Mid-America Planned Giving Council

Helping You Make a Difference


Virtual Seminar – “Start and Grow your Planned Giving Program” from Crescendo

Wednesday, May 14
1:00 – 2:00 pm
No charge

Are you just getting started in planned giving? Would you like to restart your planned giving program? Join us to learn the fundamentals of cultivating planned giving donors and closing planned gifts. You will learn the basics of bequests, gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, and how to handle major gifts of appreciated property. This webinar also includes valuable information on planned gifts marketing, gift acceptance and administration.

Location:  The Plaza Room on the 2nd Floor of the Conference Center at the UMKC Administrative Building – 5115 Oak.  Elevators are available in the center part of the building.

Parking:  Parking is directly across the street between Oak Street and Brookside.  Enter from Oak Street in front of the Administrative Building.  This is a large surface lot that includes both faculty/staff permit parking and visitor metered parking.  Visitor metered parking is clearly marked with parking space numbers.  A central pay station sits on the east edge of the parking lot and accepts coins, cash and credit cards.  The rate is $1.00 per hour.

Lunch:  Please bring a lunch.  Several restaurants are available just NORTH of the parking lot.  Vending machines are also available in a small “break room” just left/east of the 2nd floor elevator.  Coffee and water will be available.

Reserve your space: Please enter your RSVP for this free event. If you are bringing guests, please include their name & organization. We look forward to seeing you on May 14!

Member Quotes

Friday, February 14, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

 Evie Curtis, Senior Vice President, Country Club Trust Company

Samantha Shepherd, Founding Attorney, Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC



 PPP Tracks:  Marketing – Tools/techniques for identifying donors and inspiring them to make charitable gifts; Core CompetenciesEssential knowledge or skills from disciplines related to the field of philanthropic planning.

Evie Curtis’ responsibilities include sales and business development for Country Club Trust Company.  Evie has over 30 years of banking and trust experience beginning her trust career in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is an accomplished speaker and has spoken to many groups on various estate and trust planning issues.  Her broad background includes working with clients with both retail banking and commercial banking needs.   Evie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University and holds an M.B.A. degree from Baker University.  She is extremely active in the community serving as Board Treasurer of the Statewide Independent Living Council and Kingswood Foundation.  In addition, Evie is a Board member of Kansas Advocates for Better Care and the Kansas City Partnership for Caregivers.  Other positions include Toastmasters International District 22 Audit Chair, Kansas City Hospice Planned Giving Advisory Council, and Children’s Mercy Planned Giving Council.

Samantha Shepherd is the founding attorney of the Shepherd Elder Law Group.  Her practice areas encompass elder law, estate planning, long term care planning and asset protection, Medicaid planning, Missouri Medicaid applications (MOHealthnet) and appeals, probate and trust administration, guardianships and Special Needs Trusts.  Samantha has a strong calling to assist the elderly and individuals with special needs. Initially a corporate lawyer by training, she found her desire to serve and to give back to the community drew her to the Elder Law profession. Under the tutelage of Attorney Craig Reaves, the former President of the Missouri Chapter of Elder Law Attorneys and the the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Samantha embarked on a rewarding career helping the elderly, those with disabilities and their families.

Samantha is a 1994 graduate of Boston College Law School, where she received her juris doctorate.  She received her LLM in Estate Planning from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  She is licensed to practice in Kansas, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Maine.  She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Missouri Chapter of NAELA.   Samantha has been appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Committee for the Missouri Bar and is also a member of the Missouri Bar’s Legislative Review Subcommittee for Elder Law. She is an officer on the Board of the Missouri Chapter of NAELA and the 2012 Co-chair of the National Meeting for NAELA. Samantha currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Missouri NAELA and is the Chair of the Membership Committee. She is also on the committee for the Missouri Seniors’ Legal Helpline and a member of the Special Needs Section of NAELA. Samantha is also a member of the Kansas Bar.

JT Cattle Director of Development, Avila University