Trainers

Amy Nisenson

Executive Director
Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
CNE Programs: Workshops

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 grant maker. 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 $5-7 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 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

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT
• Practice proactive grant making
• Establish complete grant acceptance and review processes
• Provide interim and part-time executive support
• Develop policies and procedures
• Conduct due diligence on behalf of nonprofit organizations
• Establish strategic partnerships with grantees

NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE, STRATEGIC PLANNING/MANAGEMENT AND SUCCESSION PLANNING
• Strategic planning
• Succession Planning for both CEO and Board leadership
• CEO evaluation
• Executive Searches
• Board Development and Board Governance-Certified Trainer through Board Source
• Facilitate meetings, trainings, and team activities
• Organizational capacity assessments (review of internal capabilities of organization)

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
• Leadership development including mentoring and coaching development staff/executive staff
• Fundraising assessments, development audits, fund development plans and planning studies
• Strategic thinking and implementation plans involving individual and corporate solicitation
strategies

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
• Develop community engagement strategies and programs that support strategic philanthropy
• Establish leadership and structure for employee volunteer programs
• Provide best practice information on matching gift and “dollars for doers” programs

TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
• Sustainability, strategic planning, fund development and marketing plans
• Grant writing and research
• Board roles and responsibilities
• Building the board for fundraising
• Navigating support from corporations and foundations
• Succession Planning
• Building a diverse revenue portfolio
• Marketing for Fundraising
• Strategic Thinking for Non-Executives

CERTIFICATIONS
• Certified Governance Trainer, Board Source
• Corporate Coach U, MSBCoach, LLC
• Certificate Corporate Community Involvement, Boston College Center for Corporate
Citizenship/Community Involvement

CLIENT LIST
2009-PRESENT
FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
* relates to grant management and due diligence
• The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation*
• SunTrust Mid-Atlantic Foundation
• Wachovia Foundation – (Wells Fargo Foundation) *
• Davenport and Company, LLC
• Inner Will (Luck Companies’ Values Based Leadership Program)
• Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE, STRATEGIC PLANNING/MANAGEMENT, COACHING AND RESOURCE
DEVELOPMENT
** denotes strategic planning work
• Agriculture in the Classroom
• Appomattox Regional Library System**
• Area Congregations Together in Service (ACTS)**
• ARC of Virginia
• Ashland Open Door **
• Benedictine College Preparatory High School**
• Boaz and Ruth
• Chesterfield Alternative Homes
• Children’s Museum of Richmond/Commonwealth Parenting
• CJ’s Thumb’s Up Foundation
• Coal Pit Learning Center
• Community Tax Law Project
• Connor’s Heroes
• Crossover Ministry
• Dancing Classrooms**
• Darden Women’s Leadership Program—served as coach through MSB Coach
• Doorways (Formerly Hospital Hospitality House)
• Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond**
• EarthCraft Virginia
• Fall for the Book Festival
• Friends Association
• Friends of Lower Appomattox River
• Good Samaritan Ministries**
• Goodwill Industries Serving Central Virginia and Hampton Roads
• Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services
• GraceInside
• Hanover Habitat for Humanity**
• Hanover Safe Place **
• Heart Havens**
• Henrico CASA
• Home Again
• Homeward**
• Hopewell Housing and Redevelopment Authority**
• Hopewell Department of Social Services
• James River Council for Arts and Humanities (Lynchburg)
• Junior Achievement of Central VA
• Junior League of Hampton Roads
• Legal Aid Justice Center (Charlottesville)
• CancerLINC**
• Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Virginia
• Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School**
• McIntire Botanical Garden (Charlottesville)
• Montpelier
• NAMI-VA
• Positive Vibe Café
• Project Discovery**
• Project: Homes (Formerly ElderHomes)
• Rebuilding Together of Richmond**
• Richmond Association of Realtors
• Richmond Jewish Federation
• Richmond Public Library Foundation
• Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
• Richmond Volleyball Club
• The Read Center**
• Rx Partnership**
• Safe Harbor
• The Salvation Army-Richmond Command
• Senior Connections
• Senior Center of Greater Richmond **
• Sportable
• Soundscapes**
• Southside Community Development Housing Corporation**
• St. John’s Church Foundation**
• Susan G. Komen
• Tricycle Gardens
• Virginia Association of Free Clinics
o REDI Initiative
▪ Free Clinic of Powhatan
▪ Western Tidewater Free and Charitable Clinic
▪ Fredericksburg Counseling Services
▪ Christian Free Clinic of Botetourt
▪ AccessNow**
▪ Lackey Free Clinic**
• Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation**
• Virginia Capital Trail Foundation**
• Virginia Forestry Association
• Virginia Free
• Virginia Holocaust Museum
• Virginia Mentoring Partnership
• Virginia Supportive Housing
• Virginia Oral Health Coalition
• Westminster Canterbury Foundation**

CEO EVALUATION, CEO AND BOARD SUCCESSION PLANNING, EXECUTIVE SEARCH
• Project Homes
• Southside Community Development Housing Corporation
• The Read Center
• Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
• Leadership Metro Richmond
• YWCA of Greater Richmond

TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
Serve as adjunct faculty to provide workshops and trainings in nonprofit management programs
• University of Richmond, Institute on Philanthropy
• The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond & Central Virginia (Nonprofit Learning Point)
• Tidewater Community College, Academy for Nonprofit Excellence
• The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond & Central Virginia/Organizational Solutions
• Charlottesville Center for Nonprofit Excellence
• Network Peninsula
• Central Virginia Academy of Nonprofit Excellence—Lynchburg
• Rappahannock United Way
• Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

PRESENTATIONS—CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND WEBINARS
• VHDA Grantee Training, Keynote speaker 2017
• Virginia Governor’s Statewide Conference on Volunteerism 2017
• Clear Law Institute-Webinar on Board Governance 2017
• Virginia Association of Free Clinics, Annual Conference 2016
• Virginia Association of Free Clinics Board Member Workshop 2016
• Greater Richmond Area Volunteer Association, March 2016
• CASE District III 2016 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
• Greater Richmond Area Volunteer Association, 2016
• Virginia Community Action Partnership 2016 Annual Legislative Conference
• Virginia Volunteerism Conference, 2015
• Virginia Association of Free Clinics, Executive Director Conference 2014
• CASE District III 2014 Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida
• Volunteer Hampton Roads Nonprofit Leadership Conference 2014
• Centre on Philanthropy Annual 2013 Conference, Bermuda
• Virginia Banker’s Association, 2013 Marketing Conference
• Association of Fundraising Professionals-Central Virginia Chapter and Hampton Roads Chapter
• Virginia Community College Education Foundation, 2012 Annual Conference
• Workshop for CASE, Hampton University, 2012

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