Lisa M. Dietlin

President and CEO

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 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.

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. Lisa's third book, Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World, was published in November 2011 and her fourth book, Making A Difference® III: Still More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World, was published in September 2012. All of her books are available for purchase on and Amazon Kindle.

In addition, she is a much sought after key note and motivational speaker on the subjects of entrepreneurial giving, major gifts fundraising, change management, moves management and board development. Ms. Dietlin has provided her services to over 130 organizations nation-wide, including the Library of Congress, Alzheimer’s Association and Feeding America. These engagements, along with her newest book, The Power of Three: How to achieve your goals by simply doing three things a day, have established a platform for an excellent and engaging presentation. This, along with the reading, will help with attaining your goals, both personally and professionally.

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 is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

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."

She resides in Chicago. She is originally from Alpena, Michigan.