Amanda K. Nelson

Managing Director

About Amanda

With 20 years of professional fundraising experience, Amanda brings extensive expertise working with large, complex organizations and developing innovative and scalable fundraising solutions. She currently heads the planned giving efforts at Orr Group as well as manages multiple large-scale comprehensive campaigns in partnership with our nonprofit clients.

Amanda most recently served as the Associate Dean of External Affairs at The Columbia University School of Professional Studies. In this role, she oversaw alumni engagement, development, board relations, public relations, and communications. As a member of the Executive Committee, she advised the Dean and peer leaders on strategic outreach, business development, and management decisions. Previously, Amanda worked at The Wharton Business School, and started her career at Orr Group, where she launched her career and passion for the nonprofit sector.

Leadership Positions:
Selected Recent Partners:
  • ASCRS Foundation
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Carnegie Institute for Science
  • Co-Impact
  • DePaul University
  • East Side House Settlement
  • Illinois Tech
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Obama Foundation
  • Pro Mujer
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sightsavers
  • Universidad Metropolitana
  • Vital Voices
What makes me happy...

Travel, concerts, cooking, and spending time with my husband Joe and two children, James and Elle.

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I'm motivated by impact-oriented people and organizations - working in the nonprofit sector is an honor and a meaningful challenge.”