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Established in 2008, the Clinton A. Schroeder Distinguished Service Award recognizes the contributions of Clinton A. Schroeder to the charitable and planned giving community in Minnesota and across the nation.



Clinton A. Schroeder

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Purpose of Award

The Clinton A. Schroeder Distinguished Service Award is bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the field of charitable gift planning. The Minnesota Planned Giving Council established the Award in honor of Clinton A. Schroeder, a principal in Gray Plant Mooty's Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning group, who inspires and serves as a role model for generations of gift planners. The inaugural Award was bestowed on Clinton A. Schroeder at the 2008 MPGC annual conference, and subsequent Awards shall be presented annually to a leader in the field of charitable gift planning to recognize and encourage outstanding service and exceptional leadership.


A highly respected, past or present member of MPGC (or another local planned giving council if not from Minnesota), who has served and advanced the profession of gift planning, as a development professional, non-profit executive, financial or professional advisor, attorney, tax advisor, accountant, life insurance agent, etc., and who has made an outstanding impact on charitable giving through service and leadership that has furthered philanthropic planning.

Nominations that are not selected in the year they are nominated remain eligible for consideration the subsequent year.


  • Completed Nomination Form.
  • Nomination letter from a member in good standing of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a present or past supervisor or professional colleague who can attest to the Nominee’s leadership capabilities and service to the field; and one from a personal friend or colleague familiar with the Nominee’s extraordinary service to non-profit community organizations or charitable activities.


  • A call for nominations is distributed via the summer newsletter.
  • Nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2017. They are then sent to the committee for review.
  • Nominees will be notified on or before October 21 about whether or not they have been awarded.
  • The award will be presented on opening day of the Annual Conference.


Schroeder Award Selection Committee

The Past Chair of the MPGC Board chairs the Selection Committee and reaches out to other Board members, Conference Chair, Program Chair and Clint Schroeder himself for participation on the Selection Committee. Clinton Schroeder is invited to participate on the selection committee as long as he wishes to participate, or another award recipient in his place.

Past Recipients

2016 Recipient: Robert Harding

The Minnesota Planned Giving Council (MPGC) is proud to announce Robert Harding as the 2016 Clinton A. Schroeder Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Initially mentored by Clint Schroeder, Bob Harding has been practicing law for over 30 years at Gray Plant Mooty and has focused in the tax and charitable development area that entire time. He works with nonprofit clients to advise them about gift planning and chairs the firm's Charitable Development Team.

Bob has developed a regional and national reputation of excellence in the area of charitable development and planned giving. He regularly speaks at the ACGA's biannual conference, MPGC's annual conference and has been invited to speak at ALDE conferences. He is the creator of seminars and webinars that are broadcast regionally to audiences of nonprofit staff and advisors and he publishes a periodic newsletter providing information of interest to nonprofits in our region and nationally. He advises nonprofit organizations across the country that seek out his expertise.

Bob has also been a mentor and resource to many of his colleagues and charitable organization clients. He regularly trains young professionals in charitable development topics and frequently advises nonprofit and estate planning lawyers about complex charitable giving questions. He conducts training and informational sessions for nonprofits and their development staff and speaks to groups of nonprofit donors about charitable strategies.

Bob has been a particularly important resource to and supporter of the gift planning community in Minnesota. His regular support of MPGC's annual conference through speaking appearances provides members with an opportunity to learn from a true master in planned giving. His work with charitable organizations in the region has led to many millions of dollars of charitable/planned gifts to support the current and future work of those organizations. He is known for his ability to structure complex gifts that meet donors' needs and further the missions of those organizations and for helping charities resolve difficult gifts and satisfy demanding donors.

Bob has immeasurably enriched the MPGC community with his generous contributions of experience, expertise and his commitment to furthering gift planning.


View a list of past recipients here


Thank you to MPGC Benefiting Sponsor, Crescendo Interactive, and Supporting Sponsor, US Bank Charitable Services Group

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