Person

Laurie Franz

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Philanthropy Executive and Political Donor

Laurie Franz is a Democratic Party donor and president of the Five Together Foundation. 1 The Five Together Foundation supports environmentalist organizations, nonprofit incubators, and refugee resettlement efforts. 2

Franz’s father is Robert Irwin Toll, one of the co-founders of the Toll Brothers Company, 3 a multi-billion-dollar luxury home building business. 4

Early Life

Laurie Franz was born in 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1992. 5 Franz’s parents set up the Five Together Foundation, a multi-million-dollar private grant maker, for her and her siblings to manage. 6

Franz’s father is Robert Irwin Toll, one of the co-founders of the Toll Brothers Company, 7  a multi-billion-dollar luxury home building business. 8

OLAM

Laurie Franz sits on the board of OLAM, 9 a network of over 60 Jewish organizations devoted to reducing hunger and poverty in developing nations. 10 In 2021, OLAM released a report that surveyed organizations that were part of the OLAM network to determine the biggest challenges faced by network members in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 11

Other Affiliations

Laurie Franz also sits on the boards of JEVS Human Services, JEVS Foundation, and RefugePoint, 12 an organization that works to resettle refugees in other countries. 13 Franz is a committee member of the USC Shoah Foundation. 14

Political Contributions

In 2016 Laurie Franz contributed to Democratic Party candidates and Democratic Party aligned political action committees, including ActBlue ($50), Hillary for America ($250), and the Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs ($250). 15

In 2018, Laurie Franz contributed to ActBlue ($111), Conor Lamb (D-PA) for Congress ($250), the failed Liuba Gretchen Shirley campaign for New York’s 2nd Congressional district ($250), Marie Newman (D-IL) for Congress ($500), and the failed Shira Goodman campaign for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional district ($2,700). 16

In 2020, Laurie Franz contributed to the Joe Biden presidential campaign ($5,600); Mark Kelly (D-AZ) for Senate ($500); Jon Ossoff (D-GA) for Senate ($2,500); and the failed Senate campaigns of Cal Cunningham in North Carolina ($2,500), Theresa Greenfield in Iowa ($2,500), Sara Gideon in Maine ($2,500), and Steve Bullock in Montana ($2,500). 17

In 2021, Laurie Franz contributed to the 2022 Wisconsin Senate campaign of Mandela Barnes ($500) and the 2022 re-election campaign of Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) ($500). 18

References

  1. Frieda C. Fox Foundation. Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). 2019. Part XV, line 3.
  2. Frieda C. Fox Foundation. Return of a Private Foundation (Form 990-PF). 2019. Part XV, line 3.
  3. David Callahan. “The Most Powerful Heirs in Philanthropy.” Inside Philanthropy. January 19, 2022. Accessed March 6, 2022. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2022/1/19/the-most-powerful-heirs-in-philanthropy
  4. [1] “Toll Brothers, a History 50 Years In The Making.” Toll Brothers. https://www.tollbrothers.com/blog/toll-brothers-history-50-years-making/
  5.  “Laurie Franz.” radaris. https://radaris.com/p/Laurie/Franz/
  6.  Leiter, Robert. “For These Young Philanthropists, Giving Is a Natural Part of Life.” Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2013/01/21/for-these-young-philanthropists-giving-is-a-natural-part-of-life/
  7. David Callahan. “The Most Powerful Heirs in Philanthropy.” Inside Philanthropy. January 19, 2022. Accessed March 6, 2022. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2022/1/19/the-most-powerful-heirs-in-philanthropy
  8. “Toll Brothers, a History 50 Years In The Making.” Toll Brothers. https://www.tollbrothers.com/blog/toll-brothers-history-50-years-making/
  9. “Laurie Franz.” OLAM. https://olamtogether.org/our-board-funders/
  10. “Out Story.” OLAM. https://olamtogether.org/about-olamglobal-jewish-service/
  11.  “CONSEQUENCES OF COVID: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2020 OLAM PARTNER SURVEY.” OLAM. https://olamtogether.org/field-reports/2020-olam-partner-survey-highlights/
  12. Laurie Franz.” OLAM. https://olamtogether.org/our-board-funders/
  13. “Resettlement.” RefugePoint. https://www.refugepoint.org/our-work/resettlement/
  14. “Laurie Franz.” OLAM. https://olamtogether.org/our-board-funders/
  15. “Laurie Franz.” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=laurie+franz&contributor_zip=19428
  16. “Laurie Franz.” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=laurie+franz&contributor_zip=19428
  17. [1] “Laurie Franz.” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=laurie+franz&contributor_zip=19428
  18. “Laurie Franz.” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=laurie+franz&contributor_zip=19428
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