Amy Jackson, CFRE
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Amy has nearly 20 years of development and resource management experience.  She currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for Caritas of Austin—an Austin-based organization for 55 years, whose mission is to end homelessness in the greater Austin area.  Each year, Caritas serves thousands of families who do not have a stable place to call home.  Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, clients are able to go from “surviving to thriving,” empowering them toward the life they want to live.   

Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Amy served as the Director of Special Gifts and Director of Development for Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties for over 10 years.  There she oversaw all things fundraising and communications, as well as successfully led the major gifts program, “The Kitchen” capital campaign and launched their planned giving program.  She has also consulted for smaller nonprofits in resource development and contracted with the Texas Public Policy Foundation working on their annual Policy Orientation and capital project.     

Amy is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and holds a Masters in Public Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) receiving her accreditation in June 2008.   

Amy has been a member of AFP since 2003, having served on the Fort Worth Metro Chapter Board and now the Austin Chapter Board as the Director of Legislative Affairs.   She was the AFP-GAC 2016 Philanthropy Day Chair.  She is an annual guest lecturer for the “Fundamentals of Fundraising” course sponsored by AFP-DFW and Austin chapters.  She is also an active member of Rotary International with the Austin Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow.  In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh and two daughters, Caroline (13) and Emilie (8).  Their activities keep her busy whether it is Girl Scouts or being a full-blown “dance mom.” 

“When I first moved to Austin, I had three places I knew I must connect—my faith community, Rotary and my AFP family.  I feel completely blessed by these relationships and being part of an incredible group of professionals and change agents.   It is my honor to serve this Chapter and its membership.”  

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