February 17, 2022 - Advocacy Update

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Title: CGP Advocacy Update

Date: February 17, 2022

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

With the introduction of a sister bill in the House, the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) act has gained new momentum and attention from legislators and the philanthropic sector. CGP has convened a panel to discuss the proposed bill and provide perspectives from the philanthropic community.

CGP’s Government Relations chair, Robert Shafis will moderate a panel discussion with:

Press Release: 2021 Individual CGP Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Indianapolis, IN – The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Conference Scholarship fund was established to offer educational opportunities to fundraising and charitable gift planning professionals. This year's 15 CGP Conference Scholarship recipients include: Cathy Asmus, Jaena Cotter, Etienne Easley, Joe Eelkema, Jessica El-Zeftawy, Sherrica Hunt, Tracy Karbus, Brianne Kilpatrick, Germaine Mitchell, Meredith Mohlke, Amber Sizer, Bethany Sullivan, Cheryl Ward, Dustie Wiggins, and Staci L. Young. 

The goal of the fund is to promote philanthropic planning techniques among a broad base of individuals. Each scholarship includes complimentary conference registration and a one-year CGP membership. 

Scholarships are funded through the generosity of individual donors and companies dedicated to supporting the broader profession of charitable gift planning. The scholarship donors include: Hibel Family Scholarship fund, George L. Wolff Memorial Scholarship Fund, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Thinkgiving, Jon Abrams, Kent Weimer, and Kimberly Valentine.  

 

Jon Abrams scholarship recipient:

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Bethany Sullivan

Development Officer, Feeding Tampa Bay

Originally from New Hampshire, Bethany began her fundraising career over 15 years ago with the American Cancer Society. Prior to joining the team at Feeding Tampa Bay, where she is responsible for implementing a formal Planned Giving program for the organization in addition to soliciting major gifts, Bethany was a Philanthropic Advisor, and part of the 2nd largest bequest program at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was first introduced to Gift Planning. Bethany earned her B.A Degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and her MBA from Post University in Waterbury, CT.  She is currently working towards the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy from The American College of Financial Services. 

 

Kent Weimer scholarship recipient:

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E'tienne Easley

Director of Development, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

E'tienne F. Easley, M.S.A, currently serves as the Director of Development with Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, an organization dedicated to homeless prevention. Although fairly new to fund development in this sector, Ms. Easley dedicated 14 years to the Hamilton County Department of Education which honed her grant writing skills and quickly becoming a Certified Grant Writer in 2016. Recently received a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, she co-chairs the Black Voices of Family Promise Affinity Group. 

 

KIimberley Valentine scholarship recipients:

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Germaine Mitchell

Philanthropy Catalyst, DreamSpring

Ms. Germaine Mitchell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. For more than twenty (20) years, Germaine Mitchell has organized and successfully implemented comprehensive fundraising programs, special events, regional meetings and conferences for organizations ranging from health to human services, faith-based to adult education, and environmental to at-risk children and family services. She earned her BS in Pre-Medicine from Texas Christina University, a NonProfit Management degree from the University of New Orleans and a Corporate Paralegal Studies degree (with honors) from the Professional Career Development Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.   In 2015, Germaine officially made New Mexico her permanent place of residency. 


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Dustie Wiggins 

Director of Development, Home Repair Services of Kent County

Dustie Wiggins serves as the Director of Development at Home Repair Services of Kent County, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that equips and empowers homeowners throughout Kent County. A native of West Michigan, Dustie obtained a B.A. degree in International and Comparative Politics from Western Michigan University and then went to Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She achieved her Juris Doctor degree in 1999. After practicing law in Oregon and Michigan, she joined the Resource Development Team at HRS in 2017. “I love that our work results in people of all backgrounds getting to experience the many benefits of owning their own home!”

 

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Press Release: 2021 ThinkGiving CGP Conference Scholarship Recipient Announced

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Indianapolis, IN – The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Conference Scholarship fund was established to offer educational opportunities to fundraising and charitable gift planning professionals. This year's 15 CGP Conference Scholarship recipients include: Cathy Asmus, Jaena Cotter, Etienne Easley, Joe Eelkema, Jessica El-Zeftawy, Sherrica Hunt, Tracy Karbus, Brianne Kilpatrick, Germaine Mitchell, Meredith Mohlke, Amber Sizer, Bethany Sullivan, Cheryl Ward, Dustie Wiggins, and Staci L. Young. 

The goal of the fund is to promote philanthropic planning techniques among a broad base of individuals. Each scholarship includes complimentary conference registration and a one-year CGP membership. 

Scholarships are funded through the generosity of individual donors and companies dedicated to supporting the broader profession of charitable gift planning. The scholarship donors include: Hibel Family Scholarship fund, George L. Wolff Memorial Scholarship Fund, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, ThinkGiving, Jon Abrams, Kent Weimer, and Kimberly Valentine.  

 

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Jaena Cotter

Planned Giving Officer, Foundation for Community Care

Jaena serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Foundation for Community Care. Jaena has the role of engaging donors, planning events, and working with internal and external social media marketing plans. Jaena joined the Foundation for Community Care in August of 2019 as the Foundation Assistant after just graduating from Montana State University – Billings with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. In 2020, her title changed to Community Engagement Coordinator. Now, Jaena plans to become a Certified Gift Planning Associate for the Foundation.

 

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Press Release: 2021 Chisholm Chisholm, & Kilpatrick LTD CGP Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Indianapolis, IN – The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Conference Scholarship fund was established to offer educational opportunities to fundraising and charitable gift planning professionals. This year's 15 CGP Conference Scholarship recipients include: Cathy Asmus, Jaena Cotter, Etienne Easley, Joe Eelkema, Jessica El-Zeftawy, Sherrica Hunt, Tracy Karbus, Brianne Kilpatrick, Germaine Mitchell, Meredith Mohlke, Amber Sizer, Bethany Sullivan, Cheryl Ward, Dustie Wiggins, and Staci L. Young. 

The goal of the fund is to promote philanthropic planning techniques among a broad base of individuals. Each scholarship includes complimentary conference registration and a one-year CGP membership. 

Scholarships are funded through the generosity of individual donors and companies dedicated to supporting the broader profession of charitable gift planning. The scholarship donors include: Hibel Family Scholarship fund, George L. Wolff Memorial Scholarship Fund, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Thinkgiving, Jon Abrams, Kent Weimer, and Kimberly Valentine.  

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Joe Eelkema

Chief Operations and Client Experience Officer, Cru Foundation

Joe Eelkema enjoys serving generous individuals and families who wish to steward resources with excellence and for great giving impact. He draws from over 10 years’ experience in charitable gift design, relationship management, asset management, and boutique donor services. Joe holds a Business Communications degree from Calvin University. He has also earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation and he takes great pleasure in supporting the planned giving conversations of other Cru development representatives who work with the Foundation.  

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Brianne Kilpatrick

Director of Major and Planned Gifts, Goddard Riverside

Brianne Kilpatrick is currently the Director of Annual Giving at Goddard Riverside with 10 years of experience in fundraising. Brianne's work at Goddard consists of raising money for the annual fund, engaging potential planned givers, building a junior board, and creating volunteer opportunities for corporate volunteers. Brianne is passionate about fundraising for communities and youth

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Cheryl Ward

Development Director, Santa Monica College Foundation

Cheryl is a nonprofit fundraising professional with a depth of experience built over 16 years serving education and child welfare organizations. Her work at Santa Monica College Foundation supports student success at Santa Monica College, a premier community college with 5 campuses distinguished for being #1 in transfers to UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University, among other top tier institutions. Cheryl earned a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Law at UCLA. and holds a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation.

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