Cornerstone Unplugged | Erika Riddle Petrozelli

Cornerstone Unplugged | Erika Riddle Petrozelli

Erika Riddle Petrozelli, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently spoke with Cornerstone | Independent Asset Management on a podcast “Cornerstone Unplugged,” about the importance of community foundation, her career path to LVCF, and a variety of related topics.

Erika joined the Foundation in 2014 as Director of Donor Services, focusing on maintaining and expanding philanthropic relationships. She was named Vice President of Philanthropy in 2020, contributing to strategic decisions and community leadership activities, particularly during the pandemic. Erika is also a CPA that provides professional knowledge and advice about charitable giving to a wide range of Lehigh Valley residents, from individuals and families to their trusted advisors and local businesses. She is president of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and was recently named Vice Chair of the board of the Pennsylvania Community Foundation Alliance.

Erika Riddle Petrozelli explains what attracted her to the nonprofit Erika talks about her role evolution inside the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation:

  • The Foundation’s involvement in other nonprofits
  •  Who are the primary investors in the Foundation, and how does the process work?
  • Erika talks about the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Study Group and its importance to the Foundation 
  • What is capacity building, and how does it impact the Foundation? 
  • Erika explains the dollar amount, percentage, and gift you can give to the Foundation
  • What’s next for the Foundation?
  • Things Erika does for fun to unwind and what it was like working during the pandemic

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From Cornerstone

Would you like to make charitable contributions, leave a legacy, and impact the world? What’s the best way to achieve your goal? Many people are willing to help their communities and support the causes that matter to them. There has been a rise in nonprofit organizations and community foundations to help. And now, Erika Riddle Petrozelli shares how she’s running a community foundation that helps donors with charitable contributions using a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. 

In today’s episode of Cornerstone Unplugged, join JP Cavaliere and Stephen Link as they sit down with Erika Riddle Petrozelli, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, to discuss what it takes to run a community foundation. Erika explains how she got into the nonprofit space and her role in the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the Foundation’s role in other nonprofits, endowment, how capacity building impacts the Foundation, and how people can invest with the Foundation. 

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Resources mentioned in this episode:
Erika Riddle Petrozelli on LinkedIn
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
Stephen Link on LinkedIn 
JP Cavaliere on LinkedIn 
Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management
Cornerstone Unplugged podcast 

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