Melissa Filipi is a non-profit professional focused on connecting donors with those organizations that best embody their passions and values to build a lasting relationship and a stronger community. After spending 18 years working with non-profits to build integrated development and marketing plans, Melissa knows how to build sustainable support, provide for program growth, all while keeping the focus on the donor as the top priority. Melissa has developed programs and processes from the ground up that increase overall support, create growth for programming capacity, and improve efficiency and accountability for organizations in the community. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. After successfully completing the volunteer and employment-based requirements, as well as extensive testing in all aspects of development, she has maintained her designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive. She currently serves as President of Charitable Gift Planners after acting as Vice President fopr Programming for four years, and co-chair for the annual Give and Gain Conference for three years. She is also active on the boards of Nebraska Trails Foundation and Cause Collective.