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2017 MPGC Annual Conference

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 265-4800

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MPGC's 41st Annual Conference & Brisk Walk
November 14-16, 2017
St. Paul RiverCentre


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Keynote Speakers

Bryan Clontz, CFP, CAP, President, Charitable Solutions, LLC

Bryan K. Clontz, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CAP, AEP
Bryan is the founder and President of Charitable Solutions, LLC, specializing in noncash asset receipt and liquidation, gift annuity reinsurance brokerage, gift annuity risk management audits, emergency assistance funds and life insurance appraisals/audits. More information on Bryan Clontz from the Charitable Solutions website.

Nathan Dungan, Founder and President, Share Save Spend

Nathan Dungan is the founder and president of Share Save Spend®. For over 20 years, Nathan has been an industry thought-leader on helping individuals and families align their money decisions with their values. Nathan speaks and consults with families and organizations on the topic of money and the effects of our consumer culture on money habits. More information on Nathan Dungan from the Share Save Spend Website.

Jim Hodge, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado

For more than 35 years Jim has worked with philanthropists at Bowling Green State university, Mayo Clinic and the University of Colorado. Focusing on gifts of significance, Jim has worked primarily with benefactors who have given more than one million dollars to the institutions he has served. He has been labelled a reflective practitioner, an individual who not only inspires philanthropy but also seeks to advance the best practices for the profession.

Robert Sharpe, Chairman, Sharpe Group

As Chairman of Sharpe Group, Robert Sharpe is a nationally recognized pioneer, leader and authority in the field of philanthropy. With more than 35 years of experience serving America’s nonprofit community, he consults nationally with educational, health, social service, arts and religious organizations and institutions in the planning and implementation of their major, planned gift and endowment development efforts. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Cornell Law School, he served as a development officer for a liberal arts college prior to practicing law with a major law firm specializing in taxation and estate planning.

Robert is chairman of the philanthropy editorial board of Trusts & Estates magazine and co-author of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Model Standards of Gift Valuation. He has served on the board of Giving USA and on strategic task forces for the CGP. Among other publications, his remarks have been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesNewsweekForbesSmart MoneyThe Chronicle of PhilanthropyTrusts & Estates and Kiplinger’s. He is a frequent speaker at local and national gatherings of fundraising executives, financial officers and others.

David Schultz, Professor, Hamline University; Political Analyst

Professor Schultz is the author of 30 books and 100+ articles on various aspects of American politics, election law, and the media and politics, and he is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national, and international media on these subjects including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, and National Public Radio.

At the January 2017 MPGC Breakfast meeting Professor Schultz spoke about the 2016 election and the future of charitable giving. If you missed it, he will be updating us at the MPGC Conference on what has transpired in 2017and how it affects the world of philanthropy. 

Danielle Oristian York, Director, 21/64

Danielle Oristian York is the Director at 21/64. She works with multi-generational families, the next generation and their advisors on multigenerational engagement, financial literacy, and empowering the next generation.

Danielle also speaks nationally on these topics, facilitates the #NextGenDonors Retreat for 21-40 year olds, and leads trainings on 21/64's approach. Danielle is passionate about presenting these complex ideas in an accessible format for audiences, utilizing 21/64 tools designed to evoke an awareness of self and build the capacity for change in individuals and systems.

Before 21/64, Danielle held positions at Pitcairn, a family office, and UBS. Serving multi-generational families, her multi-faceted roles included developing and delivering customized financial education, facilitation of family meetings and personalized coaching and mentorship.

Danielle earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication from James Madison University and completed the postgraduate program at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown. She is also a member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing. She lives in Boston with her husband and two young children in fear of the next polar vortex.

Breakout Speakers

Cindy Aegerter

Cindy Aegerter, CFRE Senior Gift Planner, InFaith Community Foundation Cindy Aegerter serves as a Senior Gift Planner and has been a member of the Charitable Giving Services team at InFaith Community Foundation since 2004. In her role as Senior Gift Planner, Cindy consults with donors and their financial advisors to develop giving solutions that meet their charitable and financial goals. She also regularly presents charitable planning educational seminars to groups of financial advisors around the country, and consults with them regularly on individual cases. In addition, she works with churches and faith-based nonprofits that hold their endowments at InFaith, to educate their supporters and promote planned giving. Cindy is a graduate of the University of Oregon, School of Journalism, and worked in public relations prior to moving into the nonprofit sector. Cindy serves on the Board of Directors for Simpson Housing Services, whose mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness; and on the Philanthropy Committee for Ecumen, which operates a variety of senior housing options and services. Cindy is a member of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, and has received certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International. She lives in Minneapolis and is active in her neighborhood association. |

Robert H. Chandler

Mark Egge

Mark Egge is the Senior Manager of Prospect Development at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where he oversees the organization's prospect research shop, is building out a robust prospect management program, and is driving the organization toward a more data-centric approach to fundraising. Prior to this Mark was Director of Prospect Research at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he ran a small, sophisticated prospect research program and led the College's prospecting, analytics, and prospect management efforts. He is a longtime volunteer, formerly serving as President of Apra-MN and sitting on various Apra-International committees and task forces. In 2015 he joined the Board of Directors of Apra International and in September 2017 he will take on the role of President-Elect of Apra.

Tom Glass

John Hanson

Sandra Henningsen

Sandra Henningsen, CGPA, Assistant Vice President for Crescendo Interactive, oversees GiftLegacy Planned Giving eMarketing services.  She mentors charities in establishing planned giving websites and marketing planned gifts using the branded website, eNewsletters, social media and royalty-free literature.  She speaks and teaches seminars in the area of eMarketing and gift planning.   She has presented at AFP International, CASE International, AHP International, MPGC, ALDE, CLA and various Regional Conferences.   Sandra has been part of the Crescendo staff for over 24 years.  Her Bachelor of Science degree in Education is from South Dakota State University. Contact:  800-858-9154  |

Robert Hofmann

Robert Hofmann is a native of the Twin Cities. For the past ten years, Mr. Hofmann has worked at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as Senior Development Officer with the UMD School of Fine Arts.  At UMD he has helped to raise more than $16M for student scholarships and programs. He is one of only 5,000 worldwide Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE), an internationally recognized credential within the fundraising profession. Before coming to UMD, Mr. Hofmann was involved in tall ships maritime education from 1997 through 2006 as executive director of the Providence Maritime Heritage Foundation that operated the tall ship Continental Sloop Providence. Hofmann was pivotal in spearheading the Foundations development and delivery of exceptional shipboard education programs that were recognized as a model partnership with Providence, RI Public Schools by Cambridge, MA based Abt Associates in 2002. While executive director he successfully negotiated with the Walt Disney Co. to have his vessel and crew appear in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Hofmann worked in Boston, Minneapolis and elsewhere as a professional actor appearing on stage and screen. He remains a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He appeared as a guest Equity artist in Duluth Playhouse production of Good People in January of 2014.  In the mid-90s, Mr. Hofmann worked with the City of Providence Rhode Island to promote film production and screenwriting throughout the state. He received two Mayoral Citations for his work. In 2006 he was appointed by Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri to serve on the Rhode Island Economic Monitoring Collaborative. He also served as a member of the RI Workforce Development/Education Council of the Greater Providence RI Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Rotary Club of Duluth Club #25 and the Knights of Columbus.  Mr. Hofmann is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Masters of Arts degree, and Saint John's University of Collegeville, MN. He lives with his wife Kathleen and dog Teddy in Hermantown, MN

Dana Holt

Dana Holt, JD, RICP, AEP Charitable Planning Specialist, HOLT Consulting Dana is the founder of HOLT Consulting where she guides charities, families, and financial advisors through complex charitable giving strategies.  She also trains development staff to better identify and facilitate major and planned gifts.  Dana spent four years as an Advanced Planning Consultant at a Fortune 500 financial services company.  There she guided and educated financial advisors from coast to coast through complex client matters such as tax planning, charitable giving, estate planning, real estate, social security and beyond.   Dana honed her charitable planning experience during her nine years as a Charitable Gift Planner at InFaith Community Foundation (formerly Lutheran Community Foundation).  There she helped to facilitate hundreds of planned gifts using everything from cash to crops to cows, real estate, royalties, and more.  Dana began her professional career as an estate planning attorney in the Twin Cities.  She graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Southern Illinois University.  She lives in Lauderdale, MN with her two retired racing greyhounds. |

Susan Hommes

Jolene Hyppa-Martin

Jay Kautt

Connie Kurth

Connie Kurth has worked in the Department of Development at the Mayo Clinic for eleven years.  She initially served as an ambassador by coordinating and facilitating benefactor patient care experiences.  She then moved into a Development Associate role where she identified, qualified and solicited gifts through face-to-face, telephone and email interactions. Since 2015 she has served as a Gift Planning Officer with the charge of enabling benefactors to find the  planned gift that best fits their needs and Mayo's goal of excellence in healthcare, medical research and education.  Connie has been married to her husband Ken for 29 years and they have three grown children.

Mark Ladendorf, Senior Relationship Manager, TIAA Kaspick

Prior to joining TIAA Kaspick in 2008, Mark Ladendorf was President and CEO of The Lutheran Hour Ministries Foundation and Director of Advancement for Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis, MO. He has over 20 years of experience in gift planning and fundraising management. He has served on the national board of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives and as co-chair of the 2007 International Educational Conference. Mr. Ladendorf received a BA in Economics and International Studies from American University, Washington, DC and an MA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Marc Littlecott

Sheryl Morrison


For more than 25 years, Sheryl Morrison has focused her practice in the areas of estate and wealth planning, transfer tax strategies, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, creation and administration of charitable trusts and nonprofit organizations, and guardianships and conservatorships. She helps clients accomplish their objectives for management, protection, and preservation of their wealth through strategies which minimize taxes and promote effective ongoing family management of assets. Sheryl’s practice also focuses on philanthropy planning through creating, qualification, and operation and administration of nonprofit and tax-exempt entities, as well as counseling higher education institutions, health care organizations, and other charities about their charitable gift acquisition programs and administration practices.

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson, CFRE, CGPA Director Gift Planning Benedictine Health System For 30 years Scott Nelson has worked with donors to help them make personally significant gifts of cash, appreciated assets, and create financial plans that achieve their charitable goals.  Scott has managed people, budgets, programs and events for many organizations including Gillette Specialty HealthCare, United Hospital, the Saint Paul Foundation, and Children's Hospital of St. Paul among others.  Currently Scott is Director Planned Giving for Benedictine Health Systems.  He is a Certified Fund Raising Professional, Certified Gift Planning Associate, former chair of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council and current co-chair of Leave a Legacy Minnesota.

Ruby Pediangco

Ruby A. Pediangco, JD is an advanced strategies counsel with Securian Financial Services, Inc. in St. Paul, MN. Working with Securian financial advisors nationwide, she answers gift, tax, estate, charitable and business succession planning questions related to the creation of client financial plans. Prior to Securian, Ruby spent 15 years in the nonprofit sector. First, as a gift planner with InFaith Community Foundation, then with the Minnesota Orchestra as the director of planned giving. Ruby earned her law degree from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine.

Mary Ellis Peterson

Mary Ellis has been active in estate planning and planned giving for many years as a senior paralegal at Dorsey & Whitney, as assistant planned giving director at the University of Minnesota Foundation, as planned giving officer and philanthropic services advisor at The Minneapolis Foundation, and currently with next Level Giving, Inc. and Thompson & Associates.

She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute (Wilder Foundation) and has earned a Mini-MBA in Nonprofit Management from St. Thomas University and is a FCEP (Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning).

Mary Ellis has a passion for social justice, history, and empowering women and children. She is an avid genealogist and has served on the boards of the Minnesota DAR and Colonial Dames in Minnesota. She has also been a director of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, Ann Bancroft Foundation, Lakselaget ("Women who swim against the stream"), the Larry Brown Education Foundation, the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council, and several creative writing organizations. She also loves kayaking.

Lynn Praska

Abraham Schwager

Abraham T. Schwager is an attorney with Chandler and Brown, Ltd. where he focuses on estate planning and business planning.  He assists his clients with comprehensive estate planning, including wealth preservation, wealth transfer, charitable giving, and asset protection techniques.  He also works extensively with business owners on formation of business entities, business transition strategies, and sales of businesses.  Due to his strong agricultural background, he counts many farm families among his clients.  Mr. Schwager frequently presents on the topics of estate planning, business planning, and charitable giving.  He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Mr. Schwager earned his B.S., with distinction, from Iowa State University, and his J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.

Chuck Semrow

Cheryl Sturm

With over 30 years of global communications and marketing experience, Cheryl is responsible for the overall market positioning of the Stelter brand. With strong expertise in strategic planning, market research and results measurement, she is well suited to helping nonprofits develop and execute segmented programs designed to maximize results. Cheryl graduated from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with an emphasis on economics. Before joining The Stelter Company in 2013, Cheryl worked for 10 years in the biotech industry and with Young & Rubicam Advertising's Midwest office as Senior Vice President, Account Group Director.

Justin Ware

A thought-leader in the non-profit sector, Justin Ware is a fundraising and content marketing expert. Justin’s work spans non-profits, higher education, and media. In 2009, Justin was the executive producer on one of the first ever YouTube videos to win an Emmy. The “Science of Watchmen” video has been viewed nearly 2 million times and was also nominated for a Webby. Justin began his career in television before joining the University of Minnesota and then Bentz Whaley Flessner. After this, Justin worked at Ruffalo Noel Levitz leading digital fundraising strategy as well as product management for Annual Giving. Justin has spoken at numerous conferences, and led consulting engagements for universities and non-profits across the country. In his spare time, Justin can be found rooting for the Minnesota Vikings and Gophers, skiing, hiking with his dog, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children.

Fredrick Weber

Fred Weber leads the Estate Settlement Services Practice for Northern Trust Company's Central Region.  In this role, Fred manages the team that handles all aspects of complex, death- related administration of estates and trusts when the Northern Trust Company acts as a fiduciary for a client who has died. Prior to joining the Northern Trust Company, Fred worked at another corporate fiduciary, and before that, he was in private law practice as a trust and estate attorney.  He also worked as a planned giving officer for a large charity, and before law school, Fred worked in Washington, DC for the late U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone (D-MN).  Fred has presented to the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the Chicago Estate Planning Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Fred is also an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School where he teaches a course on death-related administration of estates and trusts.  In addition to his professional activities, Fred is a board member and past president of Shalva: A Response to Domestic Abuse in Jewish Homes. Fred received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Ben Webster

Jennifer White

Michael Ziomko


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

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