Lisa Farber Miller
Senior Program Officer - Jewish Life
As senior program officer at Rose Community Foundation since 1997, Lisa Farber Miller directs the Foundation’s Jewish Life program area. During her tenure, she has stewarded over $54 million in grants. She has also been instrumental in creating and directing many major initiatives including The Endowment Challenge, Rose Youth Foundation, BOOST (Building Organizational Operating Strength Together), Live On: Build Your Jewish Legacy, Roots & Branches Foundation, BUILDing Jewish ECE, and MazelTot.org.
Ms. Farber Miller’s expertise includes collaborative giving groups and giving circles, teen philanthropy, endowment building and bequest giving, Jewish early childhood engagement, Jewish philanthropy and innovation. She served as an advisor to many national Jewish projects, including the Jim Joseph Foundation Teen Advisory Committee, the National American Jewish Giving Study Connected to Give Research Advisory Committee, and Bikkurim Capacity Building Initiative Advisory Committee. She has been an evaluator for many years for Slingshot, A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation.
With an extensive background in strategic planning, marketing, resource development and management for nonprofit organizations, Ms. Farber Miller was a consultant to nonprofits prior to joining the Foundation. Her clients included Rose Medical Center and the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Denver, where she advised the Board of Directors on the $6 million renovation and transition of the JCC to a consumer-driven organization. In addition, Ms. Farber Miller served as director of enterprise at the Denver Children’s Museum, overseeing all earned income and marketing activities from 1979 through 1984.
Co-author of the book Nonprofit Piggy Goes to Market, Ms. Farber Miller is the editor and writer of the nationally distributed Apples & Honey newsletter series, which was funded by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. She wrote “Birthdays, Jewishly,” a chapter in Jewish Family and Life, Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today’s Parents and Children published by Golden Books, in addition to “Making Museum Education Programs Self-Supporting: The Case of the Denver Children’s Museum,” included in the book, Museum-School Partnerships. She has also authored numerous magazine articles.
Ms. Farber Miller graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College and is a graduate of the Museums Collaborative/Columbia University Graduate School of Business Management Course for Nonprofit Managers. Her community involvement has included serving as a board member of Colorado Public Radio, Jewish Funders Network, Anti-Defamation League, Big Sisters, and the Denver Cooperative Preschool. She and her husband David are parents of two sixth-generation Denverites and the grandparents of three, including two seventh-generation natives