Our 2016 Event Chairwoman
Identified by Capitol File Magazine as one of the DC region’s brightest women working in philanthropy, Amanda Polk invests her time and talents to ensure the success of several philanthropic initiatives. She has also been named to Washington Life's, Young and the Guest List, for the last three years.
She has proudly served on the following boards:
- National Board of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) USA, a national, nonprofit organization that provides recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities,
- The Washington D.C. Humane Society
- Johns Hopkins/Suburban Hospital Foundation Board
Amanda chaired Fashion for Paws, a fundraising event for the Washington Human Society, an organization which recognized her as the 2009 Washingtonian of the Year. She also previously chaired the KEEN Warm-up Event, KEENFest, and served on many successful fundraising committees, including: Knock Out Abuse, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins-Suburban Hospital Gala, Key to the Cure and Luke's Wings.
Ms. Polk’s service to Johns Hopkins-Suburban Hospital included chairing the annual gala for two consecutive years and serving as co-chair of the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure. An early adopter of social media, Ms. Polk brought Suburban Hospital and many new FRIENDS together, significantly impacting the success of the Key to the Cure event.
Her volunteer commitment to Johns Hopkins/Suburban Hospital earned her recognition as one of the Association of Philanthropy’s fundraisers of the year.
Amanda is adamant about the need for accountability in fundraising.“It is important that people keep their promises about where your money is going to go. They need to deliver,” said Polk in an article about D.C fundraisers that appeared in POLITICO.
In 2012, Amanda became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA),a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the timely placement of abused and neglected children in safe, permanent homes and for the highest quality of their care while they are under the court's jurisdiction. She enjoyed her position and responsibilities to the organization. Although she has left CASA, she regularly donates to the group.