President & CEO
Amit Banerjee likes to think. He likes to learn. He likes to help people. And he likes to help people help people. As President & CEO of Philanthropy Kids, he works each day to identify creative ways to engage young people with philanthropy. Believing that youth and children should be empowered to explore new opportunities to serve and help those around them, Amit was among a small team that founded Philanthropy Kids in 2011. Since then, he has seen the organization acquire education and media programs, establish strategic coalitions with nonprofit and corporate partners, and instill a spirit of service in thousands of kids around the globe.
Having studied Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University, Amit was able to build a strong background and lasting interest in STEM, and he uses that background to work with technology companies, advocacy organizations, legislators, and academic institutions to pursue a more empathetic and environmentally-conscious population through increased access to ethical technology and through the large-scale implementation of clean energy solutions. Having worked in both academic research and corporate R&D settings, Amit understands that there are a lot of right answers to our current energy crisis. It's now a matter of educating the public about our options and encouraging policymakers to execute on the public's decision.
Amit has been recognized by the Dallas Morning News in 2019 as an Emerging Leader in Philanthropy and was invited to join the inaugural Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort organized by the Communities Foundation of Texas in 2018. He has
Amit understands that nonprofits can maximize their collective impact when they work togehter. To this end, he tries to stay as connected to the community as possible through various volunteer roles. He actively serves as a Board Member with Union Coffee House, He has formerly served as a Board Member with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas's Emerging Leaders Society, Genesis Women's Shelter's HeROs Auxiliary Group, SMU Lyle School of Engineering Dean's Student Advisory Board, and the Dallas Millennial Club.
And in the few moments when he can get away from it all, Amit enjoys spending time with his friends, his parents, and his brother, Dave.