Amy Nisenson

Executive Director
Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops, Management Academy

Amy’s consulting expertise includes strategic planning, board development/governance work, board and staff meeting facilitation, organizational development, and resource development. Her over 30 years as a senior philanthropy professional includes work on both sides of philanthropy- as a nonprofit executive and development professional and as a corporate and foundation grantmaker. Amy brings her unique experiences in both asking and giving along with strategic thinking, sensible fiscal management, effective communication and facilitation to her consulting work. Amy is also a Certified Governance Trainer with Board Source and is trained in nonprofit Board education.

Along with her work as a consultant, Amy serves as the Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, which is a private-independent foundation that grants more than $5 million annually to nonprofits in the Commonwealth of Virginia for capital projects. Amy also teaches classes in nonprofit management including grant writing, navigating support from corporations and foundations, and board development at many universities and programs throughout the State. Prior to her current work, Amy served as Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Wachovia Corporation from 2005-2008, covering the three-state Mid-Atlantic Region of Virginia—Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.

Amy’s consulting practice is rooted in a strong passion for the nonprofit community. All work is geared to helping a nonprofit build its organizational capacity working within a team approach of strong partnerships between board and staff. Amy combines her professional and personal experiences with best practices to help nonprofits make informed decisions and build internal processes to become stronger, more stable organizations.

Amy received a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is an avid reader and along with her husband of 32 years, likes to cook and entertain friends and family.

Client Testimonials:
“Amy serves as a reliable and consistent sounding board, subject area expert and auxiliary staff member when we needed it. Her passion for RTR has opened many doors and introduces us to potential stakeholders, donors, and resources.”
Amy King, Former Executive Director Rebuilding Together Richmond

“Amy is skilled at presenting information that is adaptable to nonprofits ranging from small to large. She always leaves participants with practical advice to take back to their organization and put to work immediately. She has tackled topics that are often perceived as intimidating and presents them in an easy-to-understand way”
Karen Dutro, Founder and Executive Director Network Peninsula

Clients include:
Strategic Planning

  • Homeward
  • Rebuilding Together Richmond (RTR)
  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
  • Heart Havens
  • Benedictine College Preparatory High School

Board Development and Governance

  • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Project Homes (formerly ElderHomes)
  • Crossover Ministry
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
  • Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation

Board and Staff Meeting Facilitation

  • The Read Center
  • Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
  • Hanover Habitat for Humanity
  • Henrico CASA
  • Sportable

Organizational and Resource Development

  • Tricycle Gardens
  • The Virginia Holocaust Museum
  • Good Samaritan Ministries
  • Senior Connections
  • Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Teaching in Nonprofit Management Programs

  • University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, Richmond, VA
  • Nonprofit Learning Point and Organizational Solutions, Richmond, VA
  • Tidewater Community College Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Suffolk, VA
  • Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Charlottesville, VA
  • Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Lynchburg, VA

Workshops and Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Richmond, VA
  • CASE District III 2014 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Nonprofit Leadership Conference 2014, Norfolk, VA
  • Centre on Philanthropy Annual 2013 Conference, Bermuda
  • Virginia Banker’s Association 2013 Marketing Conference, Charlottesville, VA
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