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Melissa Brown first earned money as a technical writer at age 12.  A short essay on year-round school netted her $25 and a letter of commendation from Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, where she lived.

More recently, she has authored or edited 10 editions of Giving USA (a publication of Giving USA Foundation, numerous published articles, a handful of scholarly papers,and a training manual for TheFund Raising School, with Diane Gedeon-Martin of Write Source.

While working at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University Melissa studied regional differences in giving, variations in gender and generational values and actions in giving and volunteering, and trends in fundraising results in nonprofit orgnaizations.

Melissa began working in the nonprofit sector in 1989 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. She has worked for the Homeless Initiative Program,Indiana University, and the national office of the Arthritis Foundation. She teaches successful proposal writing for The Fund Raising School. Her volunteer roles have included Big Sisters of Central Indiana and the International School of Indiana.

She holds a B.A. in political science from Reed College and a Master's degree in governmental administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Her spouse has studied philanthropy in Europe from the Greco-Roman era through 19th-century England.

For over 10 years Melissa has been my go to source for any information about philanthropy. . .If you want data, she has it. If you want to get research, find a study or even do a quick survey on a topic, she can do it.
Dave Sternberg
Partner, Loring Sternberg & Associates

This class was a refreshing experience with many tangible "take-aways." I liked best Melissa's very teaching engaging style and her ability to ability to interact with course participants.

Anonymous evaluation, proposal writing session

Melissa brought a rare combination of gravitas and humor to what could be a rather dry presentation of statistics about charitable giving.

Marcie Taylor
Formerly at Clark Schaefer Hackett


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