Amy Silver O'Leary

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Director of Knowledge Sharing and Special Projects
Phone: (202) 962-0322 x114
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Amy Silver O'Leary

Amy was first introduced to the nonprofit world as a computer programmer in the 1980s, developing donor tracking software used at dozens of Nature Conservancy field offices. While training Conservancy field office staff to use the software, she accidentally learned about development, which eventually led her to writing grants, facilitating partnerships, consulting, and leading the development office for nonprofits of various sizes and missions. As both staff (Headwaters Foundation, Kid Pan Alley, Scrabble School Foundation, Frankford Friends School) and trustee (Friends of the Shenandoah River, Wellsprings UU, Friends Education Equity Collaborative), Amy learned about the challenges and joys of nonprofit leadership from many different points of view.
From 2009-2012, Amy was a half-time development consultant for the National Council of Nonprofits, where she was privileged to work alongside its smart and dedicated team to advance the work of nonprofits across the country. Leaving for three years to lead the development office for a small Quaker school in Philadelphia, Amy was honored to be invited to return to the National Council of Nonprofits as a full-time employee in the fall of 2016. She has been blown away by what the team and the larger network have accomplished in the meantime and is inspired by the opportunity to tell the story of the network’s collective impact to foundation, corporate, and philanthropic partners.
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