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November 2018: An Insider's View: The Planned Parenthood Bequest Challenge

Presenter: Tari Hendrickson, CFRE - Director of Planned Gifts for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: Social at 11:45 AM, Program 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Downtown Iowa City, 6th Floor of MidWestOne Bank across from the Old Capitol Town Center

Join us in to hear about how over $360 million dollars in future support was documented with $20 million dollars in matching cash - in less than two years. Learn about how this concept can be scaled for charities of all sizes - in the Midwest! Planned Parenthood of Iowa and Nebraska was the top affiliate in the nation for results in this campaign.

Lunch will be provided - please RSVP to eipgcevents@gmail.com to ensure we plan for you and to share any dietary restrictions. 

Finally, come a little early to socialize with your fellow members! Bring your nametag and show up a little before the program starts at noon to enjoy fellowship with fellow gift planning professionals.

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​​September 2018: The New Economics of Charitable Giving after the 2017 Federal Tax Act

Joint session of AFPEI and Held Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council

Presenter: Paul Morf, attorney at Simmors Perrine Moyer Bergman
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: Registration at 3:30 PM, Program at 4 PM
Location: Cedar Ridge, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher, IA 52338

Ready for the year-end giving push? As fundraisers entering our busiest time of year, we need to be fully versed on new tax laws. The 2017 federal tax updates changed many of the tax incentives that encourage individuals to support non-profits. Attorney Paul Morf from Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman helped prepare us for conversations with our most generous donors, and shared a top 10 list of strategies to consider going forward.

May 2018: Year-End Program and Party

Program: Lessons Learned on the Planned Giving Battlefield​
Presenter: Brenda Haefner, Vice President for Advancement & Alumni Relations for Mount Mercy University 
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: Hotel at Kirkwood, Meeting Room A - 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

​A veteran of the fundraising world, Brenda has an extensive background in Development with the former Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, The University of Iowa Foundation and now Mount Mercy University and joins us for our annual year-end program, election of officers and party to share her top lessons learned in her current and past roles. As ever, this is a great opportunity to connect with your fellow planned giving professionals at our annual party over appetizers and beverages. Come learn from one of our best members and close the year with us! 

February 2018: The Savvy Planned Giver

Presenter: Dick Schwab, local philanthropist
Date: Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Solon High School Center for the Performing Arts Lobby - 600 5th Street Solon, IA 52333

Local philanthropist, entrepreneur and barn builder Dick Schwab joins us to give us a picture of how a savvy philanthropist evaluates opportunities presented to him and how he works to reach his philanthropic goals with planned gifts. We also get to see the new Solon High School Center for the Performing Arts, so come a few minutes early to enjoy this local gem.


November 2017: Seven Steps to Start a Planned Gift Program (Even If You're Small Or On a Budget)

Presenter: Gordon Fischer, Gordon Fischer Law Firm
Date: Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room D

​As a local attorney with extensive non-profit work experience, Gordon has seen the planned giving process from every side. Gordon works as a consultant in our world and will be giving us insights focused on the beginning stages of a planned giving program. If you want to start a planned giving program or understand what a seasoned professional sees as critical steps for a planned giving program, this is for you. This is also an excellent program to educate non-profit board members on the basics of planned giving.

Philanthropic Trends, A View from the Community Foundation
Presenter: Susan Willey, Director of Planned Giving, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

​Susan's background in legislative tax bills, work as a Partner as RSM US and as an attorney Simmons Perrine Moyer & Bergman gives her a great perspective on many sides of the gift planning that she shared with us. Her presentation focused on:

- Trends the Community Foundation sees with respect to endowed funds
- Their initiatives to respond to the questions of generous families who want to involve the next generation in their charitable giving
- Interesting programs that they are undertaking in partnership with other nonprofits
- Tax trends the Community Foundation is seeing in charitable giving

Questions to Start Gift Planning Conversations
Presenter: Greg Sharkey, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

​Greg shared a number of questions for donors that often lead to conversations that result in charitable gifts. He will illustrate how these questions eventually lead to gifts through a series of brief stories, and will invite attendees to share their stories as well. Social will follow presentation.

Transformational Legacy Gifts
Presenter: Chuck Swanson, Executive Director, Hancher
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chuck Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, discussed transformational legacy gifts during the Rebuilding Hancher Auditorium fund campaign, donor motivation, the process of securing gifts and the long term impact of these gifts. After the program, attendees had an opportunity to tour the new building and shop in the Hancher Showcase.


Webinar: Strategic Stewardship for Planned Giving Programs
Presenter: Katherine Swank, J.D., bCRP, Senior Consultant, Target Analytics (a division of Blackbaud Inc.)
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

​True donor stewardship begins before you know that a gift has been made and continues even after the donor has passed away. A simple, yet strategic stewardship program welcomes your legacy givers into the organization's highest ranks and provides them with a two-way relationship throughout their lives. Building an intentional bond with these future major donors improves your chances or receiving increased gifts from them now, as well as increased or additional legacy gifts in the future. With the average bequest in the U.S. hovering around $60,000, you can't afford to alienate your planned gift donors.

Hit The Easy Button On Gifts of Complex Assets
Presenter: Johni Hayes, JD, FCEP, Senior Vice President of Thompson and Associates
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

​It's becoming more common for donors to offer the charities they care about donations of assets that are far more sophisticated than the typical gift of cash or securities. And they may be looking to gift planners for guidance. Attendees uncovered the mystery behind gifts of complex assets in this session. Johni Hays, J.D. discussed an array of complex assets, outlining the various tax advantages-and disadvantages-for the donor, and highlighted issues they may bring to organizations. Attendees learned a methodology to determine when a gift of each type makes sense for the donor and for organizations.

Donor Stories...Why Do We Give?
Panelists: Tyler Olson, CEO of Paulson Electric and President of SiteGen Solar, Herbert A. Wilson, philanthropist and Timothy J. Krumm, attorney with Meardon, Sueppel and Downer  
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

EIPGC moderated a panel of donors who will spoke about their personal and compelling reasons for giving, positive giving experiences, negative experiences and the impact of their giving on themselves and the organizations they support.

Maximizing Planned​ Giving Through Relationships with Financial Advisors
​Presenter: Gary D. Speicher, CLU, ChFC, Registered Representative, Financial Planning Services, Premier Investments of Iowa  
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Planned Giving Best Practices for Any Program
Presenters: Patty McCarthy, Director of Development - Iowa City Public Library and Susan Hagan, J.D., Executive Director of Development - University of Iowa Foundation 
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How to Increase Donor Engagement through Email: Case Studies on Effective Email Communication
Presenter: Tyler Bacon, Integrated Marketing Specialist, Crescendo Interactive, Inc. 
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

IRD Assets and Beneficiary Designations
Presenter: Dave Knutson, ChFC, Investment Advisor Representative, Voya Financial Advisors, INC.

Uncovering Donor Passion: Advancing the Conversation
Presented by Josh Hanson, The Stelter Company

What is the key to getting a donor to give to your organization now and for years to come? Passion for your cause. To uncover that passion, you'll need to take a close look at your audience and how you are communicating with them. Through the use of practical tips and real-life case studies, this presentation will help you evaluate your program and get a leg up on the competition.

ABC's of Family Dynamics
Presented by Dave Lewis, Advancement Resources 

This session will address three critical steps to better engage donors and their families from one generation to the next. Through video segments of donors and development professionals from across the country, participants will have the opportunity to explore family factors that might influence donor decision-making, and identify strategies for building more meaningful connections with each family member.

Endowed vs. Non-Endowed Donor-Advised Gift Funds
Presented by Mark Ahlers and Jeffrey Ritchie, Hills Bank & Trust Company 

With the use and popularity of donor advised funds growing significantly in recent years, there are many options for donors to choose from. From community foundations to for-profit institutions both local and national, equipping donors with the right information can seem daunting. However, donor advised funds have many advantages including ease of use, immediate charitable deductions, favorable percentage limitations, donor recognition and donor involvement via non-binding advice. Mark Ahlers and Jeffrey Ritchie of Hills Bank and Trust Company will join us to discuss their experiences with both endowed and non-endowed donor-advised gift funds and give practical advice to share with donors as well as further resources.

IRA Charitable Rollover
The Charitable IRA Rollover allows taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to make distributions from their IRA directly to qualified public charities in an amount up to $100,000. This provision of The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) was extended through December 31, 2013. Join us to learn more about this valuable, yet fleeting opportunity, for your donors and clients

Leave a Legacy
These partners help promote the message that people from all walks of life can “make a difference in the lives that follow” through a charitable bequest. Learn how they can help raise awareness for your organization.

The Science of Gifts
Hear about the latest trends and research around motivating gifts.

Universal Life: Be Sure It's Right 
Many universal life insurance policyholders who faithfully made payments for years have discovered that the policies that were to be their retirement nest eggs are nearly exhausted. Are your clients or organizations holding these policies? Find out how to stop the erosion of these assets.

How to Motivate Planned Gifts From All Generations
Presenter: Nathan Stelter, Stelter Company
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How Best to Engage Board Members in Planned Giving
Presenters: Community Panelists
Date: May 14, 2013

The Power of Half
​Presenter: Kevin Salwen
Date: October 16, 2012

How to Transfer Real Property Without Getting Dirty
Presenter: Bill Neppl, Bradley & Riley, P.C.
Date: January 8, 2013