Welcome From Our President

As I take over a growing organization that has benefited from the efforts and contributions of so many, I want to recognize past presidents of MACGP along with so many tireless volunteers and donors. As we enter 2020, I offer my gratitude to our board and my predecessor for building on this foundation with membership growth at its highest levels along with a healthy mix of programs, diverse networking events, and the very popular Building Blocks program. We also co-sponsored for the first time a Philanthropy Partnership Award with AFP on National Philanthropy Day.

This year we planned on holding the first Planned Giving 101 Symposium on April 30 from 8:30am to 1pm.  Due to COVID-19, that has been reschedule for April 29, 2021.

I also want to offer a special sincere thank you to our sponsors who have enabled MACGP to expand its programs and events and raise the profile of the organization.

My commitment to the community is that we will work to provide top-notch gift planning education, diverse networking as well as real leadership development opportunities. I would like to urge members to volunteer on one of our committees so that you may contribute your talents and develop as a professional in the process.

Our primary audience are professionals who have influence in the arena of gift planning. Some of our members have no experience in gift planning, but want to learn more, while others have been in the field for more than 40 years!! This diverse audience gives wonderful opportunities for learning across the board and promotes collaboration that leads to the best planning.

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Upcoming Events


Friday, April 10, 2020    7:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Retirement Accounts – How the Secure Act Affects Charitable Gift Planning, Especially CRT’s with Christopher Hoyt – Professor of Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law
Details and Registration

Tuesday, April 28, 2020   12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Webinar: To Infinity and Beyond! Drafting Gift Agreements That Will Stand The Test Of Time
Registration & Details

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Planned Giving Basics – PG101
Rescheduled to 2021 – refunds being issued

Friday, May 8, 2020    7:50 – 9:00 AM
A Gift’s Journey from Donor’s Death to Charitable Recipient
with Jim Hart & Stephanie Smith – Attorneys at Law
Details and Registrations

Tuesday, May 19, 2020    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Webinar: Talking About Death: Planned Giving & End of Life Planning
Registration & Details

Pending Approval

Thursday, June 11
Morning Social at City Union Mission

Friday, July 10, 2020    7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Donor Case Studies: 2.0 with Kirby Gould – Vice President, Christian Church Foundation & Kevin Kirby, American Red Cross
Details and Registration

Thursday, July 16
Evening Social at Country Club Bank on the Plaza

August 14
A Panel of Members Facilitated by MarketSmart

September 18
25th Building Blocks
Keynote speaker: Dr. Russell James
Professor of Charitable Financial Planning, Texas Tech University

Friday, October 16
Rebecca Locke, Executive Director, Gift Planning at the American Red Cross

November 12
National Philanthropy Day
Legacy Giving Partnership Award

November 13
Lynn Malzone Ierardi, JD Director of Gift Planning University of Pennsylvania

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The Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners (MACGP) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1988. MACGP was established to help local fund development professionals in the Kansas/Missouri region improve their charitable gift planning and management skills.

Our membership includes development professionals from a variety of academic, religious, health, cultural, social organizations as well as consultants such as attorneys, accountants, financial planners, trust administrators, investment specialists and insurance specialists.

MACGP promotes charitable planned giving, advances the education and professional expertise of MACGP members and encourages networking and peer-support among our members.

MACGP is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners

Remember Charity in Your Estate Plan!
Many people give generously during their lifetimes by making current cash gifts to their favorite charities such as religious organizations, schools, and nonprofit agencies. But many do not consider the possibility of including these organizations in their estate planning. Remembering charity in your will or other estate plan will help ensure the continued existence of the charities you’ve always supported. It can allow you to preserve and pass on your values and be remembered for what you gave rather than what you had.

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