Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Melanie Schnoll Begun

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Philanthropic Services


Melanie Schnoll Begun is a Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Philanthropic Services. A philanthropic counselor to families, foundations and family offices for more than 16 years, she works with ultra-high-net-worth clients to focus their philanthropy; engage multiple generations in their foundation's governance, programming and evaluation; and design customized domestic and international grant-making portfolios and gift agreements, among other services. Prior to joining Smith Barney, Begun was an estate-planning attorney in New York City. She is vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's nonprofit Global Impact Funding Trust Inc. and serves on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. She is also on the advisory boards of Girls Inc., the Salvation Army and Grameen America. She has published articles in such publications as The New York Times, Trusts & Estates and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


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