Amy E. Blackwell
Amy approaches strategic social impact with a varied background. The approach she employs for her clients is bespoke and draws from her wealth of experience. She was a Series 7 registered broker with Merrill Lynch in private banking with a focus on collaboration with legal and tax advisers. She has been engaging with impact strategies since the early 90’s. She has managed hundreds of volunteers, advised on grant committees and political action committees, raised funds through extensive event planning and capital campaigns, chaired multiple boards for education charities and has been a trustee for Ubuntu Pathways, a South African health and education charity. She holds a position on the Advisory Board for the social enterprise Open Briefing which offers physical and mental health security training for organisations and individuals in the civil society sector and in conflict areas. She also manages the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) American Donor Fund international business development and strategy and sits on the management committee.
She has been a mentor for professional development, advising major gifts senior managers. She is highly skilled at training and works with tax advisers, estate planners and wealth managers to see how to incorporate philanthropic and impact planning into their clients’ holistic wealth and estate strategy. As an American expat in London, she has specialist knowledge regarding philanthropy as a dual taxpayer. With experience from multiple perspectives, her approach is based on what good giving and investment looks and feels like from all sides. She believes that a values-based strategy for achieving impact is the most effective and satisfying approach.
Amy's passion is identifying connections and synergies so that philanthropists and impact investors can find satisfying partners for positive social change. Amy was educated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois USA and achieved Honours in History. She earned her Masters degree in International Development-Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017.