Meryl R. Cosentino

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Meryl R. Cosentino, J.D. has more than 30 years of estate and gift planning experience, and is currently the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University. Meryl joined the Stony Brook Advancement team after spending five years as the Director of Planned Giving at St. Francis Hospital. Prior to that, Meryl honed her philanthropic skills at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island. As a practicing attorney, Meryl specialized in representing parents of children with disabilities and it was this work (tailoring estate plans to meet the specialized needs of her clients) that sparked her interest in pursuing a career in Gift Planning. Meryl is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (NACGP), and has been a faculty lecturer at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning in 2011 and 2015. Locally, Meryl is just completing her two-year term as President of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY), and has also served PPGGNY as Vice President from 2013-2015, as the Programs Chair from 2011-2014, and as the Co-Chair of Planned Giving Day in 2014 and 2015. Meryl received her B.A. from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. With a dramatically shortened commute Meryl now has time to spend with her family and enjoys quilting, baking and time in front of the TV cheering on the NY Giants and NY Rangers. Meryl is also delighted to share that she is now a certified Spinning instructor!

Recent Posts

A Must-Read: Alex Brovey on Zen and the Art of Fundraising

Posted by Meryl R. Cosentino on Jun 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Zen and the Art of Fundraising - 8 Pillars of Success, is the first book by CGP member Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM.

In her informative and inspiring guide, the reader is taken on a VIP tour inside the mind of a master fundraiser. What the journey teaches us—about Alex, fundraising, and ultimately ourselves—will change the way we approach our careers and our donors, and should result in a more positive outcome for the charitable organizations that employ us. 

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Topics: fundraising, General