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May 23, 2022

In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat with Diane Lebson about her new book For a Good Cause. Learn the many ways to serve as a nonprofit volunteer, how to make a difference when you don't have time, how to set boundaries, and how to develop your philanthropic brand.

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Diane is a first-generation American, the daughter of working-class, Polish immigrants who instilled in her a strong work ethic and desire to “do good.” After studying international relations in college, Diane stayed in Washington and began her nonprofit career on the national staff of United Way, the largest charity in the United States.
Over the course of seventeen years, she managed United Way’s national  literacy program, managed the national board of trustees, and built a women’s giving program that has to date raised over $2 billion and mobilized over 70,000 philanthropists.
After leaving United Way, she went on to lead US fundraising  operations for an international nongovernmental organization that served  orphans and abandoned children, oversaw a leadership turnover at a large public library foundation, served as the Chief of Protocol at the US Embassy in Australia, and led the women’s giving program for the  American Red Cross.
In 2018, she and her husband cofounded Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions, a national consultancy that helps nonprofit organizations, individuals, corporations, and foundations achieve their philanthropic goals. Diane is a published author of For a Good Cause: A Practical Guide to Giving Joyfully and a frequent speaker at conferences.

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