Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Laws

October 5, 2018

Patrick J. Saccogna, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

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Mission Based Recognition for Today's Donors and Tomorrow's Visionaries

September 14, 2018

Karen Kannenberg, CFRE, Principal Giving Director, Cleveland Metroparks

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Planned Giving Donor Recognition:
What is Most Meaningful and How to Avoid Disaster

June 1, 2018

Charles M. Miller, JD, AEP, Case Western Reserve University

Recognition Prods People to Give — Even When It’s Not Prominent
Best Practices in Donor Recognition
Selective Recognition: How to Recognize Donors to Increase Charitable Giving

Planned Giving 101: Starting the Planned Giving Discussion-
Thoughts on Moving Toward Legacy Giving

April 6, 2018

Malou Monago, Cleveland Institute of Art
Nancy Hancock Griffith, Esq.BauerGriffith, LLC

Tax Aspects of Planned Giving and Donor-Advised Funds

March 2, 2018

Laura Fink, Akron Community Foundation
Alex CampbellBuckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP

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Policies, Procedures and Planning, Oh My!

February 2, 2018

Erin Adler, Key Private Bank
Susan Murphy, OhioGuidestone
Laura Hnat, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio



Women’s Philanthropy Panel
Why are Women Donors Different and How Can We Help Them Fulfill their Philanthropic Goals While Achieving Ours?

December 1, 2017

Carina Diamond, Springside Partners
Marie Covington, Women’s Endowment Fund
Cynthia Chaiten, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America
Jane Christyson, CEO, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Marketing Your Organization to Inspire Donors  
October 6, 2017

Amy Castelli, President, Castelli Media Group


Annual Social Event: Cocktails, Gift Tales & Tax Tales
September 6, 2017

Roger L. Shumaker, Attorney, McDonald Hopkins


The 2016 Planned Giving Study: New Insights from Data on Planned Gifts
June 2, 2017

Claudine A. Donikian, JD, MBA, Pentera, Inc.


Half Day Session Planned Giving 101: What You Need to Launch a Successful Planned Giving Program
April 7, 2017

Nancy Hancock Griffith, Esq., BauerGriffith, LLC
Malou Monago, 
Cleveland Institute of Art

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Tax and Estate Planning in Divorce
March 3, 2017

Roy A. Krall, Cavitch, Familo & Durkin Co., LPA
Naomi D. Ganoe, CBIZ MHM, Inc.



Shark Tank Panel - Ethical and Practical Considerations from Senior Planned Giving Practitioners
February 3, 2017

Margaret Medzie, Akron Community Foundation
Gretchen Corp Jones, JD, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Stacey L. McKinley, Esq., Cleveland Clinic
Charles M. Miller, JD, Case Western Reserve University (Moderator)


Understanding Your Giving Potential
January 6, 2017

Larry Friedman, CPA, MT
Director and Chairman of Tax Services, Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc.

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The Role of Life Insurance in Charitable Planning
December 2, 2016

Ralph Criswell
Pollock and Criswell

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The Inside Story for a Strong Planned Giving Program
October 7, 2016

Diane Strachan, CFREDirector of Development, Cleveland Museum of Art
Pat Egan, CFRE, Principal, Beyond Fundraising, LLC

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Managing Planned Giving in Smaller Shop: How to do more with less
September 9, 2016

Nanci Miller
Leave a Legacy Stark County

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The Reality of Planned Gifts: The Documents (and other stuff) You Need
June 3, 2016

Mike Walczak 
Director of Trusts and Estates, Baldwin Wallace College

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Tips for Communicating Effectively with Potential Donors
April 1, 2016

Leah Epstein, Manager, Development & Campaign Communications
University Hospitals
Michele Brown, Director, Donor Relations & Communications
University Hospitals

Creative Stewardship Strategies
March 4, 2016

Bill Spiker, JD
Cleveland Sight Center

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Half-Day Basics Seminar: Planned Giving 101
February 5, 2016

Nancy Hancock Griffith, Esq., Principal, BauerGriffith, LLC
Malou Monago, Vice President of Development, Cleveland Botanical Garden

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Charitable Gift Planning for Business Owners
January 8, 2016

Don Laubacher, Sequoia Financial Group
Alane Boffa, Cohen & Co, CPAs


Annual Meeting / James P. Conway Mentor of the Year Award Winner Presentation and Program
December 4, 2015



A Poker Hand You Can't Win: A Creative Way to Cash in on Life Insurance
October 9, 2015

David Kottler (
Founder, Strategic Life insurance Solutions (

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From the Desk of... and other War Stories!
September 11, 2015

John F. Shelley, Case Western Reserve University
James R. Hickey, CAP, CFRE,. OPRS Foundation
Nelson J. Wittenmyer, Jr., JD, Esq, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Michael Walczak, Baldwin Wallace University