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Alexandria, Virginia

Emily Schell

Emily has worked with Changing Our World for more than a decade, overseeing a variety of projects. She has served in roles ranging from interim development director for Save Ellis Island to capital campaign staff for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund. As a key fundraiser on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Emily worked to raise $50 million in public and private funds to rebuild the museum and visitor center. She also served as a project manager for one of the largest global organizations working with people with blindness and disabilities, Christian Blind Mission. Her expertise in volunteerism helped her to assist the Points of Light Institute in implementing its campaign fundraising strategy. Emily worked with United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. In this capacity, she provided strategic guidance on their fundraising outreach and materials and assisted in the implementation of their major gift efforts. Most recently, she facilitated board trainings that provided an overview of the philanthropic landscape, reviewed best practices of fundraising and discussed key elements of fundraising success for Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Society for Interventional Radiology. She provides high level tactical guidance to Advocates for Children as they work to develop a strategic individual major donor program.

Prior to her work at Changing Our World, Emily managed a corporate philanthropy program for Time Warner and New York Cares. As a program manager, she trained and matched senior executives with nonprofit boards in the New York community. She also served as corporate relations manager for Greater DC Cares where she worked to build corporate partnerships and raise corporate funds for the organization within the Washington D.C. region. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Emily worked as a sales manager for an internet company, where she was responsible for advertising sales and account management.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and German from the University of Puget Sound. She serves on the board of Volunteer Alexandria and on the Missions Committee of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Brian, and their two children.

FORGING FORWARD 2021 Virtual Summit

Changing Our World’s Virtual Summit took place on April 14th to 16th.