Philanthropic Service for Institutions
Lilya Wagner is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a department of the North America Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She also continues her long-time affiliation with The Fund Raising School, and is on the philanthropic studies faculty of the Center on Philanthropy at IndianaUniversity.
From 2005-2008, Lilya was Vice President for Philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C., an international development organization which provides a variety of services and projects in many countries. Prior to joining Counterpart, Lilya completed fourteen years of association with the Center on Philanthropy at IndianaUniversity serving as associate director for public service and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Her responsibilities included developing and managing projects and programs, such as the Philanthropic Ambassadors and the Hispanic Stewardship Development Partnership. She was in charge of curriculum preparation and revision for The Fund Raising School (TFRS) and was a frequent speaker and workshop presenter.
Her published writings include articles and book chapters on philanthropy, fundraising and the nonprofit sector, along with books and numerous articles on a variety of general interest and professional topics. Lilya was also co-editor of New Directions in Philanthropic Fundraising and she regularly writes for an on-line newsletter published by Changing Our world, www.onphilanthropy.com.
From 1993 until 1996 Lilya worked as vice president for development at the National Association for Community Leadership but continued her affiliation with the Center on Philanthropy as a faculty member for The Fund Raising School and trainer for Leadership Works. Prior to joining the Center on Philanthropy, Lilya served as vice president for institutional advancement at UnionCollege in Lincoln, Nebraska and received several national awards for her fundraising and advertising programs. She began her fundraising career by working in health care, and has served as a volunteer and board member for human service, arts and community organizations.
Lilya holds a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and has two masters degrees in journalism and music. She has taught at the university, college and high school levels, and has been employed as a public relations specialist. She is a musician by training and avocation.