Grant Whitney

Harvard University
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Sr. Associate Director of Gift Planning
Harvard University
124 Mount Auburn St. 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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Grant Whitney is a Senior Associate Director of Gift Planning at Harvard University and applies a background in alternative dispute resolution to philanthropic planning with alumni interested in creating meaning within families while enhancing their philanthropic impact. In addition to his work completing irrevocable and revocable gifts with donors across the giving pyramid, he leads Harvard’s John Harvard Society, the University’s largest planned gift recognition effort. In the University’s recently completed $9.2 billion campaign he managed initiatives that led to more than 1,000 alumni and friends becoming new John Harvard Society members. He presents on charitable tax and philanthropic planning topics regionally and nationally. Before coming to Harvard in 2002, Grant launched the planned giving program at Lesley University and led the program through the institution’s first comprehensive campaign. Earlier, he established a neutral dispute resolution practice in Cambridge, MA. He is a licensed member of the Massachusetts and New York Bars. Grant is a member, past executive board member and past president of the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE). He most recently served on the 2019 PGGNE Nominating Committee. Nationally, he worked on the PPP Leadership Institute Implementation Task Force. Grant earned his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he remains an active alumnus. He volunteers in several capacities in his local faith community.
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CGP Board effective Jan 1 2020. Local leadership w/ the Planned Giving Group of New England (2004-2008).
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THE NEW STANDARDS FOR GIFT PLANNING SUCCESS: How do You Measure UP? Interactive Zoom Webinar February 2021 In challenging times assessing pg program effectiveness has never been more important. Reflecting a multi-year effort engaging leading practitioners under the umbrella of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, this presentation highlights best practices for programs across sector, size, and program maturity. It highlights 16 standards organized around three foundational pillars: Support from the Top; The Ability and Capacity to Execute; and Donor-Centric Engagement & Management . Attendees will come away with an understanding that a new set of tools is available to assess program effectiveness and councils will discover new and timely programming potential too. And it is an interactive session too!! GIFT PLANNING: NOW, FOR THE NEAR TERM AND FOREVER. AFP NEWCOMER CONFERENCE NEEDHAM MA, NOVEMBER 2018 GIFT PLANNING: HOW TO ENCOURAGE GIFTS FROM CAPITAL. Guest Lecturer, Harvard U. Extension School, Principles & Practices in Fundraising. Cambridge MA July 2016 October 2017 July 2018 October 2018 WEALTH AND FAMILIES PHILANTHROPIC CONVERSATIONS: Select Harvard Families by Invitation. New York NY, April 2014 Newton MA, October 2015 CRTS: A FUNCTIONAL, FLEXIBLE LIFE INCOME ALTERNATIVE. PGGNE All-Day Conference. Boston, MA. May 2015. CREATING ALLIES & ADVOCATES: ENLISTING COLLEAGUES IN YOUR PLANNED GIVING EFFORTS. Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council Cincinnati OH, February 2011. GIFT PACKAGES: MIX AND MATCH TO MAXIMIZE (PGGNE) Boston MA, January 2010. American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) New Orleans LA, April 2010. Washington State Planned Giving Council Seattle WA, September 2010. Jewish Community Foundation All-Day, Hartford CT, October 2010. THE GIFT ANNUITY: A GLASS HALF EMPTY OR A GLASS HALF FULL KIND OF GIFT. (PGGNE) PG Basics Track, Boston, MA December 2008. ONE WAY TO SKIN THE CAT: VOLUNTEERS AND GIFT PLANNING IN HARVARD CAMPAIGNS. Minnesota Planned Giving Conference, Minneapolis/St. Paul MN, November 2008. BEQUESTS: A NEW TAKE ON AN OLD STAPLE. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON GIFT ANNUITIES (ACGA) Chicago IL, April 2008. CASE District I Conference Boston MA, February 2008. Minnesota Planned Giving Conference, Minneapolis/St. Paul MN, November 2008. GIFT ANNUITIES: THE GATEWAY TO LIFE INCOME GIVING. (PGGNE) PG Basics Track, Boston, MA January 2007. BEQUEST BEST PRACTICES: WHAT YOU’RE DYING TO KNOW. Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE) Nuts and Bolts Session Boston MA, October 2004. Planned Giving Group of Central Massachusetts (PGGCM) Luncheon Presentation Lancaster MA, February 2005. GIFT PLANNING MADE EASY: 3 Hour Comprehensive Staff Training. Introducing Nine Chapter Resource Binder July 2003
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Gift Design, Current Events, Case Studies, Administration, Integrated Planning, Public Awareness Program, To be determined with Council, Other
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