Director of Philanthropy, Tanager Place
Lorrie M. Erusha, MOL, CFRE, has a philanthropic passion that dates to childhood. Her parents can attest to a multitude of fundraising ventures -- lemonade stands, school projects to battle poverty and, of course, Girl Scout cookies. Playgrounds, libraries, facilities and all manner of betterment programs benefited from her work. It surprised no one that fundraising became Lorrie's life work or that she earned the title of Director of Philanthropy at Tanager Place.
Lorrie brings the full weight of her professional and volunteer experience to bear in a longstanding fight for the common good. She meets people where they are, identifying and cultivating their own passion for giving. This, in turn, refreshes and fuels her own fire, and keeps the day-to-day work creative, fun and, at times, surprising.
Servant leadership and heard-earned life lessons have crafted who Lorrie is. She's made peace with the cognitive dissonance of fundraising being part science and part art. Planning is ripe for creativity and each major or planned gift is crafted while scribbling outside of the lines in some way.
Lorrie is a graduate of the University of Arizona who earned her masters degree in organizational leadership at St. Ambrose University. She has held several community leadership roles, served on boards of directors, and was most recently president of her AFP Chapter.