Lillian knows how to energize individuals to make a positive impact in the lives of others, having launched her own transformative, global nonprofit, Vision For and From Children (VFAFC) when she was only nine years old. As a Board Member for GCF, she will help shape our Future Fundraisers of America program into a national force for good.
Born with a cataract, Lillian underwent several surgeries to promote as much vision as possible given her congenital condition. Her early childhood experiences compelled her to create VFAFC, providing children in need of and deprived of access to ocular care with the treatments they so desperately deserve. She has enabled 54,626 children to receive the gift of sight and generated services valued at $54,300,000—efforts for which she has received honors and awards including a Jefferson Award for National and Global Service by a Young American.
Lillian commenced a nationwide mobile clinic program—delivering pro bono ophthalmic screenings and gratis eyewear into underserved communities throughout the U.S.—as well as medical missions to developing regions around the world. Via speaking engagements at local and international conferences—including the United Nations—she inspires and educates on the import of public service and giving.
Lillian graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University and is pursuing a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Aside from VFAFC, her collaborative nature has yielded other humanitarian-focused enterprises. Joint ventures with corporations, leaders in athletics, art, and entertainment, and government officials coupled with her formal research on giving has established Lillian as a respected leader in the social impact arena.