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2018-04 April eNewsletter
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From the President

April 2018


Harness • Connect • Engage

Hello Friends,

We just finished our monthly programming with a bang having the highest turnout all year. I am sure it had something to do with the outstanding speakers and topics we had lined up. A big thank you to Ray Madoff, who discussed the potential challenges that the new tax law presents to the charitable giving community. Jennifer Casey moderated our first arts panelists; Kelly Hays, Liz Herring Menard, and our own Sam Samuels introduced what it takes to secure and steward donors interested in donating gifts and collections of art. Last, but not least, Douglas Nannene, shared the little secrets of what every gift officer should know - the power of IRA's, Transfer-on-death Accounts, and Donor-advised Funds.


All-Day Conference

OurAll-Day Conferenceis only a couple of weeks away - Friday, May 4th at theRevere Hotel. If you haven’t done so already please take a moment to look at the conference schedule andregistertoday!

As part of our ongoing effort to provide educational opportunities to those new to the field of planned giving, and whose organizations do not have the budget for PGGNE programming, PGGNE is pleased to announce that we have awarded our annual conference scholarship to Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Development Coordinator at Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) of South Deerfield, MA. CISA's mission is to strengthen farms and engage the community in building the local food economy in three counties of Western Massachusetts. CISA is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has recently launched a re-fresh of its planned giving program.



Donaldson Award
It gives me great pleasure to announce that our beloved Peter Kimball, Executive Director of Planned Giving at Harvard University will be honored this year as the recipient of the David M. Donaldson Distinguished Service Award. I hope you will join me at our conference where we will present Peter with this well-deserved award.



"The David Donaldson Award highlights service, leadership, selflessness, and effort over countless years. I would add demonstrated mentorship too. By any one of these measures, and certainly in totality, I believe thatPeter K. Kimball Executive Director of Gift Planning at Harvard Universityis deserving of this prestigious award."
- From one of the numerous nominations



Best Wishes,


Rick Wells
President, Planned Giving Group of New England

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