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Lisa Greer    

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Convener, Investor & Best-Selling Author of "Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships, and Make a Difference"

Lisa Zola Greer is a philanthropist, nonprofit adviser, convener and the author of the bestselling book, "Philanthropy Revolution." Over the last decade, the Greer home in Beverly Hills, California, has been home to nearly 200 charitable salons and events connecting nonprofits with donors and the community.

Greer is currently serving as commissioner of the California State Commission on the Status of Women, a board member of the New Israel Fund and an executive committee member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors. She has also served as commissioner and chair of the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and a board member of many organizations, including the District Attorney’s Crime Prevention Foundation, Make-a-Wish of Greater Los Angeles, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and others.

Earlier in her career, Greer was a studio executive at NBC and Universal Studios, and she founded and led several companies, including a management consulting and strategic advisory firm specializing in digital media and entertainment businesses. A native of Los Angeles, Greer holds a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Speech Topics

Fundraisers and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Why Fundraising is in Trouble: Why the sector can’t survive if we don’t make change now
  • The Importance of Winning Millennial Donors: There are over 620K millennial millionaires in the US. Why are we ignoring them, and how can we help them to become fulfilled donors and nonprofit partners?
  • Why fundraising is harder now than ever before, and how to make your fundraising team more effective TODAY.
  • How to make sure new donors give again – 80% of Donors do not give a second time in the year following their first gift. Here is how to reverse that troubling trend.
  • Why monthly giving is the holy grail of revenue generation, and why many nonprofits don’t offer these forms of giving.
  • Donor Advised Funds: Understanding and capitalizing on this $168 billion opportunity
  • How to be an Effective Board Member – Bringing value and finding fulfillment as a nonprofit Board Member. How to know if a particular board is right for you.

o Rejecting a Gift: When is it okay – or imperative – to refuse a charitable gift?

Private Sector Helpers, Volunteers, and Donors. People Who Want to Help

  • The Subtle Art of Giving Well: How to make sure your donation creates the impact you’re looking for
  • Spotting red flags in choosing a nonprofit to donate to
  • How to ask the right questions of a nonprofit – and how to avoid unpleasant transactional interactions with fundraisers
  • Look for the Helpers: Five things you can do TODAY to make a difference
  • Legacy Giving: How to talk to your children about charitable giving

Corporate and Foundation Audiences

  • Greenwashing, Pinkwashing, and General Giving BS: Why corporate giving must be more than a PR move
  • Why real diversity is critical to success and longevity
  • What a company should look for in selecting a philanthropic partner
  • How to create lasting and beneficial partnerships with nonprofits

Professional Women of all Ages

  • A reflection of Lisa’s career as a mother and business leader in entertainment and philanthropy
  • Becoming aware of gender issues in fundraising – and how to overcome them
  • How to know whether an organization actually serves the interests of women

Jewish and Other Religious Groups

  • Navigating issues specific to Jewish and other faith communities
  • Synagogue-specific issues that impede stability and growth
  • Community leadership, board development, sustainability

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