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  • Education
    Broaden your knowledge of charitable giving laws and methods at workshops, seminars, conferences and regular chapter meetings.

  • Enhanced expertise
    Refine your skills in a dynamic field to serve your donors well.

  • Networking
    Establish contacts with professional colleagues for exchanging ideas and services.

  • Career advancement
    Develop leadership skills and gain recognition through volunteer activities on the local and national levels.

  • Identification with the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct
    Membership in MPGC and/or PPP indicates to colleagues, advisors and donors that you believe in, support and adhere to ethical gift planning through the Model of Standards of Practice for the Charitable Gift Planner.

  • Access to information
    Membership in MPGC provides access to program and local conference mailings and an online directory of members.

  • Discounted registrations
    Members receive discounted registration fees to local and/or national programs and conferences, depending upon the choice of membership(s).

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MPGC Member Testimonials


Cindy Hall-Duran, Manager of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)
Why I believe in MPGC and the role it plays in our community!


In the summer of 2003, I was laid-off from my job, as a museum professional and became unemployed.  Then with some luck that can only happen when opportunity comes knocking, I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the Development Department at that same museum.  At the time I was thrilled and scared wondering if I could make a mid-life career change and learn a whole new industry.  I thought maybe I would have to go back and get a law degree or something similar.  Through the mentoring at MPGC and their members; people like Craig Wruck, Jerry Jackson, Susan Dunlop and Gary Hargroves to name a few, I gained the confidence and skills I needed to become a successful Development professional.  Today I am the Manager of Planned Giving and Major Gifts, at Twin Cities Public Television and loving my job and my profession.

I attended my first MN Planned Giving Conference on September 17, 2003.  During that first conference they had leaders in the field, such as Pamela Davidson from Indiana come and give insights into new ways to use Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA’s) and the wonderful keynote speaker was, Joseph Selvaggio and he explained the concept and power of the “1 % Club” and of course, the MPGC standard, the course on the “ABCs of Planned Giving” by Robert W. Barry (now titled “A brisk walk through the basics”).  It was after attending that first Planned Giving Conference in 2003, that I could see myself doing this kind of work and I didn’t need to get a law degree. That this work required a belief in philanthropy and its ability to “do good” in the communities where that organization serves.  It is and will always be about the mission of an organization and the values shared.

It has now been 11 years since that first conference and I still am a MPGC member and now serve on the membership committee.  MPGC is an organization that is geared to all skill levels of the planned giving and the development area.  It helps to unite many professionals from many different fields with a common vision: to acquire the knowledge, hone the technical skills, and develop the relationships that will help each of us to reach our goal in serving our donors and clients well.  The results will be a vitality in our communities and through our work, we will help to create meaningful charitable gifts that will sustain our communities.

This dedicated group of professionals is the “gold” standard across this nation and I highly encourage any new person to the field of Development to become a member and attend as many workshops/educational programs/events and the main conference you can, for it will truly enhance your skills and you will make life-long friendships that will carry you through your professional years as a Development Officer and enrich your life in many other ways too.

We all have the privilege of doing this great work, and we all should be proud of the vital role we each play. 

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Jennifer Foth, Planned Giving Officer, Carleton College


“MPGC is a great organization and has been invaluable to me in so many facets of my career. Probably what I appreciate most is the networking and business relationships that have developed over the years. MPGC members are wonderfully generous people. I often reach out to this network for advice on planned giving topics. I have found members are genuinely invested in advancing professionals in this field through personal connections and support. It’s been a no-brainer for me to continue to be a member of MPGC. I think everyone with an interest in philanthropy, no matter what level you’re at within your organization, would benefit from being a part of this exceptional group of leaders and professionals.”

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Jeffrey D. Gram, JD, Charitable Gift Planner, InFaith Community Foundation


I’d like to offer a brief story illustrating one important benefit to joining the Minnesota Planning Giving Council community. Two years ago I was a lawyer in private practice considering a career transition. Given my interest in planned giving, my wife recommended that I speak with a colleague of hers, Ruby Pediangco, the Director of Planned Giving at the Minnesota Orchestra and a MPGC Board Member. Ruby graciously agreed to meet to share her experience and perspective on planned giving careers. She introduced me to MPGC and I immediately became a member. She also connected me with several other MPGC-affiliated gift planners, including Jason Watt, who at the time was the editor of the MPGC newsletter. Jason was just as generous with his time, connected me with more MPGC members and involved me in writing for the newsletter.

Fast forward two years. I’m now a gift planning colleague of Jason’s at InFaith Community Foundation and have stepped into his hard-to-fill shoes as editor of the MPGC newsletter as he serves as MPGC Board President. I have experienced first-hand the benefits of the networking and professional development opportunities that MPGC provides to its members. We are fortunate to have such a vibrant and generous membership.

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