Melissa Hanna Rowan

Annual Giving Consultant

Recent Clients Served

  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Courage Center for Minnesota
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Guildford College
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • Marquette University
  • Rhodes College
  • Saint Mary's College


Melissa Hanna Rowan is the Executive Director of Annual and Special Giving at the Iowa State University Foundation and serves as Annual Giving Counsel for Campbell & Company. In her capacity as a consultant for Campbell & Company, Melissa provides annual giving and membership council for higher education, service based, and cultural institutions. In this role, she seeks to help the programs she is working with enhance their fundraising capabilities with traditional annual giving strategies and cutting edge ideas.

At Iowa State University, Melissa oversees the annual giving operation, which raises nearly $6 million on an annual basis. At Iowa State, Melissa also serves as the Development Liaison for Reiman Gardens, the University’s botanical gardens, and the Iowa State Center, the university’s performing arts center. Additionally, she oversees Iowa State’s nationally recognized Women & Philanthropy program.

Melissa has participated as a conference chair and faculty member at several CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) and other higher education annual giving conferences in addition to speaking at national conferences for organizations such as the League of American Orchestras.

Melissa graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in history and Florida State University with a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management. She has been working as a professional in the field of Annual Giving at both Florida State University and Iowa State University for more than 13 years.