Strengthening Our Nonprofit Community

Lizzy Mottern, Senior Associate and Director of m+r interim solutions


Lizzy Mottern has worked in fundraising since 1998.  Her experience includes extensive work with membership and annual giving programs, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors, coordinating all aspects of special events, and working with board members and volunteer committees.

Before joining moss+ross in 2012, Lizzy had worked at Duke University Libraries as assistant director of development.  At the Libraries, she built the annual fund, and developed electronic solicitations and publications for donors.  She worked closely with the Friends of the Libraries Executive Committee, and formalized gift planning and corporate philanthropy programs.

Before moving to the Triangle, she worked at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington.  Lizzy built the development program as director of donor relations. Her work with the board of directors resulted in the highest level of giving for this group and dramatically increased participation in fundraising activities by board members.

Her experience in educational fundraising began at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, where she served as the associate director of development.  In this capacity, she lead the college annual fund, and identified and built relationships with new major gift donors as part of a $10 million college capital campaign.

Before gaining experience in educational fundraising, Lizzy worked at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont and Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC.  In Belmont, she led an intensive membership campaign that increased garden memberships from 2,500 to 5,000 in 10 months.  As assistant vice president for development at Brookgreen, she led solicitation and stewardship efforts for major gift donors, planned and oversaw private donor and major Trustee events and increased annual giving to the highest level ever.

Lizzy graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science in horticulture and earned a master of science in public horticulture administration and a certificate in museum studies from the University of Delaware as a Longwood Fellow.  Her graduate research focused on factors that contribute to an organization’s success raising operating revenue.  She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Bobby, and young daughter, Bea.

As a moss+ross associate, she leads the new interim solutions division and has served as an interim staff member at East Durham Children’s Initiative, Public School Forum of North Carolina and North Carolina Opera, helped Durham Technical Community College Foundation enhance annual giving, worked on strategic plans for Telamon, East Durham Children’s Initiative and Camp Corral, provided campaign support for Durham Nativity School, worked with Trinity Academy on a campaign feasibility study, participated in executive searches for Boys and Girls Clubs serving Wake County, Dress for Success and Communities in Schools North Carolina and was part of the assessment team for UNC  School of Social Work and Meals on Wheels Wake County.

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