Lisa Hoffman is a natural coach, trainer, and guide who is exceedingly skilled at helping nonprofit leaders navigate the complexities of board governance, accountability, and organizational change with great grace and insight. She is passionate about helping her nonprofit clients better accomplish their missions, as well as growing the leadership capacity of the sector. A frequent presenter at Foundation Center, she is one of our most popular guest speakers, and her audiences appreciate her wisdom, grace, and tactical advice that are hallmarks of her work.
Janet Camarena, Director, Transparency Initiatives, Foundation Center
Lisa is a skilled and perceptive coach. The fundraising strategies she recommended had an immediate, positive impact on our relationships with major donors and corporate fundraising efforts. Lisa also identified opportunities to strengthen our entire community of support. By advocating data-based decisions, she helped me prioritize tasks that directly benefited my organization.
Lisa brings more than fundraising expertise to her coaching sessions. She knows how to communicate and collaborate effectively with people. If you are ever puzzled by the demands of your job or work environment, I highly recommend Lisa’s coaching services. I am very grateful to have learned from her how I can better support my colleagues and inspire donors with feedback on the impact of their gifts
Kellie Brownell, Giant Rabbit LLC
Lisa served as a coach and mentor for me as I was transitioning into the role of DER President and while I was serving as the Director of Development for the LightHouse. The expertise and practical skills she shared with me, as well as her compassionate facilitation of our sessions, were instrumental in my achieving a significant career goal more than a decade in the making. Her coaching also gave me the tools to work toward whole-life balance. I am honored to call Lisa a mentor and friend.
Jennifer Yeagley Russell, Executive Director at Community Tampa Bay
My agency, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), initially engaged Lisa Hoffman in 2009 to help review and critique materials for our annual major donor campaign. Her insights and suggestions were so valuable that we decided to contract with her to conduct a training for Board members in advance of the campaign.
Lisa’s work was top-notch, professional and effective. We received extremely positive feedback from all of our Board members on the training and on the materials developed for the campaign. And, the training worked so well that we brought Lisa back in again this year to train new Board members.
Lisa is an expert in a variety of development task areas, a seasoned facilitator, and a delight in collaboration. She makes the process easy and stress-free, and handles our varied Board member personalities (not to mention staff personalities) with grace and charm.
You simply can’t go wrong in having Lisa on your team. I recommend her without question.
Jim McBride,Marketing/Communications/Fundraising Professional
Austin Zen Center board of directors hired Lisa to coach us in development and fund-raising. She sent us information in advance, guided us through a creative and inspiring process, and helped us to jump-start a great development plan. With her guidance and support, we have entered a whole new world of non-profit professionalism and effectiveness.
Lauren Ross, Environmental Engineer
Lisa works with non-profit Board members to help them bring mindfulness, focus, and to enhance each individual’s own purpose and ease of execution behind their work.
Her series of mindfulness workshops and groups are an engaging collection of individuals from diverse organizations, coming together to learn. Lisa is an excellent moderator, coach and easily involves the entire group in the learning process. She is personable, very calm and grounded, and encourages active discussion and participation.
Steve Mueller, President at MICI
Lisa was the best thing that ever happened to me in my non-profit career. She is a talented coach who guided me and my organization into developing a more strategic approach to fundraising, grounded in our organization’s values and mission. She was gentle but straight-forward when giving feedback and is a calming presence in that can be a very stressful environment. I hope to be able to work with her again.
Erica Jackson Kirkendall, Executive Assistant at SAP Labs, LLC