Today, we sit down with Kent Weimer, our newly elected Chair of the CGP Board of Directors to hear his thoughts on CGP and the upcoming year. Kent has been actively involved in CGP for almost 20 years including 3 years on the board and leadership roles at the Chicago Council of Planned Giving and Charitable Gift Planners of Dallas, where he is a past president. We are excited for the upcoming year and to be led by such a great leader with more than 40 years of experience in the gift planning industry.
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.
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.
Thank you for your membership to the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Our members inspire our vision and purpose as a national organization. It is important to us that you are a part of our network, have access to your benefits, and feel supported in your career.