Fidelity Charitable appoints Pamela Norley as president

BOSTON, August 18, 2016 – Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity, today announced the appointment of Pamela Norley as president, succeeding Amy Danforth, effective September 6, 2016. Norley currently serves on the boards of several nonprofits including Points of Light, the Board of Advisors for Greater Boston Food Bank, and the Board of Overseers for Boston Ballet. She has held a number of senior leadership roles at Fidelity, most recently as executive vice president of Enterprise Talent and Relationships Groups for Fidelity Investments. In this role, Norley was responsible for managing Fidelity’s top institutional client relationships and for leading the talent management and recruiting organizations. Norley also serves as a co-chair of Fidelity’s Community Committee for Corporate Citizenship.

Norley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law, where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award and also serves on the Law School's Board of Visitors.

“We are thrilled to announce that Pam Norley will join Fidelity Charitable as its new president,” said Alfred E. Osborne Jr., PhD, chair of the Board of Trustees for Fidelity Charitable.

“In addition to having the ability and experience to lead a dynamic and growing charitable organization, we sought someone with a deep commitment to the non-profit world. Someone who could help us further our mission of democratizing philanthropy. Pam brings all of those qualities to Fidelity Charitable and more. We are incredibly excited to have her at the helm of our charity and look forward to the impact of her leadership.”

Today’s announcement comes as Amy Danforth, who led the charity for two and a half years, has chosen to step down from her role as president for personal reasons. Danforth’s tenure saw a number of innovations as well as sustained growth in grantmaking. During her time at Fidelity Charitable she led innovations such as an expansion of investment options and broadening the charity’s complex asset contribution program. Additionally, Danforth’s time as president saw the charity experience a 57% increase in dollars annually granted to $3.3 billion1 and she most recently reached out to donors to help the charity meet its goal of granting $25 billion in 25 years.

“We are also very appreciative of Amy Danforth’s stewardship of Fidelity Charitable. Over the last few years, she has embraced our mission and her unrelenting focus on democratizing philanthropy has enabled donors to more simply and effectively provide support to thousands of charitable organizations nationwide. On behalf of the Board, I thank Amy for her outstanding leadership and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” said Osborne.

1Based on a comparison of Fidelity Charitable's grants in calendar year of January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 and grants made during the fiscal year of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

About Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 219,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $22 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to further the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving simple, effective, and accessible. For more information about Fidelity Charitable, visit

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