02-14-2017 · Legacy Leaders


Throughout her career at Deloitte, Melissa Meder constantly sought ways to impact her local community. Meder was the first woman partner for Deloitte in Atlanta and will be remembered by the company for her exceptional work. However, she will also be remembered by friends, family and the Greater Atlanta community as a whole for her generosity of spirit. Part of her appreciation for Deloitte rested on its support for causes close to her heart. Meder, by all accounts, exemplified good will, not only in her life, but in her commitment to investing in her community through her legacy.

Meder, who passed away in 2016, had advised United Way of her intentions to leave a lasting impact and thus became a member of Legacy Leaders, the giving society dedicated to those who include United Way of Greater Atlanta in their wills or estate plans. By naming United Way a beneficiary through her will, Meder breathed new life into her community leadership efforts.

Meder also valued Deloitte’s commitment to volunteers. In the early years of her career, she put her financial expertise to important use by serving on the United Way Allocations Committee (now known as the Community Investment Process). She evaluated the applications of various nonprofits, using her professional talents to study the financial statements in detail, allowing United Way to make even more strategic investments in the community.

Her philanthropic commitments centered on a number of causes, and based on the size of Meder’s generous gift, the lives of thousands of local families and individuals will be impacted. Her gift, for example, could equate to more than 6,500 families learning how to manage their money and build better budgets through financial literacy classes.

United Way of Greater Atlanta is extremely grateful to have had such a committed friend in Melissa Meder. For information about how you can leave a legacy of hope in our Greater Atlanta community, please contact Eve Powell at epowell@unitedwayatlanta.org.