Elizabeth Palla

Liz Palla assists nonprofit organizations and grantmaking foundations with organizational assessment and strategic planning, and provides development program management, training, and a range of services to help strengthen and grow nonprofit fundraising programs.

Before joining American Philanthropic, Liz served as senior program officer at the William E. Simon Foundation in New York, where she helped review and make recommendations on funding proposals, evaluate organizational effectiveness, and maintain foundation operations. Prior to her time at the Simon Foundation, Liz worked at a nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent college newspapers on campuses around the country.

Liz graduated from Gonzaga University, where she studied foreign languages, literature, and philosophy. She lives in Montana with her philosopher husband and children.


succession planning
What donors can learn from succession planning in business

It’s hard to protect donor intent at a foundation after the death of the original donor, making perpetual foundations nearly doomed to mission drift.

rage giver
Rage givers: what they are and what to do

A new phenomenon of “rage giving” has emerged in recent years. You’ll want to be ready in case your nonprofit is next.


501(c)(4) reform
Reforming §501(c)(4) organizations

Using one guiding principle, here are two proposed reforms to improve the permissions, restrictions, and tax advantages around 501(c)4s.

Some narrowness in longtermism

The short of it: in his new book’s ambitious thinking about the “full scale of human history,” William MacAskill undervalues the past—by definition, but more than needed—and elides in practice what that thinking could perhaps offer those of a different ideological worldview.


foundations and grants
Fundraising when times are bad: foundations and grants

Worried about shrinking foundation endowments? That’s going to happen during a recession, but that doesn’t mean you should pull back.