Amy Kingman

Principal, Amy Kingman Consulting

Amy Kingman has over 15 years of experience in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector, specifically in grant-making, fundraising, marketing, nonprofit management, and strategic planning. Prior to launching her own consulting firm, she spent four years as the chief executive for two private family foundations launched by Doris Buffett: The Learning by Giving Foundation and Letters Foundation. In 2018, she was honored as one of Boston’s “40 under 40” for expanding Doris’ philanthropy. 

While at Learning by Giving, Amy oversaw a coalition of 40 colleges and universities teaching accredited courses on experiential philanthropy and effective volunteerism to 1,000 students and young adults annually. She envisioned and launched a new open-source online philanthropy education platform & app called LearnGive and the corresponding LearnGive Media, a video & podcast series with prominent philanthropists. Under her leadership, Learning by Giving collaborated with the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Northeastern University’s Social Impact Lab for an inaugural take-over of Fenway Park where we trained 200 volunteers on effective giving and volunteerism and directed over $100,000 to local nonprofits in one day. 

Simultaneously, she led the Letters Foundation, a direct philanthropy program started by Warren and Doris Buffett to help families who have experienced a financial crisis get back on their feet. At the Letters Foundation, she oversaw over $10M in grants given directly to individuals and families. The Letters Foundation team created the first-ever Community Partners Program that engaged community-based organizations in grant-making and collaborated with the City of Boston to the launch of the first-in-the-US private funding resource for homeless residents in need of qualified sober living. Under Amy’s leadership, the Letters Foundation published Letters to Doris, a book exploring the impact of philanthropy that goes directly to individuals and families. In 2020, she successfully led the Letters Foundation through a planned sunset.

Prior to Amy’s work in philanthropy, she held a number of fundraising positions in small development shops including Breakthrough Greater Boston, Strong Women, Strong Girls, and Mass Mentoring Partnership. She is an expert in individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising. 

Amy holds a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude and a Bachelors of Social Work from Skidmore College. She currently serves on the board of trustees at Wellspring House, the Leadership Council for the Essex County Community Foundation, and on the Advisory Council for Media Girls.

Amy was raised in rural Maine and now lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her husband Andy, young daughter Gracie, and the true boss: their spunky dog Scout.

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Five Lessons Learned from Running a Foundation That Gives Directly to Families

Posted on August 27, 2020 by Amy Kingman

In 2016, I was asked to join a philanthropic project that was close to the heart of philanthropist Warren Buffett and his beloved older sister, Doris Buffett. The “letters program” first started many years ago. After going public with his giving pledge, Warren (like many well-known philanthropists) was flooded with requests not just from nonprofits, but also from individuals and… Read More

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