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

New Branding, Same Organization

We are pleased to announce that yesterday our Board of Directors voted to change our name; soon we will officially be known as the New Jersey Council of Charitable Gift Planners. This is in conformance with our stated goal to align more closely with our parent organization, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. It is our desire to improve communications between our members and the gift planning community nation-wide to provide the most up-to-date information and best practices to our members.

In conjunction with this goal of improving communication, we will soon be introducing a mobile-friendly website updated with new content and branding. More information will be forthcoming at our regular events over the next two months and through this news column.