Letter From Bryan Nemeth

Dear Friends,

Each July begins a new year and a fresh start for our organization. In the coming months, we are hopeful to be back together in person for our programs. We know many of you, and our board included, have missed the personal interactions and networking opportunities afforded through these occasions.

We also realize the pandemic and subsequent advancements in technology have made our educational sessions more accessible than ever before and that is not lost in our planning for the upcoming year. We are committed to keeping virtual programs as part of our schedule of events and will continue to explore ways to enhance this hybrid approach.

In August, we will host our third annual Planned Giving Boot Camp. This session is designed for newcomers and those looking for a basic refresh. More details on this program and fall presentations will be made available soon.

Our council is here to serve you. We welcome your ideas, suggestions, and encourage those who wish to get involved on a deeper level to consider joining our group of volunteers. Please email us at info@njcharitablegiftplanners.org.

Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Bryan Nemeth, President NJCGP

Letter From James Hohn

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your family are healthy and staying safe during these unprecedented times. As you might expect, due to our concerns around COVID-19 we decided to cancel our Annual Conference scheduled for June 8, 2020 in Bridgewater. 

The New Jersey Council of Charitable Gift Planners will remain an important resource for our members during this pandemic and beyond. We are committed to serving our community of fundraising and allied professionals with educational and networking opportunities.

Our Board is in the midst of planning virtual programs for the coming months. The intention is to provide a platform for members to connect and share insight on what your respective organizations are doing to sustain or keep momentum during these difficult and rapidly changing circumstances. 

I look forward to the day when we emerge from this crisis together and have the chance to connect again in person at one of our events. Until then, I do hope you will take advantage of our upcoming webinars.

James Hohn, President NJCGP

Welcome New Board Members

Effective this past July 1st, the NJ Council of Charitable Gift Planners is pleased to welcome four new board members: Geof Close, Morgan Stanley; Anne Hennessy, PNC Family Wealth; Dan Pinto, Rider University; and Nora Nasif Rahaim, Seton Hall University.

The Council welcomes these talented individuals and thanks them for their commitment to advancing planned giving.

As a reminder, the Council is run by volunteers. If you have an interest in taking a more active role, please e-mail us at info@njcharitablegiftplanners.org.

A Great Fall for NJCGP!

The NJ Council of Charitable Gift Planners had a great Fall. We kicked our season off in October with a cocktail gathering as part of the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning in Baltimore. A dozen or so colleagues from the fine state of ‘Jersey gathered to share some drinks, laughs and most importantly, planned giving experiences.

Later in November we packed the Nassau Club in Princeton with nearly 50 professionals, from all over the state, to hear Jane Danek speak about bequest giving. Jane is the Deputy Director of Gift Planning at Princeton University and as you may imagine, knows a thing or two about bequest giving. It was a fantastic presentation that gave all attendees some really useful tips. And, as always, the large crowd allowed for some great networking opportunities.

We hope to see you on February 6th at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge – we have another fantastic presentation in store!


Name Change Announcement

The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that the Gift Planning Council of New Jersey has formally changed its name to the New Jersey Council of Charitable Gift Planners. The name change and rebrand is a result of strategic changes within our national organization, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the desire for our local council to be more aligned with national.

These changes are the result of nearly two years of member research, environmental analysis and program development. Be assured that while our name and look has changed our commitment to advancing the field of planned giving remains steadfast. In fact, we anticipate this change will increase our visibility and afford our members greater access to national resources.

For questions or more information about the change, please contact Greg Ellmer, President, New Jersey Council of Charitable Gift Planners, at 973-322-4302 or Gregory.Ellmer@rwjbh.org.

To learn about the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, please visit https://charitablegiftplanners.org