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Amy Wishnick

Wishnick & Associates, LLC


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Wishnick & Associates, LLC
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1165 N. Clark Street
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Amy Wishnick has an instinct for organizations. She is a valued colleague and trusted advisor with notable success in diverse settings. An astute listener, she asks the right questions to elicit the necessary information to help clients uncover valuable opportunities to increase organizational and leadership effectiveness.

Let's talk about your project! Please give Amy a call.
Led by Amy Wishnick, Wishnick & Associates is dedicated to helping organizations become as effective internally as they are in delivering their services and fulfilling their missions. With over 30 years' experience in administration and consulting in government, nonprofit, and the private sector, Amy has a knack for meeting organizations where they are and identifying the next level of success. Her ability to see issues from all angles serves her clients well.

Here is some of what Wishnick & Associates, LLC can do for your organization in the areas of organizational effectiveness and development, planning and assessment, project design and implementation, and facilitation:


• STRATEGIC PLANNING: design and facilitate planning processes tailored to an organization’s specific needs, time line, and budget

• EXECUTIVE TRANSITION AND SEARCH ADVISING / SUCCESSION PLANNING: provide counsel on ED/CEO leadership transition; develop and implement an executive search process; ED/CEO on-boarding; advise on recruiting and hiring, professional development, and retention

• RETREATS AND MEETINGS: plan and facilitate board and/or staff retreats and meetings to accomplish organizational goals, including strategic planning retreats

Organizational Effectiveness:

• ASSESSMENTS: Organizational, Board, Staff, and/or Capacity Building Needs: design and conduct assessments to identify areas of success, areas in need of improvement, and enhance the ability to set priorities and make informed decisions

• LEADERSHIP AND BOARD DEVELOPMENT: advise on governance, by-laws, and other key issues and provide counsel and training

• ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY BUILDING: design, manage, and implement specific projects to identify and understand capacity building needs and priorities to increase organizational effectiveness

• STRATEGIC ADVISING: work with individuals, boards, and organizations to enhance leadership, decision-making, and management abilities

Wishnick & Associates is happy to announce the launch of its Nonprofit Leaders Forum™, which exists to foster success among nonprofit leaders - CEOs, Executive Directors, Founders, Board Chairs - of mission-driven organizations by providing a safe, confidential environment for them to exchange ideas, discuss and solve problems, and provide mutual support.

Contact Amy Wishnick for more information about joining a forum.
Practice Areas (maximum of 3)
  • Board Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic planning
Client List
Wishnick & Associates, LLC works equally successfully with local and national nonprofit and private sector organizations - small, mid-size, and large, emerging or mature, and with professional and volunteer leadership.

Clients include:

Arts, Education, and Culture:

Audience Architects
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Beverly Arts Center
Changing Worlds
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras*
Chicago Artists Coalition*
Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Chicago Public Library Foundation
Company of Folk
DanceWorks Chicago*
Erasing the Distance
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago*
Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth*
Same Planet Performance Project
Spertus Institute’s Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies

Community Development/Workforce/Housing/Advocacy:

Center for New Community~
Chicago Jobs Council
Garfield Park Community Council (formerly East Garfield Park New Communities Program)
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance*
Pilsen Education Task Force
Preservation of Affordable Housing~
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Woodstock Institute
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights*~

Human Services:

Between Friends*
Center of Concern
Center for Life and Learning, Fourth Presbyterian Church
CHARGE Syndrome Foundation~
Chicago Child Care Society*
CASL - Chinese American Service League*
Connections for the Homeless
Elderday Center
Escorted Transportation Services/Northwest
Friedman Place
Howard Area Community Center
HPNC (Hyde Park Neighborhood Club)*
Illinois Adult Day Services Association
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (National)*~
Senior Connections
Seniors Assistance Center*
SGA - Youth & Family Services


American Classical League*~
Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals~
Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
Boeing in the Community, The Boeing Company
Children's Memorial Foundation*
Congregation Solel*
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
Kendall College Trust
The Retirement Research Foundation

*Multiple engagements
~National organizations
Testimonial 1
"I frequently refer RRF grantees to Amy when they are looking for someone to help build organizational capacity, plan for the future, or maximize opportunities for growth. She has a great way of connecting with nonprofit leaders and helping them navigate realistic paths through complex situations. Amy’s unique mix of skills, perspective, and creative thinking has helped many nonprofits move forward."

Mary O’Donnell, Senior Program Officer, The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF)
Testimonial 2
"Amy Wishnick was outstanding. She provided our organization with vital guidance during a board development process and helped us all navigate a leadership transition. Her clear information, framed as best practices in the field, helped build consensus around change. She was also a wonderful mentor and sounding board to me personally, giving me advice and reassuring me throughout the project. I would work with Amy again without hesitation, and would recommend her to any group seeking a consultant to help with board projects and other large strategy or policy implementation programs."

Heather Hartley, Executive Director, Audience Architects
Testimonial 3
"Amy was a consultant for our nonprofit at a pivotal point in our organization when we became a stand-alone 501(c)(3). She guided our very apprehensive board and staff through a careful review of our strengths and weaknesses – all the while encouraging and supporting us. The result was a document and vision that laid out a path for growth, development and even serenity! – that we continue to use to this day. I happy to say that our organization flourished in no small part due to her careful and supportive collaboration with us."

Barbara Sittler, Executive Director, Senior Connections NFP

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