Meet Our Newest Philanthropic Advisors
Our team of Philanthropic Advisors works closely with the 1,500+ donors in our giving community.
Advisors provide tools and resources to support individuals, families, and businesses as they express their generosity—personally, collectively, and across generations. We recently welcomed three new members to our team.
From left to right: Maggie McCracken, Sam Ndely, and Amy Pfarr Walker
Maggie McCracken brings more than 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She spent over a decade in marketing and strategic planning roles at Target Corporation. Most recently, she served as the CEO of The BrandLab, a nonprofit working to support talent of color by removing barriers to marketing and advertising careers in the Midwest. Maggie is passionate about connecting resources to propel missions. She’s a first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. Maggie and her husband have two teenage daughters. Outside of work, Maggie loves being with family and friends, time outdoors, and quiet mornings with coffee. View Maggie’s LinkedIn profile.
Samuel Ndely comes to the Minneapolis Foundation from the Center for Economic Inclusion, where he nurtured the organization’s relationships with community members and partners in the public and private sectors as Director of Employer Inclusivity and, prior to that, as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Before that, as a Business Consultant for the Metropolitan Economic Development Agency (Meda), he worked with entrepreneurs of color to help them grow their businesses. Samuel is an entrepreneur himself and is very involved in the community. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Brooklyn Park with his fiancée, Cierra, and their puppy, Marley. View Sam’s LinkedIn profile.
Amy Pfarr Walker values connecting donors to the collective impact they make on the challenges facing our community. She brings nearly 25 years of nonprofit development and communications experience for nonprofits focused on human services, affordable housing, and mental health. Most recently, she served as Chief Advancement Officer at Washburn Center for Children. Amy received a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and completed a Master of Business Communications Certificate at the University of St. Thomas. Amy currently serves on the Advisory Council of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. Outside work and chauffeuring her daughter, she enjoys time outdoors, hiking in the mountains, and planning her next travel adventure. View Amy’s LinkedIn profile.