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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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2018 Recipient: Frank Robertson

Frank Robertson

Starting as a planned giving officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation in 1997, Frank served as UMF’s Director of Planned Giving during one of its most successful decades, from 2005-2015. In that capacity, he trained, mentored, and managed many of those who later became leaders in MPGC. Frank holds the distinction of having managed at least three past MPGC Board Chairs (Susan Hommes, Jane Goodnight, and Lynn Praska), and has worked with other past Board Chairs, Craig Wruck, Gary Hargoves, Jan Sickbert, Richard Olson, and Tricia Bunten. He has volunteered in a variety of ways with MPGC during his career and, after retiring, Frank became a mentor through MPGC’s Gary G. Hargroves Mentorship Program.

Frank has worked with countless planned gift donors personally to help them realize their philanthropic wishes, helping facilitate planned gifts of individual and aggregate size that would impress any person in nonprofit development. Moreover, Frank never has been one to seek attention. Instead, his leadership by excellent management of a world-class planned giving program, by personal example, and by individual mentorship quietly has influenced at least a generation of planned giving professionals in Minnesota and continues to leave a legacy across the state and beyond.

Before entering the development world, Frank – a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (bachelor’s degree) and University of Iowa (master’s degree) – served 25 years on active duty as a U.S. Army officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

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.

Past Recipients


  • 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 13, 2019. They are then sent to the committee for review.
  • Nominees will be notified on or before October 1 about whether or not they have been awarded.
  • The award will be presented at 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.


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