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An Indispensable Resource for Nonprofit Leaders and Fundraisers

Diversity and Philanthropy coverAt a time when nonprofit leaders find themselves in an increasingly diverse philanthropic environment, understanding how to harness the power of cultural diversity is essential. This highly anticipated resource is grounded in Lilya Wagner’s many years as a fundraising professional, trainer, and consultant, as well as her extensive global and multicultural experience.


Featured Collaborating author


Michael J BrownMichael J. Brown, MBA, Associate Director of Philanthropic Service For Institutions, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

Mr. Brown is a long-time consultant, national speaker, and recognized leader in the nonprofit marketing arena. In addition to having served as Senior Vice President at one of the largest fundraising agencies in the United States, he is also a seasoned marketing executive with Fortune 500 experience in brand marketing, database analytics and marketing research. He holds a Tulane MBA and is the founder and owner of Targeted Insights, a marketing communications consultancy specializing in strategic development and donor communications. Currently he is associate director at Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a consulting office based in Maryland.


Highlights of the book:


  • Information and insights about specific population groups and their cultures, traditions, and practices in North America that affect and influence philanthropy.
  • Examples from countries of origin.
  • Real-life examples and sidebars from representatives of those cultures.
  • Input by professionals and practitioners from diverse populations and countries of origin.
  • Suggestions for the culturally-proficient professional, particularly in fundraising.

About the author


Before she was ten years old, Lilya Wagner had left her homeland as a refugee, wandered homeless through parts of Europe, finally made it to the United States as an immigrant, spoke four languages, lived on three continents, crossed several oceans, and had short-term stays in New York and Washington, DC. Her personal and professional experience bring together knowledge of culture, diversity and generosity and place these into practical perspectives. As a frequent speaker, trainer, and educator, she has made culture and philanthropy an area of expertise over time, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of the topic. Her network of global professionals, developed through North American and international work, enhances the significance of this volume. Her continuing affiliation with a great many nonprofits and educational institutions, plus her consulting role bring a fine balance of sources of information compiled into one practical volume for the culturally-proficient professional.


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