Lilya Wagner

Director, Philanthropic Service for Institutions; Adjunct Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

13412 Hathaway Drive
Silver Spring, MD


  • Received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Doctorate in education from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Major area of emphasis was curriculum and instruction, with additional areas of study in bilingual education, social and psychological foundations in education, and educational leadership. 
  • Master’s in music
  • Certification in fundraising, the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)


Lilya Wagner is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a consulting office specializing in services for faith-based organizations, including universities, schools, healthcare organizations and social services.

From 2005-2008, Lilya was Vice President for Philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C., an international development organization. Prior to joining Counterpart, Lilya completed fourteen years of association with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University serving as associate director for public service and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.  She is on the philanthropic studies faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and also teaches in the graduate program at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

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 interest and professional topics. Some areas of specialty are fundraising and philanthropy, nonprofit management, culture/diversity and philanthropy, personality and thinking styles.

Previous experience includes serving as vice president at the National Association for Community Leadership and at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has received various awards for her publications as well as fundraising and marketing programs.

Courses Taught

When still on campus (left full-time employment in 2005) taught graduate courses in fundraising and proposal writing.

Research Interests

Have conducted research about giving in various population groups. Also have researched homelessness in Europe.

Current Projects

Have a book contract with Praeger for Diversity and Philanthropy.

Honors & Awards

Received awards from CASE for fundraising.


Numerous and in a variety of topics. This is part of my current work and a major portion of my responsibilities when working full-time at the Center on Philanthropy. Also have done a great deal of training globally.

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