Lisa Dietlin of ‘The Power Of Three’ on Bringing the Nonprofit Sector to the Forefront of Media
Named one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation, Lisa Dietlin, President and CEO of Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates and The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy has served over 140 organizations nationwide as a philanthropic agent, assisting entrepreneurial individuals and nonprofit organizations in developing transformational philanthropic strategies. Lisa is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post’s Impact column addressing the world of giving and philanthropy. 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 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 and is available in 7 languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com and on the Amazon Kindle.
Lisa’s impressive connection to the philanthropic world is inspiring. Read on to discover why philanthropy matters and her takeaways for getting involved beyond a donation.
First, how did I meet Lisa? I came across her profile on Huffpost Impact after reading: The World of Giving: U.S. Charitable Giving in 2011 Paints a Fascinating Picture. I knew right away, Lisa is someone to follow and learn from. I quickly hit the follow button to receive her RSS feed, and from there I knew I needed to connect with her, interview her Conscious Magazine, and so I said hello to her on twitter -@lisadietlin, and the rest was history.
Check out this interview with Lisa, the lady of impact and learn about what it really means to be a philanthropist!
When this story was recently shared with me again it occurred to me that since my youngest days I have had an innate sense to help others and make a difference. I would say I was born with it but have had a blessed life that has afforded me many opportunities to work in this amazing field for almost 30 years!
First, they see a clear difference between philanthropy and charity and most want to do philanthropy. While they see a need for charity, it is recognized as something that is a short term solution to a problem. Individuals and entrepreneurs would rather be involved with projects and programs that are long term and long lasting.
Second, most wished they had become involved in the philanthropic world sooner. I believe individuals, and especially entrepreneurs, can be overlooked as possible sources of financial support because many nonprofit leaders and volunteers are focused primarily on writing and securing corporate and foundation grants.
Third, many of the entrepreneurs I meet and interview say the more money they give away, the more money they make. It is an unintentional outcome of their efforts to change or improve something for others.
Finally, most said they learned about giving back while their watching their moms doing something around the holidays to make sure neighbors and those less fortunate had food.
Additionally, women I interview also say that philanthropy is more than simply giving money; it is also about doing things like helping someone carry in their groceries, holding a door open, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, shoveling the snow from the front steps of an elderly person’s home or simply offering a smile to someone. So the question is how can we inspire our friends and colleagues? I would offer the following 5 tips:
- Lead by example; show others how easy it is to become involved and give back
- Invite your friends and colleagues to join you when you are doing something to make a difference in your community
- Start talking about philanthropy and charitable organizations as well as issues at the dinner table
- Instead of giving presents and gifts for birthdays and other celebrations, make a donation in someone’s name to your or their favorite charitable cause
- Add a tagline to the signature line of your outgoing email messages about the causes and/or nonprofit organizations you support; this is a simple but effective way to tell others about what is important to you; a link to that organization’s website could also be included