Mid-America Planned Giving Council

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19th Annual Building Blocks half-day conference

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19th Annual Building Blocks Program
August 15th, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at Rockhurst University – Conway Hall

This half-day conference is designed to present current and practical information regarding a wide range of planned giving topics. Our program offers a variety of topics, from basic, intermediate to specialized – all designed to offer practical ideas and techniques you can apply immediately to your fundraising efforts. The Conference has wide appeal, from one-person nonprofit development officers and large-shop major gift/planned giving teams to estate planning attorneys, CPAs, and other allied professionals. Community volunteers will also want to attend to assist with their organizations’ overall gift planning efforts.

The speakers bring many years of planned giving experience and knowledge. Large general sessions coupled with smaller breakout sessions will allow you to choose your path during the conference and ask direct questions of presenters. In addition, you will meet and develop relationships with other planned giving professionals and volunteers in this community and beyond.

Featured Speakers include:

  • Steve Roling, Former President of Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Viken Mikaelian, Planned Giving.com
  • Tyler Bacon, Crescendo Interactive

Timely Breakouts on:

  • How to Advance Your Donor Conversations
  • Evaluating Your Planned Giving Program
  • Working with Trust Departments, IRAs, and Charitable Gift Annuities
  • and MORE!


  • Nonprofit Staffs
  • Boards of Directors
  • Volunteers
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • CPAs
  • Financial Planners
  • Other Allied Professionals

CLE & CFRE credit approved


Tickets: $50
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Member Quotes

Kirby GouldSpeaker: Kirby Hughes Gould, Vice-President, Christian Church Foundation

Kirby will lead the group through four donor case studies, where we will interact with each other to answer the following questions:
1. What is unique and distinctive about the donor’s situation?
2.  What solutions can be offered to the donor both personally and financially, and to benefit the charity?
3.  What additional resources need to be secured to assist the donor and the planned giving professional?

Eventbrite - Case Study Discussions on Gift Strategies

PPP Tracks:

  • Core Competencies – Essential knowledge or skills from disciplines related to the field of philanthropic planning.
  • Charitable Estate Planning – Approaches to gifts integrating current or deferred components
  • Gift Design Essentials – Best practices for structuring gifts that benefit both donors and charitable organizations

7:30 am – Registration, continental breakfast, networking
8:00 am – Kirby’s presentation, including Q&A

About Kirby: Kirby Gould has been vice president for the North Central Zone of the Christian Church Foundation since October 1997. The Foundation assists Disciples of Christ churches in the areas of endowments, permanent funds, planned gifts, and bequests.  She serves the regions of Greater Kansas City, Mid America, Upper Midwest, Kansas and Nebraska.  She is also a board member of Partnership For Philanthropic Planning.

Before joining the Foundation, she worked for the National Benevolent Association, primarily as director of Development for the Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond, OK for 13 years.

Kirby is a native of McPherson, KS, and a graduate of Phillips University in Enid, OK with a bachelor’s degree in music education/music therapy. After graduation she served as Church Admissions Director for the college. In 1999 she was named Outstanding Young Alum by Phillips University.

Kirby is a licensed minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has received the designation of ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CASL (Certified Advisor for Senior Living), and CAP (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy). She belongs to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Partners in Philanthropic Planning (PPP) where she served as President of the local chapter in 2011, and serves on the national board of PPP.

JT Cattle Director of Development, Avila University