Lisa Dietlin

Lisa Dietlin
The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy; DePaul University & Northwestern University
President, CEO; Adjunct Professor
Chicago, IL

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Lisa M. Dietlin is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change who, as a leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, is a highly coveted keynote speaker, media personality and…

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Lisa M. Dietlin is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change who, as a leading figure in the American nonprofit sector, is a highly coveted keynote speaker, media personality and philanthropic consultant.  She is also a leading motivational speaker and presenter encouraging audiences to not only go for their goals but how to achieve them.

Ms. Dietlin’s decades-long experience in the fundraising and nonprofit arenas, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have led her to become one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation. She is a frequent presence on several TV and radio programs, including NBC, CBS, Oprah & Friends Radio, WGN, The Weather Channel and WCIU in Chicago, FOX News and National Public Radio. She is frequently quoted in national publications such as USA Today, Marketwatch, Reuters and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving.”


Ms. Dietlin is also the author of four books on the subjects of charitable giving and enacting positive change: Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits, Making a Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas, and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World, Making A Difference® III: Still More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World.

Her fifth book, The Power of Three: How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a day was published in June 2014 to wide acclaim and is published in 7 languages including Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and English.  She is currently working on her 6th and 7th books.

As President and CEO of The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy (ITP), Lisa provides her expert advice and structured counsel to entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations to develop strategies that facilitate transformational philanthropy and charitable giving.  Lisa helps people “Do Philanthropy Better.”  She is also a coach for professional transformation and change.  Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 200 organizations nationwide, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Kiwanis International, the Junior League and Feeding America
Ms. Dietlin holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Ms. Dietlin resides in Chicago. She is originally from Alpena, Michigan.

Follow her on Twitter @LisaDietlin.

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