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Webinars – Planned Giving Insights and Expertise

PG Calc Webinars bring the skill and experience of the industry’s top practitioners to your office! PG Calc consultants and carefully selected guest presenters deliver the most up to date knowledge and insights on important gift planning topics. Here are just a few of the reasons why thousands of gift planners and their colleagues attend our Webinars each year:

  • Participate from wherever you wish. All you need is an internet connection!
  • One hour of formal presentation plus one half-hour for questions provides a golden opportunity to expand your knowledge and get your questions answered by an expert.
  • A detailed paper and a pdf of the presenter’s slides help you retain what you’ve learned.
  • CFRE and, in some cases, CFP continuing education credit.  Learn more.
  • Each session costs just $95 per site. You can invite as many people as you want to attend with you for the same low price.

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2015 Monthly Webinar Schedule

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Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets
January 22
Keeping the Bequest Stream Flowing
February 26
Attracting Gifts Through Beneficiary Designations
March 26
Using Data Analytics to Improve Planned Gift Prospecting
April 30
Overcoming Common Stumbling Blocks to Planned Gifts
May 27
Adventures in Accepting Restricted Gifts
June 25
More Problem Solving with Planned Gifts
July 30
10 Practical Planned Giving Ideas for the Current Environment
August 27
Stewardship of Planned Gift Donors
September 24
The Best Metrics for Measuring PG Marketing Success
October 29
The Pooled Income Fund at 45 – Consider the Possibilities!
November 19
Planned Giving for Younger Donors
December 17

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If the live presentation is not convenient for all of your colleagues, you have a few options:

  • Register for the event. If no one at your site joins the live presentation, you will automatically receive an A/V replay via email within approx. 24 hours for the live session. This replay will be good for up to two viewings.
  • Register for the event + CD recording. Purchasing the recording at the time of registration offers a $50 savings, and you will have the recorded presentation for reference and future trainings at your organization.
  • A final option is available for those who want only the recorded version. Webinar recordings are available for $150, starting approximately 2 weeks after each live session.

Archived Webinars

Recordings of all past PG Calc Webinars are available for purchase. Each recording includes the audio and visual portions of the Webinar, as well as the handouts that were provided to attendees. Each recording includes approximately one hour of formal presentation followed by about a half-hour of answering questions from the live audience.

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Private Live Webinars

Have you attended a PG Calc Webinar that you'd like to share with others?  Our presenters are happy to repeat any of our Webinars exclusively for your audience. 

Please contact Michael Heep at 888-474-2252 or for more information or to schedule your private Webinar.

Continuing Education Credit

Each Webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of CFRE Continuing Education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. To apply for CFRE credit, after viewing the Webinar email your name (first and last name) and email address to Jennifer Wickham.

The Webinars listed below are also approved for 1.5 CFP* credits each. Prerequisite: None. Course level: Basic. Instructional method: Group-internet. You must attend the live Webinar to earn CFP points. To apply for CFP credit, after viewing the Webinar email your name (first and last name) and CFP number to Jennifer Wickham.

All other Webinars scheduled in 2015 are not approved for CFP credit.

*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Individual Webinar Class Details

Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets
As of the end of 2013, Americans held $23 trillion in their retirement plans, of which $6.5 trillion were in IRAs and another $4.2 trillion in 401(k)s. That's "trillion" with a "t." Not only is the value of the assets Americans hold in retirement plans almost unimaginably huge, but these assets can be among the most tax-efficient and therefore attractive sources of charitable gifts. They also raise tax issues that most other types of assets don’t. This Webinar will first answer the question: “What are retirement plan assets?” It will then explore the possibilities for giving retirement plan assets during life and at death, including the tax considerations in each case and the latest on the status of the charitable IRA rollover.
Date: January 22
Presenter: Bill Laskin
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Keeping the Bequest Stream Flowing
For charities large and small, bequests are the largest source of planned giving revenue. But bequests don't just happen. Proactively marketing, educating, and soliciting bequests from your donor base is required to keep up a steady, and hopefully increasing, flow of bequest revenue. Drawing from the latest research on bequest donor behavior, this webinar will offer practical ideas to make the bequest decision easy and compelling.  
Date: February 26
Presenter: Jeff Lydenberg
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Attracting Gifts Through Beneficiary Designations
Similar to - but even simpler than - a bequest, a planned gift made by means of a beneficiary designation offers more than just simplicity. All such gifts avoid the probate process, and some offer tax benefits as well. This webinar will cover the many types of possible beneficiary designation arrangements, suggest ways to promote them, and review various stewardship and gift administration considerations.
Date: March 26
Presenter: Bill Zook
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Using Data Analytics to Improve Planned Gift Prospecting
Over the past decade, philanthropic organizations have been developing analytics and data mining to assist in fundraising. In this presentation we’ll consider where Analytics can fit into Gift Planning, and the insights it can provide.

Common wisdom is that the best prospect for a planned gift is a consistent, loyal donor.  This is essentially true, but modeling improves our definition of “loyalty” as a reflection of love of the institution and with greater loyalty comes a greater likelihood that a donor will make a substantial planned gift.  In the gift history of any organization, there are likely to be unexpected insights into what constitutes loyalty, discoverable through Analytics. That’s certainly been the case at the University of Texas.

Analytics cannot pick winners, but it can throw away losers faster than the best gift officer.  If the gift is a needle in the haystack, data analysis is the vacuum cleaner to suck away the hay.  Your Analytics journey can begin with the information you have today, with the analyst as your guide and scout.
Date: April 30
Presenter: Chuck McClenon, Fundraising Scientist, University of Texas at Austin
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Overcoming Common Stumbling Blocks to Planned Gifts
Many donors want to make a planned gift, yet hesitate to do so for one reason or another. Other donors agree to make a certain planned gift, but it just never seems to come about. This session will discuss some of the most common objections raised by donors and other stumbling blocks you might encounter, and suggest ways to overcome them. Being prepared to help your donors work through their concerns or inertia can result in happier donors and more gifts for your organization.
Date: May 27
Presenter: Alison O'Carroll
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Adventures in Accepting Restricted Gifts
Whether and how to accept gifts with benefactor restrictions is a dance to which every gift officer is invited frequently.  Elaine’s presentation will focus on how to negotiate the steps of the dance without stepping on the toes of your partners — whether they are benefactors or institutional leaders. During her discussion, she will explore processes for evaluating and accepting restricted gifts, as well as strategies for directing benefactor interest to broader institutional priorities.
Date: June 25
Presenter: Elaine Eberhart, Chair, Department of Development, Mayo Clinic in Florida
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More Problem Solving with Planned Gifts
Frank's Webinar last year on this same theme was so well-received that we've asked him to do it again with a new set of cases. Here's his description. Sometimes a particular instrument, such as a charitable remainder trust or gift annuity, is an obvious solution for a donor situation.  However, in many instances, involving complicated property, complex family dynamics, or both, the solution could be a combination of charitable instruments or possibly charitable instruments paired with non-charitable actions. In all cases, the gift vehicles should be viewed not as things to be promoted, but rather as tools to solve problems posed by the donor's situation. This webinar will present a number of new case studies, typical of the ones that gift planners may encounter, and demonstrate creative ways to overcome obstacles and devise appealing solutions to donor situations.
Date: July 30
Presenter: Frank Minton, Principal, Frank Minton Consulting LLC
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10 Practical Planned Giving Ideas for the Current Environment
Charitable planning can be challenging against a backdrop of rapidly fluctuating investment markets, low interest rates, increased gift and estate tax exclusion amounts, higher income tax rates, and a tightening legislative environment. While donors are continuing to give, they are seeking ways to maximize results. Join us to learn:

  • The details of the current charitable gift planning environment and how those factors affect planning decisions;
  • Easy and tax-effective strategies for lifetime giving;
  • Effective strategies for testamentary charitable giving for non-taxable estates;
  • Strategies for asset selection;
  • Charitable strategies for retirement planning;
  • Charitable strategies to care for elderly parents, children, and grandchildren; and
  • Charitable options in selling a business.
Date: August 27
Presenter: Kathryn Miree, President, Kathryn W. Miree & Associates, Inc.
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Stewardship of Planned Gift Donors
Many equate stewardship of planned giving donors to holding an annual event and stop there. While an event can be a good starting point, it is not for every organization and it should not be the end of the stewardship effort. This session will explore the many other ways to steward your donors throughout the year and to make the most of your opportunities. In addition to the activities that can be done, we'll talk about the emotional aspect of stewardship and the state of mind that will help you be truly successful. Practical examples from years in the field will be shared to help illustrate how you can strengthen stewardship of planned gift donors at your organization.
Date: September 24
Presenter: Alison O'Carroll Associate Director, Planned Giving, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and Sara Elward, recently retired Manager of Gift Planning at KCTS 
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The Best Metrics for Measuring PG Marketing Success
Measurement is what makes marketing a science, rather than a tradition.  Unfortunately, for many non-profits, reporting and analysis is often missing.  As such, you may never know why a certain gift annuity mailer works, while another planned gift marketing effort fails. Solid metrics will give you the insight you need to overcome this hurdle of uncertainty so that you can generate better results from your marketing. Whether you’re just starting out or you need to overhaul your existing marketing strategy, you will want to attend this discussion of the top planned gift marketing metrics you should be tracking.
Date: October 29
Presenter: Andrew Palmer
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The Pooled Income Fund at 45 – Consider the Possibilities!
Born in 1969, the Pooled Income Fund (PIF) was the vehicle of choice for thousands of donors in the 1970s and 1980s who were interested in life income gift arrangements.  The combination of relatively low minimum gift sizes and annual income distributions in the 10-15% range made PIFs an attractive option for a broad range of donors, and charities were eager to create and promote them.

Over the past 20 years, however, as interest rates have fallen steadily to historically low levels, fewer and fewer donors have been attracted to PIFs. In many cases, the sponsoring charity is simply waiting for the last few participants to pass away so that its PIF can be discontinued. But is that the only solution? With PIF deductions historically high and the Fed poised to let interest rates rise again, now may be the perfect time for your organization to create a new PIF (or PIFs), or to start promoting a long dormant one. Perhaps a “single purpose” PIF is just what your institution needs to move a capital project forward. Maybe a PIF with a balanced or growth-oriented investment objective would be a great way for your organization to attract life income donors in their 50s and 60s. On the other hand, if your charity is determined to close an existing PIF, waiting for the last participant to die is not the only option. Gary and Jeffrey will address these topics and more during a lively discussion of the much maligned Pooled Income Fund.
Date: November 19
Presenter: Gary Pforzheimer and Jeffrey Frye
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Planned Giving for Younger Donors
The American Council on Gift Annuities 2013 study of gift annuity donor behavior reports the average age at first annuity is 79. Nonetheless, there are planned giving solutions that can be attractive to much younger donors. Younger in this case is relative. This webinar will not suggest marketing planned giving to those in their teens and 20's. Younger in this case means donors who are pre-retirement or immediately post-retirement age. Applying lessons from the latest research on donor behavior, this webinar will suggest ideas for using life income for retirement planning, easy, flexible ways to leave a bequest and how to tap the well of non-traditional planned giving donors. Jeff will discuss a variety of case studies to illustrate these concepts in practice.
Date: December 17
Presenter: Jeff Lydenberg
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