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Amy E. Blackwell

Partner - Philanthropy and Impact

Acorn Capital Advisers

London, UK

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Amy Blackwell’s Biography

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. In addition, Amy sits on the Strategic Steering Board for the SESA Ecosystem and is a Member of the Civic Ecosystems Initiative.

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.

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SESA Community
Checklist for Impact Sustainability

In this article for SESA Ecosystem, Amy Blackwell discusses the checklist for impact and sustainability. She explores the strategic principles and the question, 'What do business practices, patience and listening skills have to do with sustainable impact?'.

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

SESA Ecosystem
Strategic Steering Board Member
Feb 2021 - Present
London, UK
SESA Ecosystem is a Profit for Purpose Social Enterprise operating internationally. They deliver specific social impact with their partners and communities by applying a social capital model. It innovates in driving capability building by location, measuring the impact against SDG 3. Stakeholder driven, it builds social-emotional capabilities to tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health.
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Civic Ecosystems Initiative
Feb 2021 - Present
London, UK
The Civic Ecosystems Initiative connects all those interested in civic ecosystems, including researchers, practitioners and activists. It acts as a driving force to initiate productive collaborations and conversations, using research, resourcing strategies, engagement, and ecosystem mapping and analysis.
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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.


The SESA Ecosystem Podcast
Apr 2021
London, UK
Amy Blackwell joins Jon Kinnell on The SESA Ecosystem Podcast to discuss 'The Future of Philanthropy and Impact'. In terms of social investing, they explore the rapidly evolving world of social finance and impact strategies.

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
London School of Economics & Political Science
Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

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