Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee is committed to advocating for public policy that protects and supports the ability of individuals to freely donate to charities in a multitude of ways to advance their charitable missions and continue to serve those who depend upon their services.  We will identify emerging issues and potentially organize a response in the best interest of our MACGP members in their work within their organizations and with their donor population.  

The Committee will encourage our membership to promote the value of the charitable giving profession to legislators and other policymakers in order to ensure a positive legislative and regulatory environment for charitable giving. 

We will lean considerably on the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) whose resources and lobbyists in DC are working tirelessly to ensure tax policy specifically and other laws continue to favor charitable giving.  This policy is not a matter of providing a reward or something of value to the taxpayer; rather, it encourages those with financial means, however modest, to use their wealth to support charitable causes of their choosing to help others and improve the lot of society as a whole.

Specifically, MACGP in concert with CGP wants to protect and enhance individual charitable giving incentives like the charitable deduction and qualified charitable distributions from IRAs as well as outright, estate or life-income vehicles such as gifts from a donor’s will or trust, gifts of stock and appreciated assets, life insurance, personal property, real estate, and retirement plans and gifts that pay income like charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds.

Such efforts and proper legislative policy send an essential message about the value society places on voluntary giving and the important role charitable organizations play in meeting critical individual and community needs.

CHAIR: John Goodwin, CAP, CLU, Northwestern Mutual


Joseph D. Growney, JD, Lathrop GPM