Giving you access to education relevant to your career and the challenges you face is CGP's top priority for 2018. In January we launched our new Shop and have been excited with the number of CGP members participating. We see this is what you want and we are excited to give you more!
Whether you just renewed your membership or your renewal date is approaching, CGP wants to say thank you for your dedication to the gift planning field. We hope CGP has provided as much value to you as you have for us. Our members are the motivation for this organization to provide top-notch education, thoughtful research and advocacy that will protect charitable giving.
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.
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.
Have you checked out the Career Center?
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.
Reach qualified candidates quickly and easily in our searchable Career Center. Each active job posting on CGP's Career Center includes:
It can be difficult to balance all that you do. How you ever found yourself in any of these situations?
- The solicitations you planned six months ago are still on your to-do list.
- You are cultivating several donors at the same time, but you aren’t able to find the time to go see them.
- You need to give attention to past donors but it’s not happening.
- The bequest and gift annuity programs are still in the planning phases.
- Your day-to-day work is piling up.
- You have made several false starts toward developing a gift proposal for a major prospect, but it remains incomplete.
- Proposals have come across your desk but gotten buried.
Topics: Professional Development