“Donors give because they want to make the world a better place. Our job is to create opportunities for philanthropists and nonprofits to connect and collaborate. For me, that work is sacred and fulfilling, and I love working with people who share a passion for tikkun olam (repairing the world).”

President & CEO

Amy Schiffman

Chicago, IL

For more than 25 years, Amy has partnered with nonprofit organizations to develop effective fundraising campaigns, build strong leadership teams and empower them with tools to visualize and achieve mission impact. Since co-founding Giving Tree Associates in 2008 and launching Evolve Giving Group in 2020, she has helped over 300 schools, camps, synagogues, community and human service organizations raise hundreds of millions of dollars, create growth strategies and recruit exceptional executives. Amy serves as a trusted fundraising coach and advisor to professional and volunteer leaders across North America.  

Amy has a robust background in fundraising and nonprofit management, holding leadership positions at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Jewish Council for Youth Services, Hillel and United Jewish Communities. She is a sought-after presenter at local and national conferences, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Forefront, Jewish Federations of North America, Legacy Heritage Fund, Hillel International, JCC Association of North America, JCamp 180, Prizmah, and Life & Legacy. Amy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), The Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN), Professionals in Development North, and Chicago Women in Philanthropy. She serves on summer faculty for the HUC/USC Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles and the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

Team(s)

Fundraising, Training, Talent, Operations

Recent clients

  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Michael Ann Russell JCC
  • Shalom Hartman Institute
  • Hillel Day School Detroit
  • Birthright Israel
  • National Runaway Safeline

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work

Certificate in Jewish communal service, Gratz College

Interests

Amy enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, cooking and jewelry making.