Donor Spotlight

Lisa Zuckerman

Lisa ZuckermanLisa Zuckerman servers as the senior vice president of treasury and strategic investing, she has been with Dignity Health for nine years. Learn why Lisa feels giving is part of her family tradition, and supporting the community is part of all of our role.

What area do you support and why? 

I support the Community Health International Program and the Community Health and Prevention Program, through regular payroll deductions. As a corporate office employee, I did not want to select a specific foundation, that’s like trying to choose which of your children you love more! Instead, I picked Global Mission and Community Health and Prevention as it does not know geographic borders.

What motivated you to start giving?

For as long as I’ve had an income, I have always donated to organizations that support access to healthcare and services to those in need, whether its Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, and local organizations like Larkin Street and the San Francisco Food Bank. I am proud of Dignity Health’s work to serve vulnerable populations, so of course I support our work through both my job and through philanthropy.

Why is it important to be engaged through philanthropy?

In general – because I believe that giving and helping others should be part of one’s life. As a Jewish person, it’s part of our tradition to give tsedakah and do mitzvoth, because we are part of a community and it is our role to support each other. Also for those who have the capacity, to give to others through philanthropy. Why Dignity Health in particular? Because I am proud of what we do, so I want to support our good work.

What’s your fondest memory of working at Dignity Health?

Two serious ones, and one funny one. First, when we unveiled the Hello Humankindness branding – this really resonated to me and I feel it has also helped rejuvenate people’s sense of purpose. Second, I was asked to give a reflection in staff meeting the week after Thanksgiving last year. I gave a reflection about gratitude – it was the week after my mom suffered a stroke and I shared my experience of finding gratitude in the fact that she survived and in the moments of family time we had in the hospital over that long weekend. I am glad I’m at an organization where that kind of reflection is welcomed and that I could share it with my co-workers. And, it wasn’t my intention, but people were – and still are – so supportive.

The funny fond memory is the retirement party we had for our outgoing Assistant Treasurer back in 2009 (Bill Baird) – he always came to work in khaki’s and a blue button down shirt. For his gathering, our whole team changed into khaki’s and a blue button down in a tribute and roast to Bill.We all had a good laugh, it was a nice team thing and I’m glad I’m on a team that can share a joke as well as hard work.

What’s one fun fact others might not know about you?

Sometimes I knit – yes its true! I’m better at starting things than I am at finishing them (I only make scarves and hats – I did some sweaters back in college, but I’m much less ambitious now). That usually surprises people. I first learned in college, Wednesday nights a few friends and I would get together and watch Dynasty and knit... so much for anyone’s idea of what Harvard was like. :)