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Mark Melia

Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving

Based in Baltimore, MD.

Based at the organization's Baltimore headquarters, Mark leads CRS' private philanthropic fundraising efforts. He also manages fundraising efforts for all major international emergencies.

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As the head of Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Charitable Giving Department, Mark Melia helms CRS' private fundraising activities, which in 2018, generated more than $140 million. Mark also leads fundraising efforts around all CRS' major international emergencies, such as the 2003 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Mark began his career with CRS in 1991 as a liaison to the U.S. Catholic community. He also managed the CRS Rice Bowl program, which is one of CRS’ signature annual U.S. fundraising initiatives. Later, Mark became the primary liaison between CRS executives and U.S. Church leaders.

After completing his graduate studies, Mark worked for three years in the assisted living and affordable housing industries before returning to CRS in 2002 as the assistant to the deputy executive director of fundraising and marketing. In 2007, Mark became the deputy vice president of the Charitable Giving Department, overseeing annual giving; donor services; Hispanic outreach; publications; prospect research; and revenue analysis. 

In addition to his work at CRS, Mark serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and with the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. He lives in Towson, Maryland, with his family.

Areas of Expertise

Annual Giving, Catholic Fundraising, Charitable Giving, Donor Services, Nonprofit Fundraising, Private Philanthropy, Stewardship


University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
M.B.A., Management

University of Maryland, Baltimore
M.S.W., Management

The Johns Hopkins University
B.A., International Studies