Our Team

Lizz Helmsen, Managing Director

Connect and Follow


Lizz Helmsen combines a background in the arts, education, communications, and community service with 17 years of fundraising experience. She has directed comprehensive fundraising programs and provides expertise in the areas of campaign counsel, major gifts, development planning, annual giving, and grant making. She is known as a creative and energetic professional with a proven ability to build relationships with, and create connections among, multiple constituencies.

Focus at Carter

Lizz works closely with partners, providing campaign counsel and management as well as development planning to grow and strengthen their overall fundraising performance.

What I enjoy most when working with a partner

Philanthropy is a deeply democratic exercise, and the passion that people bring to a cause they have chosen is inspiring. I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world and see the incredible impact that each person and each organization can make. It is particularly rewarding to bring seemingly disparate groups together to form creative partnerships. And it is a joy to celebrate with an organization that has reached a goal that may once have seemed impossible.

Detailed Bio

Our Team

Our leadership team is made up of respected philanthropic experts and skilled business executives.