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Amy E. Blackwell

Partner - Philanthropy and Impact

Acorn Capital Advisers

London, UK

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Amy Blackwell advises UHNW individuals on philanthropic and impact strategies at Acorn Capital Advisers. 

Her background is in financial services with a wealth of experience working with and for charitable organisations. Amy speaks regularly on millennials’ attitudes towards values, wealth, impact and successful multi-generational wealth transfer. She espouses a bespoke approach to creating values-driven strategies when working with families in designing or reviewing impact investments. Her strength lies in matching individuals and families to organisations and charities where there is strong synergy. Amy is a strong believer that a values based approach to impact strategies achieves the best outcomes.

Amy started her career at Merrill Lynch supporting HNW clients with their financial services needs and engaging with their legal and tax advisers. She has chaired various committees and boards for educational charities; overseen fundraising campaigns through events; managed volunteers for campaigns and advised on a variety of other charitable committees. Amy currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Right to Play UK and on the Advisory Board of the social enterprise, Open Briefing.

Amy also managed business development and strategy for the CAF American Donor Fund and was a member of their Management Committee. She was previously on the Board of Trustees (UK) for Ubuntu Pathways, a health and education charity. Amy regularly mentors country managers and development directors for charities to maximise their engagement with the HNW donor community.

Educated at Northwestern University, Amy graduated with Honours in History. She attended LSE and received a MSc in International Development Humanitarian Emergencies.

Amy Blackwell’s Background

Acorn Capital Advisers
Partner - Philanthropy and Impact
London, UK
Acorn Capital Advisers is an independent wealth management adviser whose clients are ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices.
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Founder and Philanthropy and Impact Adviser
Jan 2019 - Present
London, UK
Amy creates bespoke philanthropic, impact strategies and impact needs for families and foundations in order to achieve their desired social impact. She regularly hosts private small gatherings offering peer to peer conversations with their families and advisers on the topics of living a purposeful life and celebrating the gift of failure.
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Other Business Interests

School District 103
Various roles
2004 - 2008
Lincolnshire, IL, USA
Amy was Chairperson of The Learning Fund Grant Committee, President of the Parent Teacher Organisation and President of the Volunteer Council at School District 103.

Current Board Positions

Open Briefing
Advisory Board Member
Oct 2019 - Present
Penzance, UK
Open Briefing is a social enterprise supporting those on the frontlines of civil society by protecting them and their partners, both online and in the real world.
Right to Play UK
Member of the Board of Trustees
Jul 2019 - Present
London, UK
Right to Play UK is a charity that aims to protect, educate and empower children.

Previous Board Positions

Ubuntu Pathways
Member of Board of Trustees and Development Committee (UK)
2010 - 2018
London, UK
Ubuntu Pathways is a South African health and education charity.


The Fore
Member of Engaging Experience Network
Jan 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Fore assists small charities and social enterprises in accessing funding.
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Learning Fund Foundation
Donor Relations Co-ordinator and Solicitations
Jun 2004 - Jun 2009
Lincolnshire, IL, USA
The Learning Foundation is an independent not-for-profit fundraising organisation for School District 103.

Charitable Interests

The American School in London
Co-chairperson for Bi-annual Gala
2010 - 2011
London, UK
Amy co-chaired a committee of 50 people and managed over 100 volunteers to plan and execute a gala event and contributed to fundraising for the school.
Southbank International School Hampstead
Volunteer Reading Specialist
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
London, UK
Students at Southbank International School follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme.

Amy Blackwell’s Education

Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History
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London School of Economics & Political Science
Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

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