About Sound Nonprofits


Sound Nonprofits is a woman-owned and operated business
boasting 40+ years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Owner Liz
Heath is a consultant that provides guidance for nonprofit organizations
seeking improvement in their ability to lead and manage. 

Primary services include: interim executive leadership, organizational assessment,
long-term/strategic planning, executive search, governance assessment and
training, retreat facilitation and event management. Have served as Interim
Executive Director for multiple nonprofits conducted searches for
small/mid-size organizations.

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Meet Liz Heath

Liz Heath has been active in the nonprofit sector for 40+ years. Her work is grounded in the knowledge that any community is healthier and stronger when its nonprofit organizations are well led and well managed.

Liz was the Founder and Executive Director of The Nonprofit Center for twelve years where she also served as its Principal Consultant. She is an experienced consultant, interim executive director, retreat facilitator, trainer, and speaker with a special emphasis on nonprofit governance. She has served as adjunct faculty member in nonprofit management at the University of Oregon and as an instructor at the University of Washington Tacoma in the Fund Raising Certificate Program. She is a frequent presenter at local, statewide, and regional conferences.

Heath is a certified facilitator for the Core Capacities Assessment Tool and
an active member of the Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity Affinity
Group sponsored by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

For eight years Heath wrote a regular column on nonprofit issues for The
News Tribune (Tacoma, WA). In 2008 she was Host and Producer of “Reaching Out,” a community television program featuring area nonprofit organizations. She is author of “Nonprofit Governance – a look at nonprofit boards in the South Puget
Sound region,” published in the Spring 2003 edition of the Crossroads Journal,
University of Washington Tacoma. Heath was a founding member of Washington
Nonprofits (the state association), the University of Washington Tacoma
Citizens’ Advisory Committee and City Club of Tacoma.

She currently is a member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, the
Pierce County Human Services Coalition (Executive Committee member), and
Washington Nonprofits. She chairs the board of the Nonprofit Leaders Conference
and is past President of the Tacoma Estate Planning Council. She was a
gubernatorial appointee to the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for
Elected Officials where she served for four years. She holds a BA in English
Literature from Lawrence University of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Select Current and Past Clients

  • Assistance to Immigrants in Detention NW
  • Cancer Survivorship NW
  • Cornerstone 253
  • ForeverGreen
  • Governor’s Mansion Foundation
  • Pacific Ballroom Dance
  • Scleroderma Foundation
  • Shelter Bay Homeowners’ Association
  • Sumner Community Food Bank
  • 501 Commons
  • Buckley Youth Activities
  • Fife Historical Society
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival
  • Kareem Kandi World Orchestra
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival
  • Second City Chamber Series
  • St. Vincent DePaul, Tacoma-Pierce County
  • White Center Food Bank

Select Presentations

  • NonProfit Insurance Program Annual Conference
  • Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and SW Washington
  • Nonprofit Network Annual Conference
  • North Central Washington Nonprofit Summit
  • Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, Nonprofit Governance Training
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • Scleroderma Foundation National Conference
  • Washington State Main Street Program

Client Testimonials

“We are in a much better place than we were when you arrived. Thank you for your blood, sweat & tears!”
Executive DirectorNonprofit
“The information was fantastic! The presenter was knowledgeable. She was a clear communicator”.
ParticipantSecretary of State Training
“CIS of Puyallup greatly appreciated Liz Heath’s professional services. She kept our search committee on track, on time and in line throughout the process. With her assistance we were able to identify top candidates and make a successful selection.”
CIS of Puyallup
“Because of Liz’s extensive nonprofit background in the nonprofit sector she is ideally suited to serve as an Interim Executive Director. There is hardly a situation she hasn’t encountered and resolved. Most of all, her leadership experience enables her to guide an organization successfully through executive transition.”
Frank HagelHagel Search
“We consistently benefit from Liz Heath’s many years of nonprofit experience. When we have questions, she has answers. The depth and breadth of her knowledge is quite amazing, and it really is a gift to be able to turn to her with our questions.”
Consulting Client
“This [nonprofit governance training] helped me see the improvement we can make to ensure the board is strategically focused. The entire event was valuable.”
ParticipantNonprofit Governance Training
“Liz has been working with our board and staff for a couple of years to build a stronger board, clarify roles, establish best practices, and lead us through processes to create a better organization to more effectively serve our participants. Liz has helped our organization grow up and as a result we have a more positive impact on the communities we serve.”
Executive DirectorBoard Development Project