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Diana S. Newman

Executive Vice President Emerita

Diana leverages thirty years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience to help clients meet their fundraising, strategic planning, and board development initiatives. Specializing in gift planning and endowment building, she joined Benefactor Group in 2009.

Diana was Vice President for Development for the Columbus Foundation and first Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Foundation. She is the co-founder of the original Leave A Legacy program in Columbus, a community-wide collaboration to encourage people from all walks of life to leave gifts to the charities of their choice.

The Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Diana as its 2004 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, and in 2003 she received the AFP/Skystone Ryan Prize for Research. Diana is the author of Nonprofit Essentials: Endowment Building, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2005, and Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors, published by Jossey-Bass in 2002. In addition, Diana published a memoir in 2021, Lucky Me: Growing Up in Toledo, 1943-1961.

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