I would like to begin by extending my sincere gratitude to the CGP Staff and 2017 Board of Directors especially Cathy Sheffield, previous Board Chair, and Elizabeth Ayers, previous Conference Chair, for their leadership. Because of their efforts we continue to move forward with momentum and a clear vision to serve our members and the broader charitable gift planning community.
I look forward to continuing my work with the Board of Directors and CGP Staff in the New Year as your 2018 Board Chair. As I come into this role, I am proud to continue working toward the key initiatives of education, advocacy, and local council and individual member support.
Education: CGP equips members with relevant resources through our online platforms CGP Link, CGP Shop and the Education Center. The Board of Directors and staff are committed to professional education and program development as our top priority in 2018. We are working on a strategic plan to increase these offerings to address the various needs of our diverse membership and ever evolving field.
Advocacy: CGP works endlessly to advocate for members and promote the value of the charitable giving profession as well as provide a platform for education and conversation on important issues affecting charitable giving. With recent changes in the tax law, charitable gift planners should be excited for and welcome the opportunity for conversation with all constituents. CGP is looking forward to helping its membership drive those conversations.
Membership: Our national organization and local councils collaborate to offer complementary benefits and resources for members. Together, we give members at all levels the knowledge and connections they need to thrive in their local communities, and a national network of thought leaders and colleagues to support them throughout their careers.
Building on a successful 2017 conference in Baltimore, the CGP Conference in Las Vegas will continue our dedication to providing the finest educational experience with just a little fun added in. Conference chair, Gordon Smith, along with the Conference Committee and staff are all working hard to make sure 2018 is dynamic and successful.
Another source of anticipation is the ongoing work of the Metrics Task Force. With data field-testing and report design now taking place, significant progress is being made in bringing this long term project to reality. CGP will provide project updates in the coming months.
In summary, exciting things are happening with our organization and I look forward to a productive and successful year. I hope to see you in Las Vegas.