Melanie J. Norton, CFRE, MBA

Founder, CEO and Philanthropic Consultant, Norton Philanthropic Counsel

Melanie J. Norton is the founder and CEO for Norton Philanthropic Counsel (NPC), a full-service philanthropic consulting firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, dedicated to highly-customized and relationship-focused strategies that blend the art and science of philanthropy to promote client success. Prior to the launch of NPC, Melanie was the Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement at DePauw University, where she led a team of 40 full-time professionals to a successful $320 million comprehensive campaign nearly two years in advance of the targeted campaign end.

Melanie is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. in business from Franklin College. She was the 2016 national chairman of the board for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and has served a variety of leadership and board positions in support of non-profits during her career.