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Lisa Dietlin

Lisa Dietlin

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Name: Lisa Dietlin
Date registered: June 6, 2012



Lisa M. Dietlin is President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc. Ms. Dietlin serves her clients as a philanthropic agent, assisting entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations in developing transformational philanthropic strategies. Through expert advice and structured counsel, Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc. is quickly becoming the prime model for philanthropic leadership throughout the country.
Ms. Dietlin is a much sought after guest for many television and radio programs. In 2010 she began working on bringing philanthropic issues to the public via NBC 5 Chicago and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post via her blog titled: Making a Difference: The World of Giving. In 2007 Lisa was named Charity Contributor to CBS 2 Chicago and appeared regularly to share information and ideas regarding how everyone can be involved in charitable work. She has also been featured on Oprah & Friends Radio as well as WGN Talk Radio and WCIU in Chicago, FOX News and National Public Radio. She is frequently quoted in many national publications including USA Today, Marketwatch, Reuters and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Lisa and her team have been working on a television program showcasing acts of philanthropy and generosity. It is a positively focused daily show about those individuals, businesses, groups and organizations that are making a difference through the world of giving. Stay tuned for more details.
Ms. Dietlin’s groundbreaking research on entrepreneurs and their philanthropic giving patterns has been quoted in several subsequent research studies in the United States and Canada. Further, her research on donor giving through the World Wide Web has been published in a number of periodicals and newsletters including initially The Chronicle of Higher Education. In August 2009 Lisa published her first book titled, Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits. In November 2010, Lisa published her second book, Making A Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World. Her third book, Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World was published in November 2011. All of her books are available for purchase on
Active in the development/fundraising arena since 1982, Lisa holds and has held several seats on nonprofit boards in where she contributes her extensive experience in strategic planning for development and fundraising. She is a frequent speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurial giving, major gifts fundraising and moves management, as well as board development.
Ms. Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois, in its nonprofit management degree and certificate programs where she taught the “Capital Campaigns for Nonprofit Organizations” course she designed as well as the course entitled “Annual and Major Gifts Fundraising.”

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  1. Making A Difference®: The World of Giving and Learning About Donor Advised Funds — August 28, 2012
  2. Making a Difference: The World of Giving — June 6, 2012

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Aug 28

Making A Difference®: The World of Giving and Learning About Donor Advised Funds

Have you heard of Donor Advised Funds (often known as DAFs)? Many people haven’t but they are well worth learning about and ascertaining if they can help you begin or continue Making A Difference® in your community while achieving your philanthropic dreams and goals.

Jun 06

Making a Difference: The World of Giving

Summer has arrived in Chicago! It seems as if every weekend you can participate in an “-athon” type fundraiser for a nonprofit organization. Many of these endurance events are fundraisers to benefit health related organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (breast cancer) or Easter Seals’ Walk with Me (for autism). Such contests raise both funds and awareness about an organization’s cause.