Amy Faulkner is known for her incredible work fostering community and sparking engagement among neighborhood people, businesses and charitable causes. Additionally, she has been the primary behind-the-scenes instigator in a wave of change that has redefined volunteerism for literally thousands of Seattle people. She has done much of this as the founder and Executive Director of a Seattle nonprofit, The World Is Fun (TWIF).
TWIF is a charitable social club anchored in the belief that giving back can be rewarding and wildly enjoyable. Under Amy’s leadership, TWIF continually brings people and business owners to the realization that, contrary to common thought, giving to the community and having fun are not mutually exclusive. An accomplished event planner and branding specialist by profession, Amy has forwarded much of the TWIF mission through the events she leads in design and execution, bringing to life Know-Your-Neighborhood scavenger hunts, Bubble Futbol tournaments, and bingo nights with physical challenges and song elements. One of Amy’s charms is her inclusion of charitable or community building elements in creative ways, often successful in attracting new attendees who may simply be drawn to fun. Activities often have a playful quality or theme. Businesses may donate food, drink, the use of their kitchen or event space. People have fun and leave with new friends; more importantly, however, they leave pleasantly surprised by how many meals were made, clothes sorted or dollars raised (along with bowling strikes thrown).
In less than seven years, under Amy’s continuous leadership, the list of past events is impressive and wide-ranging. The TWIF volunteer base Amy has built is 4,500+ strong, with a TWIF core staff of 90+ people, all 100% volunteer, including Amy. Perhaps most impressive is the amount given back to the Seattle community, which totals over $1.4 million in volunteer service.
Amy is a mission evangelist, creative mastermind and organizational backbone. Her ability to think creatively and find solutions to motivate others in unparalleled.
- 2016 Jefferson Award Winner - Created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. The public foundation established the Jefferson Awards, a Nobel Prize for community and public service.
- 2013 Wendy Walters Triutt Award - The Wendy Walters Truitt Champions for Foster Kids Award is given to an exemplary Treehouse volunteer who has exceeded all reasonable expectations. A long time Treehouse volunteer, Wendy Truitt had long-lasting impact at Treehouse which is why we’ve named this award in her honor.