President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Laura Ducceschi, earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services. The CAP program provides the knowledge and tools needed by professionals in the nonprofit, philanthropic and financial services fields in order to help individuals and families reach their charitable giving objectives and also meet their estate planning and wealth management goals.
Candidates for the CAP designation must complete a minimum of three courses in philanthropic studies at the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School and six hours of rigorous, supervised written examinations. The curriculum addresses the advanced design, implementation and management of charitable gift techniques and strategies, as well as philanthropic tools that include charitable trusts, private foundations, supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities. More than 1,400 individuals have been awarded the CAP designation worldwide since its inception in 2003.
CAP graduates are uniquely qualified to bring together gift planners and professional advisors in the common purpose to help families create inspired legacy plans. In addition, professionals who have earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation help donors improve their communities by maximizing the effective application of their financial resources.
Ducceschi’s expertise in gift planning combined with more than 15 years of philanthropic and nonprofit management experience enables her to work with individuals and their professional advisors in order to offer a greater breadth of gift planning options to maximize philanthropic impact through the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
In addition to the CAP designation, Ducceschi has an MBA in organizational management from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, an MA in communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she received a full fellowship, and a BA in communication from the University of Scranton where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently pursuing a certification in change management from Cornell University.
In her role as president and CEO at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, she administers more than 200 charitable funds and manages the administration of two additional private foundations, the NEPA Health Care Foundation and the Robert H. Spitz Foundation. She helps guide the philanthropic initiatives of those in our community and oversees grant funding to support projects, programs, and causes in the northeast Pennsylvania region. She has established the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, developed a Medallion Partners Program, and started the Women in Philanthropy initiative, all to benefit the surrounding community. She has also played a key role in the development of NEPA Moves, formed to solve the barriers in transportation to those in need in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative.