Claire Gaudiani: Luncheon Keynote Speaker at CGP Conference

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Apr 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) is pleased to welcome Claire Gaudiani as the luncheon keynote speaker for the 2018 CGP Conference in Las Vegas. 


Claire Gaudiani  is an idealist and an engaged American. Through her books and public speaking, she calls on all Americans to leave our nation and the world a better place. Claire's expertise in the history and economics of philanthropy is a source of important ideas for the nation and for citizens of every political persuasion.

Claire’s career has been shaped by her belief that action is every bit as important as reflection. She launched her first not-for profit organization while still a graduate student at Indiana University in the 1970’s. She has continued to put her idealism, optimism, and determination into action on behalf of fellow citizens ever since.


Gaudiani is a director of numerous corporate and social enterprises, with particular expertise in governance issues. Her current directorships include The Henry Luce Foundation (, MBIA Inc.(, the Council for Economic Education (, The Philanthropic Collaborative,( and the Davlin Foundation ( She also directs The Declaration Initiative ( a private national effort to assist the most impoverished Americans to overcome obstacles to upward mobility.

Gaudiani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recipient of the Rosso Medal for Distinguished Service to Philanthropy from Indiana University. She has received ten honorary doctorates, as well as distinguished teaching awards from Indiana University, Purdue University, and New York University.

From 2004-2009, Gaudiani was a clinical professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University, where she directed the graduate program in philanthropic studies. From 2001-2004, she was a senior research scholar at the Yale Law School, following 13 years as President of Connecticut College, where she was also Professor of French. Under her leadership from 1988-2001, Connecticut College quintupled its endowment and rose to the top 25 private liberal arts colleges in the nation.

She also served from 1997 to 2001 as volunteer president of the New London Development Corporation, dedicated to building the tax base, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for all citizens of New London,CT. During her tenure, NLDC managed $75 million in state infrastructure funding and attracted $300 million in private investment to New London.

Gaudiani holds a PhD and master's degree in French literature from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree, also in French, from Connecticut College. She is married to David Burnett, PhD, her partner in Gaudiani Associates and they have two married children and four grandchildren.



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