A Remembrance of Charles W. Collier

Posted by Peter K. Kimball on Aug 15, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Charles W. Collier died on August 2, 2018 in Dublin, NH.  He was 70 years old.

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Topics: Obituaries

Take Action Today to Expand the IRA Charitable Rollover

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Aug 9, 2018 8:30:00 AM

For the past twelve years, the IRA Charitable Rollover has allowed generous, older Americans to donate hundreds of millions of dollars from their Individual Retirement Accounts directly to America’s charities – and the populations they serve – during a time when traditional charitable contributions are expected to decline because of recent changes to the United States tax code.  The IRA Rollover has generated an enormous amount of new charitable giving to thousands and thousands of nonprofits that work every day to enrich lives and strengthen communities across the country.  Given the great success of the IRA Rollover, and the extent to which the charitable sector and donors alike have come to rely on this critical giving incentive, CGP was proud to lead the fight in Congress to make the IRA Rollover a permanent part of the tax code at the end of 2015.  And with this permanent, albeit limited, IRA Rollover firmly in place and the House of Representatives considering additional tax reform measures this year, now is a critical time to push for an expanded IRA Rollover provision.

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Topics: Advocacy, IRA Charitable Rollover

Five key ingredients to getting a planned giving program off the ground

Posted by Andrew Ragone on Aug 8, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Let’s say you’re a major and planned gifts officer in a small development shop, and you do it all—marketing, prospecting, donor cultivation... You’re one busy person, right!? In many mid-sized nonprofit organizations, the development office can seem a little bit like the Wild West. When you’re asked to roll out a planned giving strategy, where do you start?

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Topics: CGP Conference 2018, planned giving

Today’s Reason to Love My Job

Posted by Gloria Kermeen on Aug 1, 2018 9:30:00 AM

A gift planner I admire once told me that my servant’s heart and dedication to the work I do are my contributions to making the world a better place. I hung up the phone, jumped up and exclaimed, “Today’s reason to love my job!”

In more than 21 years on the staff at CGP, I’ve been known to make that statement regularly. Perhaps it was a promotion, or big laughs at the lunch table, or a great conversation with one of our members – it happens all the time. Fact is, I love my job.

Today’s reason to love my job is…

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Topics: CGP Conference 2018

The Summit Track: Gift Planning By and For Baby Boomers

Posted by National Association of Charitable Gift Planners on Jun 27, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Jeff Comfort, Cynthia Krause and Scott Lumpkin will co-chair the Summit Track at CGP 2018. Each year, around 30% of conference attendees report that they have more than 20 years of gift planning experience. The Summit Track is designed for these experienced attendees, offering challenging discussions that begin where most breakout sessions end.

Collectively, Jeff, Cynthia and Scott have decades of gift planning experience and they’ve attended hundreds of conferences, often as presenters. All three began their careers in 1984, when Baby Boomers like themselves weren’t usually on the prospect list. They learned about philanthropy from donors, mentors and a few bosses who were members of the Greatest Generation. But they learned about life from the perspective of their own generation. In the Summit Track sessions at CGP 2018, they’ll bring together researchers, marketers and expert planners to sharpen the focus on peers who are turning into prospects.

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Topics: CGP Conference 2018, Conference, Professional Development, National, Education

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: General, fundraising