$53Million Five-Year Comprehensive Campaign
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia
"Melissa is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. Her instincts are superb, and her technical knowledge is outstanding. She worked extremely well with our staff because she is exceptionally good at meeting people ‘where they are’ with their individual skill set and coaching them at that level. I look forward to working with her again.”
- John D. Crawford, VP for University Advancement
Sustainable Development Consultation
The Alabama Election Protection Network is a collective of like-minded nonprofit organizations providing Alabamians with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting, from registration to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to participation.
The Love and Loyalty Campaign
$22.275Million Five-Year Comprehensive Campaign
$35.1Million Five-Year Comprehensive Campaign
Founding Executive Director
A collective of high net worth individuals investing in permanent infrastructure for the purpose of moving forward progress and policy change in Alabama.
Sustainable Development Consultation
GirlSpring empowers girls by providing access to reliable information, inspiring events and positive role models so girls and young women are empowered to reach their full potential.
Eagle's Wings: Elevating Excellence Campaign
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
$7Million Three-Year Library and Academic Resource Center Campaign
St. Charles, Missouri
"I met Melissa when she joined Lindenwood University to consult on an already in place multi-million dollar gift initiative. Melissa laid the groundwork and assisted with establishing goals, campaign committees, campaign materials, and the reports necessary to run a successful campaign. She provided leadership and guidance to our development team and through this process preparing me to manage our existing campaign and campaigns in the future. I saved every email and incorporated her hands-on training executed through onsite visits. The tools and best practices shared, the training and development counsel helped me become a successful and grateful fundraiser, campaign manager, and Vice President of Advancement. I owe a great deal to my colleague Melissa Gilliland."
- Kate O'Neal, Former Vice President of Advancement, Lindenwood University
$23Million Five-Year Comprehensive Campaign
"Melissa has been a tremendous asset to Alabama A&M University's capital campaign efforts. She has an uncanny ability to maximize the efforts of her clients through her leadership and vast fundraising experience. The success of our campaign is a direct reflection of Melissa's dedication and commitment."
- Archie Tucker II, Vice President Marketing, Communication and Advancement
$20.925Million Five-Year Comprehensive Campaign
$1.3Million Three-Year Comprehensive Campaign
“Melissa was a true professional and asset to Bainbridge State College’s first ever capital campaign. She not only understood the mission of our institution but embraced the people and culture of our area in a way that established genuine connection with our constituents. Her sincerity, work ethic and professionalism propelled us forward towards success.”
- Lauren Harrell, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Comprehensive Capital Campaign
$2Million Capital Campaign
“Melissa Gilliland is a highly skilled and experienced professional who blends a passion for people with her plethora of experience in campaigns, both capital and electoral, to provide one of the very best approaches to fundraising I have seen. She is highly organized and able to work with a diverse group of people in a way that molds everyone into one team, going in one direction to achieve stated goals.”
- Craig Bouvier, Ph.D., Former Head of School/Educational Consultant