Vice President of Institutional Advancement Named

Lois Gabin-Legato Joins The Philadelphia Foundation

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 17, 2016) — Lois Gabin-Legato has joined The Philadelphia Foundation as Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She will play a critical role in fundraising efforts as The Philadelphia Foundation – the region’s oldest and largest community foundation — seeks to grow its assets and increase effective philanthropic investment in Greater Philadelphia.

Legato has 15 years of development leadership experience on behalf of public and private higher educational institutions, combined with over 20 years of sales experience, including Wall Street sales and business development success in fast-paced, competitive corporate business environments.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Associate Vice President at the Office of Institutional Advancement of Drexel University, where she led advancement efforts for the College of Computing & Informatics and the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Previously, she was an Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts at Drexel, and a Senior Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer at Temple University (including the Fox School of Business and the Dental School).

Gabin-Legato spent the first part of her career on Wall Street working in securities for E.F. Hutton and then as a Vice President for UBS Securities. During that time besides building expertise in securities, she developed knowledge of estate planning. She also earned a law degree (JD) from Temple for the purpose of augmenting her estate planning skills.

Her community roles include serving as a board member of a United Way and on a friends board for a nonprofit medical research center. She also served as Chair for the New York City Junior Committee for UNICEF. She has been a member of a community board for a visiting nurse association, involved in Rotary, and has volunteered on campaigns to benefit a hospice organization and a neighborhood center.

About The Philadelphia Foundation

One of America’s oldest community foundations (founded in 1918), The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is committed to improving the quality of life in the Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). A foundation and a public charity, TPF connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. TPF manages assets of approximately $370 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships, and promotes greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits in service to community needs. To learn more, visit