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 18,000+ strong, with a TWIF core staff of 90+ people. Perhaps most impressive is the amount given back to the Seattle community, which totals over $1.8 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 is unparalleled.
SPEAKING PROGRAM IDEAS
THE UNIQUE HISTORY OF VOLUNTEERING
Learn how Benjamin Franklin helped us create community, how Lyndon B. Johnson destroyed our bowling leagues, and how technology connects and disconnects us from communities. This program illustrate that giving back does not need to be a chore. Volunteering should be a fun and social opportunity that allows you to better understand the challenges our community is facing.
YOUR BRAND IS YOUR MISSION
As a nonprofit organization, you have a unique branding position tied to your mission. It is time to discover how to best leverage your mission to build a strong brand and tie your constituents to your cause.
10 WAYS TO LOSE VOLUNTEERS
It takes a lot of work to recruit volunteers and only one-second to lose their trust, interest, and loyalty to your mission. Let's dive deep into the actions and reasons that cause volunteers to leave our organizations and find ways to turn them into lifelong volunteers.
IF WE WANT CHANGE, WE NEED TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY
The nonprofit sector exists to fill in the gaps where government leaves off, yet, due to lack of funding and technology, we often find ourselves stuck operating in historic paths. If we want to make change, we need to recycle the boxes we're thinking in and start doing things differently.
VOLUNTEER DRIVEN EVENTS
Engaging a volunteer community to support your event is much different than working with a paid event staff. While challenges exist, engaged volunteer teams at your events can exemplify your cause an impact in your community.
Discover ways to inspire volunteerism within your organization. This session will dive deep into how to create volunteer experiences and determine if volunteers are the right fit for your organization. Learn how to meet the needs of your organization while exceeding the needs of your volunteers.
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
A program that began as The World is Fun's internal training for Volunteer Managers is now nationally recognized as a thought leader in in new ways to attract volunteers. This in-depth program covers the full spectrum of volunteer management to include:
- The History of Volunteerism
- On-site Volunteer Management
- Volunteer Recruitment
- Volunteer Retention
- Volunteer Metrics and KPIs
CREATING CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY PROGRAMS THAT WORK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Many businesses struggle with finding the balance between giving back to the community and maintaining their profits and other resources. Learn about creative solutions that allow businesses of any size to create charitable programs that engage their employees, give back to their communities, and ultimately lend to success.
- 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.