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2018-05 May eNewsletter
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From the President



Harness • Connect • Engage

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe but here we are at the end of another successful PGGNE season! And while our May All-Day Conference signified the end of our current season, it’s not too early to be thinking about next season.


Before closing the books on your June 30th fiscal year end, be sure to budget for your annual PGGNE membership renewal by We will be updating the program calendar this summer and our first meeting of the 2018-2019 season will be Wednesday, September 5th.


All-Day Conference Sponsor Bingo Winner

Congratulations to this year’s raffle winner: Mary Richardson, Director of Gift Planning and Principal Gifts Officer at Clark University! And thanks to all who visited our sponsors’ booths.



Maine Planned Giving Council Annual All-Day Conference
Our colleagues of the Maine Planned Giving Council will be hosting their All-Day Annual Conference on Wednesday, September 26th. If you will be in the area, this is a great opportunity to hear the latest from Russell James, J.D., Ph. D.,


Russell James, J.D., Ph. D., CFP


Become a Mentor/Mentee



Whether you’re new to the field, hoping to advance to the next level, or thinking “I wish I knew that when I was starting out,” the mentor/mentee experience is both enjoyable and constructive. Explore how thementoring programcan benefit you.

What Does PGGNE Mean to You?

What initially drew you to PGGNE? What brings you back? What makes a PGGNE membership valuable to you? The PGGNE Board wants to know! Write down a few sentences and email your responses to PGGNE is embarking on a membership marketing campaign and if your response is chosen, you’ll receive a $100 Gift Card! Deadline is October 1st.

Here are a few examples from members:

“The interaction with colleagues allows me to solve complex planned giving problems.”

“PGGNE provides a wonderful community, whose members have proven to be helpful and knowledgeable regarding real-life gift questions, career advice, and mentoring.“

“I am regularly connected with a supportive group of peers who understand the issues I deal with every day. It’s helpful to know where my issues stand with my peers and how they face and/or overcome them.”

“I can keep current on best practices, trends, and new ideas through presentations and networking.”


Thank You for Another Great Season!

Thanks to all our members, guests, speakers, and sponsors for another fantastic PGGNE season! It was an honor and privilege to serve you this year and I welcome Sam Samuels as he stewards PGGNE as president in the coming year. I hope everyone has a great summer, and we look forward to welcoming you all back in September.


Rick Wells
President, Planned Giving Group of New England

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