In this episode of The NonProfit Voice, Nhu Te, editor-in-chief of NonProfit PRO, is joined by Eileen Heisman, ACFRE, president and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, to discuss the current state of donor-advised funds. Tune into the full episode to hear more about Eileen's journey, the evolution of DAFs, how nonprofits can encourage DAF giving and much more.
Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE, is the president and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust. She is a nationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. She has been interviewed about philanthropy and donor-advised funds on CNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN International and Bloomberg TV, and by nearly every national newspaper and major trade publication, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS MarketWatch, Financial Advisor and Investment News. She has been named six times by NonProfit Times as one of their Power and Influence Top 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the philanthropic sector, most recently in 2019. She is currently listed as one of ONE HUNDRED’s top influencers in philanthropy and, earlier this year, she was the recipient of a 2019 Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award. At the invitation of the Chinese government, Eileen spoke to their emerging nonprofit sector about American philanthropy. She was the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, the highest award granted by AFP to recognize effective, creative and stimulating leadership, and the practice and promotion of ethical fundraising. She was also among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification.
She currently teaches a graduate course in philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and is also a member of the faculty at LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. She is on the Governance Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a periodic lecturer for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Eileen is both a lecturer and member of the National Advisory Board at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She served as founding chair of Culture Works Philadelphia for seven years and now serves on the national Social Impact Commons Board.
She received a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s in social work with a major in social program evaluation from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the third Wharton Fellows Class at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.