Mid-America Planned Giving Council

Helping You Make a Difference



  • Jul 13, 2018 - 16:00 -08:00 PM
    A Spooky Social co-hosted with AFP Mid-America Chapter at Alexander Majors House

    It is Friday the 13th and we could not resist sharing a spooky evening with you. Come enjoy food and beverages between 4 and 7 and then we’ll be treated to a Ghost and History tour of the house.

    In the Barn:  4 to 7 Networking, open bar and light appetizers and a very short program (we promise)

    In the House: 6 – Ghost & History Tour of of the Alexander Majors House in groups of 12 starting at 6pm

    Learn more about Alexander Majors

    Members of MAPGC and AFP are free.  Guests are $10.

  • Aug 10, 2018 - 07:30 -09:00 AM
    Charitable Giving after Tax Legislation: Reactions, Opportunities and Initiatives with Michael Kenyon

    This presentation will address how nonprofits are adapting to the new environment after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that took effect January, 2018. Despite predictions by some sources of significant downturns in charitable giving, the environment for charitable gift planning is positive. An overview of how planned giving can flourish in this new environment and become increasingly important to successful development programs will be presented. Also covered is how the nonprofit sector is advocating for legislation to enhance the charitable deduction and what opportunities exist to improve the tax environment for charitable giving. Finally, learn about the CGP metrics initiative to help make the case and support planned giving departments and new education programs to meet the emerging needs of those involved in charitable gift planning.

    What you will gain:

    1. Awareness of current and potential legislation affecting charitable giving and the nonprofit sector
    2. The potential and opportunities for planned giving after tax reform
    3. Awareness of CGP strategic directions and initiatives; including the metrics project and education programming.

    7:30 – 7:50 am Registration/Breakfast
    7:50 – 8:00 am Announcements
    8:00 – 9:00 am Program

    Presenter: Michael Kenyon – As president and CEO of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Michael strives to create an environment where CGP’s 8,000 members can come together to educate, learn, network and strengthen the distinguished profession of charitable gift planning. He actively advocates for the value of charitable gift planning to legislators in D.C. and speaks throughout the country on the role of advocacy in the nonprofit sector. Kenyon has over 20 years executive leadership with community based, cultural, and professional membership organizations. He currently serves as, co-chair of the Financial Awareness Foundation 2018 Campaign and is Vice President for the Charitable IRA Initiative.

  • Sep 28, 2018 - 08:45 -04:30 AM
    23rd Annual Building Blocks Planned Giving Conference

    Three sessions with both Dr. Russell James and Karen Osborne along with breakouts featuring Viken Mikaelian and Bill Eckert & Randy Huston

    For details about this event, please visit
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    Friday September 28, 2018
    Registration opens June 6, 2018
    Kauffman Foundation Conference Center



    8:45Registration, Coffee and Tea
    9:30Karen Osborne sponsored by Commerce Bank
    Getting to a Joyful, Inspired, Generous “Yes” to Your Blended Solicitation (Part 1)
    10:40Break / Networking (15 minutes)
    10:55Karen Osborne
    Getting to a Joyful, Inspired, Generous “Yes” to Your Blended Solicitation (Part 2)
    12:05Lunch Buffet sponsored by Midwest Trust
    Table Topics
    1:00Dr. Russell James sponsored by PlannedGiving.com
    Natural Philanthropy: How the Origins of Donor Motivations Drive Powerful Fundraising
    1:55Break / Networking (15 minutes)
    2:10Town SquareTroostBrush CreekPaseo
    Dr. Russell James
    Top Ten Charitable Planning Strategies for Financial Advisors: Helping Your Clients and Your Business with Charitable Planning
    Karen Osborne
    Managing Your Work, Time, Energy, and Still Having a Life
    Viken Mikaelian
    You Don’t Need to Learn Another Language to Get Planned Giving
    Bill Eckert & Randy Huston
    Advanced Planning Charitable Strategies for Business Owners
    3:00Break / Networking (15 minutes)
    3:15Dr. Russell James
    The Hidden Code of End-of-Life Decisions: What Legacy Fundrasing Can Learn From Decision Making in Life Insurance Annuities, Estate Planning, and Healthcare
    4:15Closing Remarks

    Registration ends on September 24, 2018.  Walk-in registrants will be accepted based on seating availability.  There will be a $25 processing fee for those requesting a refund.  No cancellations with refunds allowed after September 14, 2018.

    Recommended for:

    • Allied Professionals
    • Attorneys
    • Boards of Directors
    • CPAs
    • Consultants
    • Estate planning professionals
    • Financial Planners
    • Nonprofit Staffs
    • Trust Officers
    • Volunteers

    CFRE credits applied for

    About the Program:

    This program is designed to present current and practical information regarding a wide range of planned giving topics.  The conference has wide appeal, from one-person nonprofit development officers and large-shop major gift/planned giving teams to estate planning attorneys, CPA’s, and other allied professionals.  Community volunteers also attend to assist with their organization’s planned giving efforts