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 Program 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


September 18
25th Building Blocks

Keynote speaker: Dr. Russell James
Professor of Charitable Financial Planning, Texas Tech University
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November 13
How the Savviest Nonprofits are Navigating Planned Giving Now
with Patrick W Schmitt, President & Co-CEO of FreeWill
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Friday, October 16
Why Ask Why – Approved for CFP credit.
with Jay Weisman,  Founder & Principal, Legacy Philanthropy Group.
The Legacy Philanthropy Group was founded to build bridges between nonprofits that provide the programs, expertise and infrastructure to make an impact in our communities, and the individuals and organizations that support the missions of these nonprofits with their time, talents, and money.

November 12
National Philanthropy Day – Legacy Giving Partnership Award

December 10, 2020
MACGP Holiday Event hosted by Kansas City Symphony

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Building Blocks Conference Registrant Information

Thanks to our partner, UMKC School of Law Continuing Legal Education department, for helping bring this conference to you in a virtual format.

If you need technical assistance at any point during the September 18 Building Blocks Conference, please contact the UMKC School of Law office at 816.235.1648 or umkccle@umkc.edu.  Additional contact numbers are provided below for your reference should you require further assistance.

816-235-1648 (main line)

816-235-6451 – Nicole Modica

816-235-6542 – Jesse Osman

816-235-6541 – Daniel McCarroll

816-235-6452 – Seth Snyder

816-918-9676 – Daniel McCarroll (cell)

COVID-19 Update

From all of us on the MACGP Board, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as we confront the effects of this unprecedented time.

As planned giving professionals, both practitioners and allied professionals, we are facing many unknowns as our society responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will be called on to reassure the worries of many, both personally and professionally. In times like these, it is comforting to have such an excellent network of experts to draw upon.

MACGP will continue to provide programming on pertinent planned giving topics to help us all navigate this crisis. These programs will, of course, be held in a virtual format until such a time as it is clear that it is once again safe to meet in person.

I encourage you all to reach out to one another for advice and fellowship throughout this time of social distancing. This trying time, like all such times, is temporary. Keep your networks strong and know that we will be stronger for having pulled together.


John K. Goodwin, 2020 Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners President

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