Designing A Better World, One Non-Profit at a Time: My Friend Lauren Towle
In my ongoing series profiling leaders I admire, I am delighted to show more than I am telling in this post – sharing the beautiful, visual design Lauren Towle has been contributing to non-profits since she graduated from college.
I met Lauren through a dear friend nearly ten years ago, and was so impressed with her work then, that I hired her to help with the branding and web design of Butterfly Buzz; a company I started 6 years ago this September. I learned immediately she was a very good listener, a very happy and positive spirit, a very creative young lady, and simply the kind of designer I wanted to work with.
Now that I am back in the communications business, Lauren is helping my team at GENBAND with graphic design, while also volunteering to help with some of the related non-profit efforts we have underway (for example, she is on the Life Is Great team now.
I was delighted to learn earlier this year that Lauren moved from the NYC area to Pasadena, California, only a short drive from our home! Here, she is closer to her grandmother and aunts, and enjoying a sunnier, warmer lifestyle.
Here are some examples of Lauren’s work:
And here is a list of non-profits she has helped with her extraordinary design powers, fed by her natural compassion for people, and love of life:
- American Austrian Foundation
- R Baby Foundation
- Noori Center for Women in Kabul, Afghanistan
- Rockland Music Conservatory
- Care for Kenya
- Birds Nest Foundation
- Aid Afghanistan for Education
- Luke’s Wings
- Priene Hali
- Fans For A Cure
- Cassandra’s Angel
- The Christian Foundation
- New York Says Thank You
- Work Vessels for Vets
And this week, we add www.ligglobal.org, and know we will continue to add organizations Lauren will support, helping them communicate their vision for service, helping them make their own dreams come true, while serving others.
I am in awe of Lauren – she is a perfect example of how everybody can help, how everybody has something special to give.
In Lauren’s case, her gifts for design “scale” as her work has literally helped non-profits, including start-ups, raise millions of dollars for the reduction of infant mortality, the prevention and diagnosis of prostate cancer, the education and rights of Afghan women, the empowerment of girls, support of military veterans, care for AIDS orphans in Africa, the magic of music education for children whose families would otherwise have been unable to afford instruments or lessons, the advancement of causes through creation of multimedia, documentaries and videos and so much more.
She remains one of my favorite people on this planet, though sometimes I think – she must be an angel.