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A celebration in excellence in Planned Giving! Registration: 11:30 am-12:00 pm Networking: 12:00–12:30 pm Luncheon & Award Presentations: 12:30-2:30 pm.

When: 9/16/2015
Where: 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York, New York  10019
United States
Contact: PPGGNY

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Join us for the September awards ceremony and luncheon where we will recognize and honor André R. Donikian and Davida Isaacson for their many years of distinguished service to planned giving and the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York.

Following the awards presentation André Donikian will present a special education session "The Latest Trends in Gift Planning - Ideas and Concepts You Need to Know" (qualifies for CLE,CPE and CFRE credit).

Photo of Andre R. Donikian Lifetime Achievement Award: André R. Donikian, J.D.
Presented by Ron A. Brown, senior philanthropic advisor for gift planning, Columbia University

André R. Donikian, J.D., attorney and member of the New York Bar, is considered one of planned giving's top five pioneers, and his efforts as an entrepreneur, planned giving expert, and educator garnered him a national reputation. As a forefather of the field, André was among the first attorneys to interpret the philanthropic implications of the Tax Reform Act of 1969. One of André's most significant professional achievements was founding Pentera. Inc. - a company known for its high-quality and innovative marketing resources - which he started in 1975 and entrusted to his daughter, Claudine A. Donikian, in the mid-2000s to run and to bring into the digital age. The gifts stimulated by the marketing ideas in Pentera's materials would no doubt total in the billions of dollars.

Much emphasis in planned giving is now on gifts involving retirement funds. André was the very first to discuss the tax cost of passing retirement funds to heirs and the advantages of making charitable gifts with them. He also called attention to the advantages of contributing distributions of company stock from retirement funds.

André is famous for his charisma and engaging public speaking skills. Although he is one of the real technical experts in the field, his advice has never been esoteric but rather has been grounded and pragmatic - with appreciation and empathy for the planned giving professional. His obvious mastery of the subject matter along with his charm and wit make him able to effortlessly engage people in material that doesn't easily lend itself to engagement. He is an industry icon and is truly a "gift planning guru."

Photo of Davida Issacson Cloughy Award: Davida Isaacson
Presented by Vikki Jones, CFRE, luncheon chair

Davida Isaacson is President of Davida Isaacson Consulting Inc.  Prior to the formation of her own company Davida was Principal and Senior Consultant with Myerberg Shain and Associates.  Formerly she served as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest, where she raised $12 million in major and planned gifts in 18 months. Davida’s most beloved position was her first in planned giving, at WNET, Channel 13, which she landed as a direct result of a PPGGNY introduction.

She is a nationally recognized lecturer on major gift and planned gift topics and is an assistant adjunct professor at the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University.  The university presented Davida an “Award in Teaching Excellence” in February, 2004 and recognized her ten year teaching tenure in April, 2008.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Davida is the faculty coordinator for the Center’s summer intensive certificate program.  In this role she is responsible for creating the schedule of classes and finding competent faculty and special speakers to participate in the month long program.

Davida has served as officer, including President, of the Planned Giving Group of Greater New York and on the Board of the National Committee for Planned Giving.  While serving on the NCPG Board Davida headed the Research Committee which conducted a premier study of the motivations of planned gift donors.  Her philanthropic endeavors extend to her current service on the board of the Partners for Health Foundation based in Montclair, NJ.

Davida sincerely credits whatever level of success she has had to PPGGNY.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon & Presentation
   Meal of the Day: Chicken Piccata

Member:  $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00

$15 surcharge for on-site registration.


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