responsibility for fund stewardship and donor relationship management.

“The board of directors and staff of Legacy Foundation are thrilled to have a leader with Lara’s intelligence, knowledge of the Northwest Indiana nonprofit and business communities, and insightful world view join our team,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. “She brings a unique combination of roots in Lake County and experience helping to build philanthropic organizations nationwide and worldwide to her new role.”


Kalwinski previously was director of philanthropic sustainability at PHJC Foundation in Hobart. Prior to that role, she served as director of international development in Bangalore, India, for Ancilla Systems Inc. She also was a manager and consultant with the Hammond Urban Enterprise Association; and worked as a researcher for the Columbia Law School in New York, the Mauer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington, and Legacy Foundation.

Kalwinski earned a Juris Doctor degree, a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, all from Indiana University in Bloomington.