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 staff to use the software, she accidentally learned about development, which eventually led her to writing grants, facilitating partnerships, 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 experienced the joys and challenges of nonprofit leadership from many different points of view.

After serving the National Council of Nonprofits for five years as Director of Resource Development, Amy was appointed Director of Knowledge Sharing and Special Projects in October 2021. In her new role, Amy creates and curates trusted resources that strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and raise awareness about issues impacting sustainability and mission effectiveness. She is managing editor of the e‑newsletter Nonprofit Knowledge Monthly, which provides trusted, timely information to more than 36,000 subscribers. Amy also manages several survey, data, and reporting projects and maintains the Nonprofit Impact Matters website, which continues to attract thousands of pageviews a month more than two years after the report’s initial publication.

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