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Perspectives Newsletter

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Getting Started

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 Search for other PPP members using the Directory Search tab. To enhance the information others will find when they search for you, Visit your profile to upload your photo, bio and tags.
Read The Journal of Gift Planning. To join the Journal group, Browse Groups and select The Journal of Gift Planning, then click 'Join this group' on the group landing page. Select Library in the blue group menu to see the current issue and an archive of articles from past issues. 
Search for articles in the PPP Online Library, using the search function at the top of every screen in the community. Just  enter a term and select Libraries from the search options, then click Go. Be sure to rate and comment on the articles you read to help others identify the most useful resources.
Click here to read instructions for other popular tasks in the PPP community. If you have questions, contact Barbara Yeager at

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Member Spotlight

Melanie Norton currently serves as treasurer of the PPP Board of Directors. Norton assumed the position of Vice President of Development and Alumni Engagement at DePauw University on June 1, 2013.  In her current capacity, Melanie oversees all of the fundraising and alumni staffs and activities for the University which holds an endowment in excess of $500 million and has approximately 30,000 living alumni.

Prior to her recent appointment, Melanie was a consultant with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, a full-service philanthropic consulting firm in Indianapolis.   During her time at JGA, Melanie consulted on all phases of philanthropic work including feasibility studies, capital campaigns, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and major gift and development plan creation.  Her clients included colleges and universities, hospital and educational foundations, arts and cultural organizations, churches, major associations and other nonprofit organizations. 

Before her time in consulting, Melanie served as the Director of Gift Planning at DePauw, spearheading the oversight and administration of a gift planning program that exceeded $180 million in documented expectancies and boasted a planned giving honor society with more than 1,400 members.  Previous positions also include service as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Franklin College for seven years and Assistant Vice President at Fifth Third Bank in the divisions of Trust and Investment Advisors and Retail Banking for seven years.

Melanie holds an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. from Franklin College.  She is past president and board member of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana and previously served on the board of the Independent College Advancement Associates as well as several other volunteer and social service organizations. 



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