CAMDEN — Camden Public Library will host Diane Lebson of Evergreen Philanthropic Solutions Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. for a free online workshop that will offer participants practical advice on how to make a greater impact with their philanthropic engagement. Lebson’s presentation will highlight lessons from her new book, “For a Good Cause: A Practical Guide to Giving Joyfully.” Register for a Zoom link to attend by visiting the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org.

Pictured is Diane Lebson’s book, “For a Good Cause: A Practical Guide to Giving Joyfully” Courtesy of Diane Lebson

 

As we enter the “the season of giving,” it can be tricky to navigate the appeals of so many worthwhile nonprofit organizations and service groups. Lebson’s book, geared especially toward women, is the first of its kind. It covers a spectrum of topics — offering guidance to those who are interested in joining boards; applying their skills as a volunteer; learning to be an effective donor; and even what to consider when starting a nonprofit. For the Nov. 2 workshop, Lebson will introduce an overview of her book, but will focus on strategies to help donors connect with organizations that represent their values.

Lebson grew up as a first-generation American in Milford, Conn., 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, Lebson 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 17 years, she managed United Way’s national literacy program, directed 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 U.S. fundraising operations for an international nongovernmental organization that served orphans and abandoned children, led a public library foundation, served as the chief of protocol at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, 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.

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