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2017-09 September eNewsletter
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From the President

September 2017


Harness • Connect • Engage


Dear PGGNE Members and Friends,


Fall is in the air and the new PGGNE season is in full swing. We had a great turnout for our first luncheon program of the year with excellent presentations from our speakers, Ron Brown, Kara Morin and Gary Snerson. We look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting, October 18th!

Day on the Hill

Would you like to meet with your representatives in Congress and make the case for philanthropy?

If you are attending the NCPP 2017 conference on October 9-11 in Baltimore, here's a special opportunity that the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners is organizing, CGP Day on Capitol Hill.

As we've all read in the headlines, there are many versions of tax reform under consideration at this time, some of which could have serious consequences for charitable giving. It's important that the voice of the nonprofit sector be heard.

The Day on Capitol Hill picks up right after the closing luncheon of the NCPP conference, on Wednesday, October 11. Participants will receive an afternoon of orientation in which they'll learn the suggested talking points that CGP has developed for use with legislators. Then on Thursday October 12, the bus leaves the conference hotel for Washington for a day of meetings arranged in advance by CGP. You can register to join the Day on Capitol Hill as late as October 3rd. More information about the day can be found on the Charitable Gift Planners website.

We're also delighted that Michael Kenyon, CGP President and organizer of this event, will be PGGNE's luncheon speaker at the November 8 meeting. Michael will speak to the accomplishments of the Day on Capitol Hill and what’s next.

Scholarship Recipients Awarded!
PGGNE is pleased to announce that the scholarships went to organizations that are new to us!

Keith Raho from Catholic Charities NH. Their mission is to respond to those in need with programs that heal, comfort and empower. Founded in 1945, it offers support to the state's only Food Bank, counseling services, parenting support, emergency services, educational support and health care.

Dennis McCarthy from Lazarus House, Inc. Their mission focuses on restoring dignity and self-respect to underserved and homeless individuals and families. Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in one of the poorest cities in New England.

Hope Coolidge from the Boston Public Library. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library provides educational and cultural enrichment free to all residents of Boston and well beyond, through its collections, services, programs and spaces.

Mentors Needed
Have you ever wanted to give back, but were afraid of the time commitment? Maybe you thought you needed to be an expert when all you really need is the desire to help. We have mentees who have no mentors. If you could spare an hour each month you can make a big difference in a person’s professional career. If interested, talk to us. There is no harm or obligation in that! Contact Karen Turpin directly at 617-984-8449.

Volunteers Needed
Do you love your iPhone? Well here’s an easy way to help PGGNE and have fun. We are always looking for new PGGNE community pictures and anyone can be a great photographer with a smartphone. Let us know if you want to help us or feel free to send us your snaps directly to

We all know the importance of networking and we are on the move. One of PGGNE’s goals this year is to promote our annual conference to those in the field who may not know about us -- and hopefully increase membership as a result. Here’s a unique project that doesn’t require leaving the office, meeting a deadline or being a planned giving expert! You or someone you know who likes to scout the web can assist us with a little research on identifying all the nonprofits in the New England region. If this is something of interest please let us know!

Save the Date - May 4, 2018
PGGNE will be hosting its annual conference at the Revere Hotel. The planning for this event is heavily underway and we will once again have an early bird special rate. Stay tuned for more details and a full day of education, connections and inspiration!

Annual Treasurer’s Report
At our annual meeting in May we promised to update the membership on the year’s final financial performance. For the last complete fiscal year, ending June 30, 2017, operating revenues were $238,221 and operating expenses were $194,822 for a net operating profit of $43,399. This was primarily a result of the board’s decision to charge a separate fee for the All Day Conference and the timing of that decision.

The decision to implement a separate fee was made after the 2016 – 2017 budget had been finalized and therefore the anticipated income was not included in the budget. The current budget for 2017 – 2018 does include the income from the All Day Conference fee. These funds will become part of PGGNE’s operating expense reserves. An updated Treasurer’s report can be found on the PGGNE website.

We know your time is important so our next newsletter will arrive in your email in December, after the rush of the coming months are behind us. Until then, I hope you enjoy the fall activities and see you at the national conference!

Kind regards,
Rick Wells
President, Planned Giving Group of New England

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