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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...
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 Advisory Board of the social enterprise Open Briefing and is a Member of the Civic Ecosystems Initiative. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of children's charity Right to Play UK.

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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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.
Amy E Blackwell
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

Royal Shakespeare Company
Member of the Development Board
Jul 2021 - Present
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Founded in 1961, the Royal Shakespeare Company is a renowned British theatre company. Every year, the company produces approximately 20 performances that tour across the UK and internationally.
Civic Ecosystems Initiative
Member
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

Right to Play UK
Member of the Board of Trustees
Jul 2019 - Mar 2022
London, UK
Right to Play UK is a charity that aims to protect, educate and empower children.
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.

Philanthropy

The Fore
Member of Engaging Experience Network
Jan 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Fore assists small charities and social enterprises in accessing funding.
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.

Media

Taking the Right Risks - the Art and Science of Impact Across the Spectrum
Panel Discussion
Nov 2021
London, UK
The PCD Club and Acorn Capital Advisers collaborated to conduct a panel discussion on the risks and challenges of executing an impact strategy.

Interviews

Sustainable Finance
Interviewed
Apr 2022
London, UK
In a conversation with Citywealth about sustainable finance, Amy Blackwell discusses the various options available to families who want to make a difference.
Amy Blackwell’s Hot Seat Interview
Interviewed
Aug 2021
London, UK
Amy joins David Bell on The Hot Seat to discuss Philanthropy and Impact.

Publications

The Power of Shared Purpose: It’s Good for You
Author
Oct 2021
London, UK
In this publication, Amy discusses the power of shared purpose. She explores several topics including how shared purpose works among families, their businesses and wealth, integrating it into family businesses and family offices, aligning purpose within wealth strategies, and the impact of shared purpose.
Sustainable impact - What do business practices, patience and listening skills have to do with it?
Author
May 2021
London, UK
Amy discusses sustainable impact in a piece for Acorn Capital Advisers, examining how practices, patience, and listening skills are important.

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 and Political Science
Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies

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