Neil Melbrod Adjunct Professor, Non-Profit Management
For nearly 30 years, Neil Melbrod has worked in nonprofit fundraising. He began his career in 1979 as the director of planned giving at Canisius College, where he worked on a successful $8 million capital campaign and helped set up a strong planned giving program that continues to generate many planned gifts for the College to this day. He went on to spend eight years at the Buffalo Museum of Science, where he led the Museum in its successful $3.2 million capital campaign and oversaw an increase in its membership base from 1300 to nearly 11,000 members and a five-fold increase in its annual fund.
This past June, Neil retired as the Assistant Executive Director for Public Support of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, a position he held for the past 15 years. While there he built a major gifts program, created the wildly successful M*A*S*H BASH and oversaw a successful $3 million capital campaign to renovate the Chapter’s Delaware Avenue headquarters.
Neil continues to do a great deal of major gift and capital campaign consulting for other non profits in the area. Currently he is working with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Audubon Society, Buffalo Prep, Tapestry Charter School, and a local arts collaboration made up of CEPA Gallery, Just Buffalo Literary Center and Big Orbit Gallery. He has also worked with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, WNED, and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Neil holds an M.Ed. from the SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from Canisius College.