Liz Harrison, M.A.
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Liz has 20 years experience in non-profit leadership, particularly in fundraising and PR/Marketing.

Current Position

Director of Philanthropy

Planned Parenthood of Montana





Specialty Areas
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit
Interested in:
  • Mentoring
  • Public Speaking
  • Serving on a Board

Writing grants, annual appeals, major donor work, fundraising on line, web sites for non-profits. Developing marketing plans and strategies, developing fundraising plans and strategies

More Information:

Leadership Experience

I was fortunate to grow up in New York City, and I started working for Random House Books right out of college. They ended up moving me to Los Angeles in the 90s to open up and head their first-ever West Coast publicity and marketing office, which I ran for 10 years. Along the way, I was promoted to Vice-President, the youngest person and first woman (outside their NY offices) ever distinguished thusly in their history. I created hundreds of media and marketing campaigns for such authors as Lauren Bacall, Ret. General Colin Powell, Dean Koontz, “Magic” Johnson, Martina Navratilova, Roseanne Barr and many distinguished, bestselling  novelists. I was interviewed frequently on publishing topics in such major West Coast papers as The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times and The Denver Post.

I moved to the non-profit sector in 2000, translating my public relations and marketing skills to fundraising. Since then, my work has produced close to $10,000,000 raised for non profits in Montana, California and Washington, including The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Montana Outdoor Science School, The Lewis and Clark Humane Society, Planned Parenthood of Montana, and The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). I have significant experience across all fundraising platforms; grants, appeals, on-line, and major donor work.

I have also been an active volunteer in Montana, working pro bono with The Montana Ballet Company (fundraising), Montana Shares (finance committee) and have served for three years on the Board of Directors for People & Carnivores (Secretary). A few years ago I was lucky to be trained by Carson Taylor and Pam Poon in the art of mediation, and have volunteered at our small claims court in Bozeman helping antagonists find mutually agreeable solutions to conflict. I’ve led fundraising workshops at The Montana Nonprofit Association, MSU/Queer and Allied Summit, and  Hopa Mountain. I was invited by The Bozeman Daily Chronicle to write a monthly column for their “Get Out! section, and was also a writer for Bozeman Magazine, covering alternative health and wellness.

I have also been a patient care volunteer at four hospices in three states since 2000. After seeing the real need for spiritual support in patients and families during the final months of life, I went to grad school and received a Masters In Spiritual Direction in 2016. I’m currently half-way through a two-year program for Ordination as an Interfaith Minister.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

I would love to help folks in the fundraising area; I love that work, and love crafting cases for support, appeals, major donor programs, etc. I’m available for problem-solving calls or a deeper engagement if that’s what you need.

Other Information

I life with my fiancée Barb in the foothills of the Bridger mountains, with our three dogs, four cats and a horse.