Liz Reilly

Liz Reilly


+44 (0) 7480 253272

As an enthusiastic lifelong learner, I love trading book and article recommendations and discussing what the next “best practice” can and should be. I’m inspired by leaders who challenge themselves, admit mistakes, experiment (as well as commit), and act courageously, driven by core values. It’s a privilege to work with and learn from a wide range of clients, fellow consultants, and donors. I enjoy asking probing questions and collaboratively creating pragmatic, aspirational ways forward. I’m a details and data person and also a big-picture person: I enjoy connecting the dots between fundraising programmes, different departments, and other organisations to deliver the greatest collective impact. 

I believe impactful work and strong relationships are built on assuming the best of each other, being reliable, and addressing issues that do come up compassionately and directly. We can achieve so much together for society with this simple foundation guiding our approach.

Some I've worked with recently

  • St Edmund's College, Cambridge  
  • Cornerstone Community Care 
  • University of Cumbria
  • Kingston University
  • Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • University of York
  • Wageningen University
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • University of Liverpool 


  • Feasibility studies and campaigns
  • Integrated fundraising (annual fund to major and principal gifts)
  • International fundraising
  • Development audits
  • Collaborative fundraising
  • Peer-to-peer fundraising (particularly with volunteer leaders like Trustees)
  • Donor recognition and stewardship
  • Team development and management 

Before More

  • Director of Philanthropy & Donor Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Director of Development, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (Seattle, Washington): led the fundraising team for one of the largest affiliates of Planned Parenthood, an international healthcare, education, and advocacy organisation
  • Major Gifts & Capital Campaign Director, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (Portland, Oregon)
  • Fundraising Consultant, Collins Group (now Campbell & Company; Portland, Oregon)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer (Malawi)
  • B.A. in Anthropology & English (minor in French), Vassar College (New York) 

Outside More

  • Taking long walks with my partner and our dog in the Scottish Borders, where we live
  • Reading and debating about a wide range of books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Visiting family back in New York
  • Learning how to grow plants outside — after many years as a devoted nurturer of way too many houseplants
  • Volunteering for CASE, for which I received a Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence
  • Serving as a Volunteer Philanthropic Advisor to the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation
  • Serving as a member of the Scottish Advisory Board for UNICEF UK