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Positive Impact Philanthropy Podcast

Dec 21, 2022

Join Lori and her guest, Melissa Stevens, as they talk about her philanthropic work in the area of medical research. Melissa is the Executive Vice President of Philanthropy at Milken Institute. She shares how she got started in philanthropy and how she developed a deeper appreciation for it after witnessing its benefits firsthand. Stay tuned!


Here are the things to expect in this episode:

  • What are the new trends in philanthropy?
  • How Melissa got started in philanthropy, especially in medical research
  • Melissa’s philanthropic work focused on understanding bipolar disorder
  • What is Melissa’s inspiration to be philanthropic?
  • And much more!


About Melisa Stevens:


As the Executive Director of the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, I work with individual philanthropists, families, and foundations seeking to “be the change” as they leverage their time, talents, and capital to make a transformative, sustainable impact on the world.


As one of the Center’s co-founders, I’ve led the creation and execution of groundbreaking philanthropic strategies in medical, environmental, education, and public health philanthropy. In my tenure at the Milken Institute, I have overseen the development of programs and organizations, including some of the largest nonprofit funders of cancer research in the US.


Driven by a desire to champion bold ideas and uncover opportunities that lead to meaningful and measurable change, CSP has more than tripled in size under my leadership, and our work has influenced more than $1 billion in philanthropic capital. 


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