Eileen Heisman

President, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust

Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE, is the President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, one of the Top 25 grantmaking institutions in the US. She is an internationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification. She has been named three 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 2016. She was also named “Outstanding Fundraising Professional” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ms. Heisman was invited by the Chinese government to speak to their emerging nonprofit sector about philanthropy.

Since 2006, Ms. Heisman has authored the annual Donor-Advised Fund Report, the industry’s recognized authority on the state of sector. In 2016, National Philanthropic Trust launched the award-winning HistoryOfGiving.org, the only interactive digital exibition dedicated to the last 500 years in philanthropy.

Ms. Heisman is currently a member of the faculty at Leadership Philadelphia, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work graduate program and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a regular lecturer for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a member of the Governance Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Ms. Heisman serves on the Advisory Board at New York University’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, the Community Foundation of Singapore and the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. She is also the Chair of the Board at CultureTrust.

Ms. Heisman has a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree 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.

Past Appearances

Women@Work: September 20, 2017

Host Laura Zarrow is joined by Eileen Heisman (President, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust) on the Wednesday, September 20, 2017 edition of Women@Work.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Women@Work: May 24, 2017

Host Laura Zarrow is joined by Eileen Heisman (President, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust) on the Wednesday, May 24, 2017 edition of Women@Work.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Leadership in Action: April 20, 2017

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh and Michael Useem are joined by Lolly Daskal (Executive Leadership Coach; Author of “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness”) and Eileen Heisman (President, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust) on the Thursday, April 20, 2017 edition of Leadership in Action.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Knowledge @Wharton: December 11, 2017 Episode Featured ImageKnowledge @Wharton: December 11, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Kate Moore (Author), Jon Keeley (Fire Ecologist and Adjunct Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability), John Krist (Chief executive officer, Farm Bureau of Ventura County), Daniel Sumner (Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics; Director, University of California, Davis; University of California Agricultural Issues Center), Jill Manny (Adjunct Professor; Executive Director, National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, New York University School of Law), Eileen Heisman (President, CEO, National Philanthropic Trust), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), Greg Hagin (Senior Vice President & Managing Director, CCS), and Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania) on the Monday, December 11, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

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