Anne Melvin has worked as both a volunteer and a professional in the field of development for over two decades. In recent years, Anne specialized in planned giving, negotiating and closing gifts for various schools at Harvard. As Deputy Director of Gift Planning at Harvard College, she directed the marketing portion of Harvard’s gift planning efforts for 12 years, revamping its approach to marketing and tripling its lead generation. She also worked with prospects, soliciting and closing gifts. For the past three years, Anne has directed the fundraiser training and overall development education program at Harvard’s central development office.

Anne is a member of AFP, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP), and the PPP Leadership Institute.  She speaks around the country to professional development organizations and leads trainings at non-profits, specializing in donor motivation, gift planning, cultivating the donor, fundraiser training and gift solicitation and negotiation. Anne serves on the board of the Wellesley Education Foundation, and consults on fundraising for a number of non-profits. Prior to joining Harvard, Anne practiced real estate law in the Boston area. She is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.                     

Director of Training and Education, Alumni Affairs & Development
Harvard University