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Melissa Berman

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

New York, US

President and CEO

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Melissa Berman
Melissa Berman is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually manages or facilitates about $200 million in giving.

Personal Business Advice

"Do something today that your future self will thank you for."

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19 Apr 2017
What’s in a Name? The delicate dance behind some of today’s largest gifts

There are many reasons why a philanthropist would wish to be associated with a charitable work in perpetuity. Naming gifts are closely tied to notions of legacy—efforts to make a difference, to create lasting improvements, to leave a mark that stretches beyond one’s limited time on earth...What makes the idea of perpetuity so attractive to some givers, says Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is simple: “That it will live on after they do..." 

24 Mar 2017
New York Times
For Those Who Have It All, Charitable Wedding Registries

Technology has made it easier for couples, from millennials to older adults, to replace wedding gifts with charitable donations.  “I think there’s a growing awareness among millennials that what you do with your whole life should reflect your values,” said Melissa A. Berman, chief executive of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. “Millennials have really pushed this into the forefront.

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Melissa Berman’s Background

President and CEO
New York, US
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a non-profit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations.
Senior Vice President
New York, US
The Conference Board, Inc. is a 501 tax-exempt non-profit business membership and research group organization. It counts approximately 1,200 public and private corporations and other organizations as members, encompassing 60 countries.

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The Foundation Center
Board Member
New York, US
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.
Columbia, US
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