Barbara Talisman, CFRE

Barbara Ellen Talisman

When I am having fun it usually involves a nice, long bike ride, eating, cooking or taking a cooking lesson, travel and reading.  In January, 2016, I  moved from DC to Melbourne, Australia. Please come visit down under!

I started fundraising on the political campaign trail and began nonprofit fundraising with the American Heart Association and continued at the Anti-Defamation League. I have nonprofit and fundraising expertise that includes board and membership development, donor cultivation programs, major gift solicitation, grant writing, volunteer recruitment and corporate partnership.  My views on this site are my own.

I enjoy using social media and you can find me on Twitter, this blog, Talisman Thinking Out Loud, LinkedInFaceBook, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube.

I have my Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and am always learning through workshops and classes at BoardSource, The Institute for Charitable Giving, Vanderbilt University, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) regional and international conferences and Indiana University School of Philanthropy.

I am an AFP Master Trainer and speak at industry conferences around the world. I have written for influential industry publications including Fund Raising Management, Fundraising Success, Advancing Philanthropy and Clout. I am a member of the AFP DC chapter, I was very honoured to receive the President’s Award from the Chicago AFP chapter for my service to the chapter and to the fundraising profession.


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