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The News Archive for Melissa Berman

Melissa’s News Archive

The News Archive for Melissa Berman

Melissa Berman

President and CEO

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
New York, NY, USA
29 Sep 2021 | The Guardian

Record $5bn donation to protect nature could herald new green era of giving

Despite environmental issues being a small part of philanthropic, Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, sees a recent shift in how people have started thinking differently about the environment due to climate change.

17 Mar 2021 | Associated Press

Corporations become unlikely financiers of racial equity

For some corporations, the pandemic and protests led them to face “the kinds of really difficult social issues” that many had previously preferred not to engage with, said Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Berman suggested that some pressure has come from millennial and Generation Z consumers who increasingly want the money they spend and invest to be used in ways consistent with their values. 

10 Feb 2021 | The Washington Times

Bezos and Bloomberg among top 50 US charity donors for 2020

Giving experts say they think the trend toward broader giving is likely to persist. “I don’t think this approach is just a 12-month moment that started with COVID and continued following George Floyd and is going to recede,” says Melissa Berman, president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which counsels donors around the world. 

16 Dec 2020 | Washington Post

MacKenzie Scott Gives Away $4.2 Billion in Four Months

MacKenzie Scott’s gifts this year approach $6 billion, which “has to be one of the biggest annual distributions by a living individual” to working charities, according to Melissa Berman, chief executive officer of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Berman said Scott’s donations show that it’s possible to give large amounts quickly without requiring nonprofits to “jump through a lot of hoops to get the money.”

21 Sep 2020

East Enders Remember Justice Ginsburg

"Thank you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for the person you were, for the work that you did, for the legacy you have passed on to us," Melissa Berman said through a megaphone on Sunday afternoon at Hook Mill in East Hampton.

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