Giving USA 2017

The Latest Trends in Giving

In connection with today’s release of the 2017 Giving USA report, we invite you to a series of conversations among our thought leaders on trends in giving, and related insights.


Martin Grenzebach and Suzanne Hilser-Wiles on Higher Education

Martin Grenzebach, Chairman, and Suzanne Hilser-Wiles, President, discuss trends in giving to higher education and individual giving, and share insights on how to motivate volunteers and engage the next generation of donors for sustainable impact.

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Suzanne Hilser-Wiles and Adrian Salmon on International Affairs

Suzanne Hilser-Wiles, President, and Adrian Salmon, Vice President, discuss trends in giving to international affairs, and share insights on the drivers behind the continued growth in this sector.

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John Glier and Melinda Church

John Glier, CEO, and Melinda Church, Senior Vice President, discuss additional trends from the Giving USA report, and related insights.

Coming soon.



John Glier and Rebecca Parkes

John Glier, CEO, and Rebecca Parkes, Vice President, discuss additional trends from the Giving USA report, and related insights.

Coming soon.





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About the authors

Melinda Church

Senior Vice President

Melinda Church co-leads the Strategic Communications practice area. She brings to the firm more than 25 years of experience in communications and marketing in the higher education and healthcare sectors, with expertise in strategy development, philanthropic case development, executive communications, and organizational structures and planning. Prior to joining GG+A, Melinda…

John Glier

Chief Executive Officer

John Glier is the Chief Executive Officer of GG+A, a global consulting firm in philanthropic management headquartered in Chicago and London. Mr. Glier joined GG+A in 1981, and has served as its Chief Executive for more than 25 years. Mr. Glier is recognized internationally for providing strategic direction and philanthropic…

Martin Grenzebach


Martin Grenzebach, Chairman of GG+A, has served the firm since 1974. His consulting work encompasses campaign consultation, supervision of capital campaigns, strategic planning studies, and strategic and organizational counsel, as well as overall marketing and management of services offered by the firm. Martin’s special expertise is working with higher education…

Suzanne Hilser-Wiles


Suzanne Hilser-Wiles, President, has more than 25 years of experience in advancement, program building, and campaign planning and implementation. Her work has benefited a wide range of nonprofit organizations including those in higher education, healthcare, and the artistic and cultural sector. Suzanne joined GG+A in 2011, became a member of…

Rebecca Parkes

Consulting Vice President

Rebecca Parkes, Consulting Vice President, brings twelve years of experience in major and principal gift fundraising, strategic planning, board development and management, and campaign strategy and planning. Rebecca has consulted for three years, working with GG+A clients based in the UK and Europe. Her work includes leading a strategic planning…

Adrian Salmon

Vice President

Adrian Salmon, Vice President, GG+A Europe, brings nearly 20 years of direct-marketing fundraising experience in the higher education, arts and culture, and wider not-for-profit spheres. His particular expertise includes direct mail fundraising, annual giving program management, and management of contributions from integrated mail and online appeals. Most recently, Adrian was…