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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."

Melissa Berman’s Newsfeed

26 May 2018
Therapeutic Connection: A Funder Explores How the Arts Can Address Mental Health Issues

Donors agree. Speaking on the state of arts-related venture philanthropy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors president and CEO Melissa Berman argued that more than ever, funders want the arts to support "physical and mental well-being." 

04 May 2018
Financial Times
Why seasoned philanthropists give more strategically

Melissa Berman, president and chief executive of Rockefeller Philanthropy, has been mentioned today in the Financial Times | Early experiences often shatter a belief that business strategies can simply be applied to philanthropy.

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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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