Michael R. Marsh (Mike) is a Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and a member of Global Institutional Consulting team Gelfand, Marsh & Associates based in Bethesda, MD. With more than 27 years of experience Mike exclusively focuses on serving the investment advisory/OCIO requisites of the Nonprofit Community. Albeit he will work with qualified Staff, Board Members and Donors of Nonprofits. Mike has held senior level investment advisory positions since 1996.

Prior to joining Merrill, Mike was the founding National Director of Rockefeller & Co.’s Nonprofit Investment Services Department. Before entering the financial industry Mike dedicated the first 15 years of his career working in Nonprofits (e.g., UNHCR, CRS, USCC/MRS, Jesuit Order, CARE, JRS/USA...) globally in Africa, China, Central America, Eastern Europe, Russia & Southeast Asia at all professional levels. He was also a UNHCR ESL Instructor in a Philippines Refugee Camp and VISTA Volunteer (Ohio).

Mike received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Fordham University at New York, NY (Honors), Masters’ Degrees in Divinity (M.DIV.) and Theology (TH.M.) from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California (Honors) and B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University at New Jersey (Honors). Mike holds an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning (eCFP®) from Georgetown University and a Series 7, 65 & 63 FINRA registrations. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma & Alpha Mu Alpha (Honor Societies). He served on the Board & Finance Committees of the United Nations Association and Jesuit Refugee Services/USA. Mike currently volunteers and financial supports numerous nonprofit institutions.

Please consider adding Mike to your next RFP search for Investment Advisory/OCIO Services, to simply compete for your nonprofit institution's professional partnership. Email: MMARSH@ML.COM.


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As a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, I focus on connecting all aspects of my nonprofit clients’ financial requisites to help them prioritize and pursue goals that matter most to them. I work with nonprofit institutions to understand their financial situation, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. I help them articulate their short- and long-term goals, then work with them to establish a financial approach aligned with what they strive to achieve. I do so while combining personalized service with the investment insights of Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America.


I believe the best financial approach is the one that helps your nonprofit institution pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. “Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations?” With access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, I will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.



I begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to your nonprofit institution. Whether it's customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your nonprofit’s mission and goals, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about your nonprofit institution.

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help me get to know your nonprofit institution better as an investor and help you refine your investing preferences. Together, I can help customize your investment approach. Using an understanding of your priorities and investment personality as a foundation, I help you access the full breadth of resources from Bank of America’s banking products and services and Merrill’s investment insights to address all aspects of your nonprofits financial requisites.



My process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist my nonprofit clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I view myself as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).



Drawing on the expertise of specialists throughout Bank of America & Merrill, we serve a wide array of institutional clients, including a number of tax-exempt charitable organizations:

  • Mission-based social services organizations
  • Religious Organizations
  • Trade associations and other industry associations
  • Hospitals and health care organizations
  • College, University and secondary school endowments
  • Public and private foundations
  • Community foundations
  • NGOs
  • Native American Nations & Tribes

We also provide consulting and investment services to qualified Staff, Board Members and Donors to our Nonprofit Clients whose exceptional wealth demands institutional-quality investment and wealth management.

Underscoring every service we offer is the conviction that to be effective, strategies must be carefully integrated with an organization's strategic objectives, governance framework, investment policy and risk-management function. As such, we take the time to understand the broader challenges and goals of the organizations we serve before devising strategies for them.

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