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In the work I do for the Christian Church Foundation, our message is rooted in the Good Book (Bible) of how we as Christians are called to give of our time, talent and treasure (or wealth, wisdom, and work) to build the kingdom of God on earth. The Old Testament speaks of giving our “first fruits”—or 10 percent of the harvest—to the church for its work. We are then implored to give an “offering” to support the widows and orphans, the aliens and the poor.
In the New Testament the scriptures call for us to give out of our abundance, and in response to the measure we have been blessed. The topics of giving and sharing are noted in the Bible more times than the topics of love and faith! And two-thirds of Jesus’ parables addressed how we care for others by sharing of our resources.
Following in Their Footsteps
A career in fundraising was not in my initial career plans. Instead, a wonderful opportunity to serve my alma mater became available at a time in my life when I not only needed a job, but a meaningful calling. I was a fundraiser because I believed in my alma mater; from then on, any role I took on had to be one in which I was fully dedicated – I don’t know anything other than 100%.
Nor did my mentors. Each one “walked the talk,” and patiently and joyfully guided my steps. My dedication to continuing their legacy was 100%, too. Like they had for me, I made time for every colleague and student – sharing my experiences, sharing materials when possible and appropriate, offering feedback, providing references and recommendations, and encouraging professional development opportunities. To see their careers flourish has been their gift that I will forever cherish.
The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) is excited to announce Chad Hymas as the keynote speaker for CGP Conference in Las Vegas. Chad Hymas inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall of Fame.
In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day—he became an example of what is possible.
Topics: CGP Conference 2018
Gift planning is all about the future. So one would expect professional gift planners to be highly focused on tomorrow. But are we? I, for one, look at the transitions now faced by our field and find myself really glad that the CGP National Conference is coming up in October in Las Vegas.
Our field faces changes both high-profile and obscure. Of course, our organizations and donors are counting on us to adapt to recent tax reform legislation, and that has us all scrambling. Less urgent but no less important: those same organizations and donors are also counting on us to ensure the future of the gift planning field. In an environment where gift planning responsibilities are increasingly placed on fundraising generalists, and where the professional gift planning community is rapidly aging (only 12 percent of gift planners are under the age of 40), we all need to be thinking about the future of the profession.
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Looking for a new job? We can help you find the opportunity that's right for you. The CGP Career Center lists jobs with the most respected planned giving programs in the country. Post your Resume to all employers, even confidentially and keep your c areer on the move. Members must sign in to apply for current career openings, but anyone is able to view more information about each listing.
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