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Lisa Kalal Named Vice President of Philanthropy for United Way of San Diego County

San Diego County CA— Kalal brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropic development to the 97-year-old nonprofit, with expertise in areas such as major sponsorship acquisition, donor cultivation, board development and strategic planning. Her role in United Way will include growing major gifts, leadership giving, donor engagement, and dynamic donor recruitment and retention.

“Lisa exemplifies leadership qualities that will help United Way continue to grow and strengthen its philanthropic presence in the community,” said President and CEO Laurie Coskey, Ed.D. “We have much to do to fulfill our commitment, and we believe Lisa can help us achieve our bold goals that give the children and families we serve the best odds for success.”

In her recent position as the director of women’s philanthropy for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Kalal was responsible for growing philanthropy and meaningful engagement with the Federation’s female donors, with an emphasis on major gift and mid-level donors. She also increased the Federation’s membership, portfolio and fundraising efforts.

During her time with the San Diego Opera, she raised over $26 million. As the director of development for major sponsorships and director of institutional giving, Kalal was instrumental in building a model fundraising program for the Opera that secured five- and six-figure grants from various local and national organizations.

Kalal received her undergraduate degree from New York University and resides in Tierrasanta with her husband and three teenage children.


About United Way of San Diego County

By working with hundreds of nonprofits, schools, businesses and community leaders, United Way of San Diego County changes the odds for children through access to quality education. The nonprofit plays a unique role, bringing the right people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. United Way solves complex problems by maximizing existing community partners/resources and establishing common goals to create permanent change in the community. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. Learn more at www.uwsd.org, the blog, Facebook and Twitter.