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Learn, connect & engage. Multiply your planned Gifts. 2016 Practical Planned Giving Conference - September 26-27, 2016 in Chicago
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GiftLegacy Awards Announced at PPGC 2016

Crescendo celebrated its annual Practical Planned Giving Conference on September 26th and 27th in Chicago. It was a great event attended by friends from all across the nation. They gathered to hear keynote speakers Sarah Durham and Jeff Comfort and an excellent line-up of the nation's top presenters. In addition, the GiftLegacy Award winners were announced.

Theresa Curry

eMarketer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Theresa Curry, Senior Director of Gift Planning at the University of New Hampshire, who received the 2016 eMarketer of the Year Award. Theresa has used Crescendo's GiftLegacy tools and services since 2014 and has booked over $52 million in planned gifts!

Winton Smith

GiftLeader Award

Winton Smith received the 2016 GiftLeader Award for his outstanding leadership in philanthropy. He is a charitable estate attorney, a popular speaker at AFP, AHP, PPP, PPGC and the Heckerling Institute and a principal instructor for CASE gift planning seminars.

Best GiftLegacy Website Award

The GiftLegacy Website Award was presented to Buffalo State University. Their planned giving website features a rotating banner, friendly donor stories, engaging campus photos, a custom Peterson Society page and more! Congratulations also to Mercy Ships and Severn School who received Honorable Mention.

Buffalo State University's Award Winning Website Mercy Ships' Award Winning Website Severn School's Award Winning Website

Best GiftLegacy Literature Award

The GiftLegacy Literature Award was presented to Clemson University for their branded suite of marketing materials, including custom postcards. Honorable Mention in this category was awarded to the University of New Hampshire and Casa Dorinda.

Clemson University's Award Winning Literature University of New Hampshire's Award Winning Literature Cas Dorinda's Award Winning Literature

Best GiftLegacy Mission Video Award

The GiftLegacy Mission Video Award was given to University of South Florida. Their mission video features a contemporary design, campus photos with embedded video and branding that resonates with alumni and friends.

2016 PPGC Highlights

Did you attend this year’s Practical Planned Giving Conference? ClickTap the images to take a look back at PPGC 2016:

2016 Practical Planned Giving Conference Luncheon
Charles Schultz awards University of South Florida the GiftLegacy Mission Video Award
Brian Sagrestano talks about maximizing success
Kristen Schultz Jaarda welcomes attendees
Charles Schultz awards Clemson University the GiftLegacy Literature Award
Theresa Curry (University of New Hampshire) is Emarketer of the Year
2016 Practical Planned Giving Conference
Gift Planning Success Secrets Panel
Betsy Chapin Taylor discusses how to make the planned giving case for support
2016 Practical Planned Giving Conference Luncheon
Sarah Durham introduces attendees to the concepts of brandraising
Lynn Malzone Ierardi shares ideas on collaboration
Charles Schultz awards Buffalo State University the GiftLegacy Website Award
Jeff Comfort's keynote address
2016 Practical Planned Giving Conference Luncheon
Charles Schultz awards Winton Smith the GiftLeader Award
Helen Lee and David Obedzinski during the reception
Attendees enjoy food at the reception
Attendees network during the reception
Attendees enjoy the Monday reception

What PPGC 2016 Attendees Have Said

This year's conference has given me some great strategic direction for our program. I look forward to working with the Crescendo team to implement the expansion of our growing planned giving program soon. Thank you for the great ideas and resources.

— David Obedzinski (VP Philanthropy - US Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association)

I've attended all but one PPGC Conference and every single one of them has been incredible. I love the opportunities to network, learn and visit with all of the amazing GiftLegacy staff. PPGC is a top-notch event that I look forward to every year.

— Ron Hendricks, CGPA (US Foundation Director - Trinity Western University)

The conference was really fantastic. For our program that's really just getting started in planned giving, there was a lot of useful information to take away.

— Tyler Kalogeros-Treschuk (Deputy Director of Development - Food and Water Watch)

The conference is really bringing the field to life for me as someone who is brand new to planned giving. I'm leaving excited to get my questions answered and learn more!

— Dana Ridenour (Director of Advancement - Calvary Chapel)

Where else could I find a session on oil and gas? That alone made my trip from Utah worthwhile!

— Douglas Nielsen (RCDO and System Planned Giving Officer - Intermountain Health Care Foundation)

PPGC has been a good reminder that we need to focus on good relationships, have the right questions to ask and help our donors reach their goals. All these things will help our donors say YES — when the time is right!

— Linda Myette, CFRE (Vice President for Development - Greenville College)

I'm so impressed with the quality of the presenters and professionalism of the Crescendo staff. Everyone was so helpful! This is a must-attend conference.

— Michelle Rudnicki (Director of Corporation/Foundation Relations and Planned Giving - Buffalo State)

This the fourth year I have attended the Practical Planned Giving Conference. It is always very educational with quality speakers. I always learn a lot! I really appreciate all of the support Crescendo provides.

— Andrea Schulte (Planned Giving Advisor - Abhow Foundation)

We look forward to seeing you at next year's Practical Planned Giving Conference.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for PPGC 2017!
September 25th and 26th in San Diego, CA.

PPGC San Deigo September 25-26 at the Hilton San Diego in San Diego California
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