ThinkGiving is proud to associate with the following independent consultants when additional expertise or capacity may be required. These experts have worked closely with ThinkGiving and provide outstanding service to clients while maintaining ThinkGiving's standards of professionalism, proficiency and work ethic. Their services can be accessed as part of the scope of work for a ThinkGiving project or accessed individually through their own websites.
Alexandra P. Brovey
Alexandra is the Senior Director, Gift Planning at Northwell Health Foundation in New Hyde Park, New York. Alex has worked in gift planning for 20 years at four nonprofit organizations. Earlier in her career she focused on estate planning and administration as a member of the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York bars. Alex is a past board member and Treasurer of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, where she serves as chair of its Leadership Institute. She is a President Emeritus of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York in New York City, and has been an instructor for the planned giving certificate program at Molloy College. She is a frequent lecturer across the United States on topics related to charitable giving, and has had articles published in several national publications. Alex earned a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, Phi Beta Kappa, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law. Alex assists Georgetown Law with interviews, is a career coach for Penn State, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, and has published three books, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 More Pillars of SuccessZen and the Art of Fundraising: The Pillars in Practice.
Gift Planning Advisor, LLC
Lynn has been in the estate and gift planning field for nearly 30 years. She has served as Director of Gift Planning for the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) since 2005 and as an independent gift planning consultant. Prior to joining Penn, she held gift planning positions in health and higher education, served as Vice President with the Merrill Lynch Center for Philanthropy and practiced estate planning and real estate law.
Lynn is the current Chair of the national board of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP), a member of the CGP Leadership Institute and a regular faculty member for the Planned Giving Course. She has been a member of CGP since 1993. She is a past board member and past President of the New Jersey Council of Charitable Gift Planners and a current board member of the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia (PGCGP). As a dynamic and highly rated speaker, Lynn has presented at conferences and meetings throughout the country on a variety of gift planning topics. Lynn is a graduate of Lycoming College and Fordham University School of Law, and is a Proud Penn Parent - times two!
Norton Philanthropic Counsel
Melanie is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), holding an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. in business from Franklin College. She is past national chairman of the board for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners – the premier organization serving the thousands of individuals across the nation whose work involves charitable gift planning – where she led the organization through a hallmark name change and rebranding effort during her year of chairmanship (2016).
Melanie J. Norton is passionate about philanthropy and the success of individuals and organizations that enhance the world in which we live. As an accomplished professional and leader, Melanie fueled her drive to make a meaningful impact with nonprofits and individuals throughout the nation by founding Norton Philanthropic Counsel (NPC). Her unique and broad-based background blends for-profit and not-for-profit experience in both business and fundraising. This specialized lens provides for a deep and comprehensive understanding of traditional business practice and allows her a creative, intentional and outcomes-focused perspective. Melanie’s experience helps her provide the highly-customized and relationship-focused strategies needed for client success. She possesses an unwavering commitment to authenticity and honesty in her work.
Prior to the launch of NPC, Melanie was most recently the vice president for development and alumni engagement at DePauw University where she led the successful $320 million comprehensive campaign, surpassing the original goal of $300 million a full 23 months in advance of the targeted campaign end. In this role, Melanie oversaw the strategy and fundraising efforts for the University and restructured and managed a staff of nearly 40 full-time development and alumni professionals.
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