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When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
7:30 AM
Where: Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham St
St. Paul, Minnesota  55113
United States

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MPGC January 2018 Breakfast Meeting and Education Program

January 23, 2018


Midland Hills Country Club 
2001 Fulham Street
Roseville, Minnesota 55113


Registration begins at 7:30 am on January 23, 2018. The Breakfast Meeting begins at 8:00 am.

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.   Registration & Networking
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Breakfast Meeting
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Registration & Networking
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.   Education Program
11:00 a.m.   Adjourn


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Breakfast Meeting

Education Program

Breakfast Meeting & Education Program

Breakfast Meeting

2018 Tax and Economic Outlook

The first year of the Trump Administration benefited from a relatively healthy economy, and set the stage for dramatic changes in the US tax system -- with serious implications for charitable giving.  While donors don’t decide to make a contribution solely for tax reasons, tax incentives can make a big difference in the amount they contribute. This presentation will examine the current status and likely effects of federal tax changes affecting charitable giving, present an overview of economic trends within Minnesota’s nonprofit sector, and spotlight several emerging issues that will affect this field in the years ahead.


Jon Pratt, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Jon Pratt is the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, an association of 2,000 organizations that sponsors research, training, lobbying and negotiated discounts to strengthen Minnesota's nonprofit sector.

Jon has consulted with nongovernmental organizations on the development of NGO associations and services in Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Turkey. Pratt has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.

Education Program

Flip or Flop? Examining the FLIP CRUT

This presentation will introduce the FLIP CRUT as a strategic philanthropic vehicle aimed at utilizing your benefactor’s large non-liquid assets, and then examine the step by step process and responsibilities for establishing a FLIP CRUT, its’ benefits, and potential pitfalls.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand the FLIP CRUT as a gift planning vehicle and its’ potential benefits to your benefactors and organization;
  • Empower DO’s to effectively communicate the responsibilities of the organization and your benefactors when establishing a FLIP CRUT; and
  • Know which assets to explore when determining if a FLIP CRUT is right for your benefactors and organization.


Adam C. Watts J.D., Gift Planning Officer, Mayo Clinic

Adam C. Watts, J.D., serves as Gift Planning Officer for Mayo Clinic’s Office of Gift Planning, West Region. He partners with the West Region development office to strategically cultivate planned gifts, and works directly with benefactors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals through gift planning. Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Mr. Watts worked at Dodd, L’Hommedieu & McGrievy LLC., in Cleveland, Ohio as an Associate Attorney. More recently, Mr. Watts served as a Gift Planning Officer at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Watts is a graduate of John Carroll University (B.A.) in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland State University (M.P.A.) and the University of Akron School of Law (J.D.).

Bethel M. Ruest, M.B.A, Gift Planning Administrator, Mayo Clinic

Bethel M. Ruest, M.B.A., serves as gift planning administrator for the Office of Gift Planning, Department of Development, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She leads the gift administration efforts for Mayo Clinic’s benefactors and friends living across the United States. Working with a team of gift planning officers, she strategically creates and implements planned gifts and helps benefactors achieve their philanthropic goals using real estate and other noncash assets.

Ms. Ruest has been employed by Mayo Clinic for 21 years. Previously she worked for Washington County, Wisconsin as an accounting manager, and for Strong Funds (Wells Fargo Advisors), as an accountant. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and her Master of Business Administration degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Questions? Contact staff at or (651) 290-7474.

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