Melanie Schnoll Begun leads Morgan Stanley’s Philanthropy Management and exemplifies her professional work by living a life of committed action. For over 18 years, she has worked with many of the Firm’s wealthiest and most influential clients. She develops focus areas for client’s philanthropy; engages senior and millennial generations in their foundation’s governance; designs customized grant portfolios; aligns client values with impactful investing; and facilitates giving circles, board retreats and educational events. In 2000, Melanie launched Morgan Stanley GIFT, the Firm’s global Donor-Advised Fund. In 2012, she launched Foundation Management Services, a philanthropic advisory and administrative services platform for corporate and private foundations. She is also responsible for the firm’s Nonprofit and Endowment Consulting Services. A thought leader, Melanie was honored in May 2014 by the Rotary Club of Verrazano as “Humanitarian of the Year,” and in June 2013 received the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Perseverance Award.” She is the co-editor of Morgan Stanley’s “Perspectives in Philanthropy” and is a popular speaker. Melanie has published articles in the Journal of Taxation, has been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg and Investment News and has appeared on such programs as “Good Morning America” and CBS News. She received her law degree from Quinnipiac University Law School.