National Association of Charitable Gift Planners
President and CEO
200 S. Meridian Street, Suite 510
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Indianapolis, IN 46225
As president and CEO of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Michael strives to create an environment where CGP’s 8,000 members can come together to educate, learn, network and advocate for the distinguished profession of charitable gift planning. Working closely with the CGP board, Michael helps develop and champion the organization’s strategic vision, ensuring that CGP’s budget, staff and priorities are aligned with its mission to serve charitable gift planners and bring to life the art and science of charitable gift planning. It’s Michael’s job to navigate change, foster innovation and bring people together to build a healthy and successful organization. Before joining CGP, Michael served as the executive director of the Percussive Arts Society. For 11 years, he led this international music service organization that serves 7,500+ members, 50 U.S. chapters and 28 international chapters. Among many successful initiatives, he led the organization through development of a new facility for the Rhythm! Discovery Center, a museum and educational space that USA Today named one of the top places in the United States for hands-on music making. Michael holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from Arizona State University and began his professional life as a musician before transitioning into arts and nonprofit administration. He has worked with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center for the homeless, Celebrate Youth and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Michael currently serves as vice-president for the Charitable IRA Initiative, is a member of the board of directors for the Percussive Arts Society and serves on the steering committee for Music Crossroads, a strategic initiative focused on advancing quality of life in Indianapolis through the performing arts.
Title of Presentation 1
Advocating for the Future of Gift Planning
Up to date information on the advocacy efforts of CGP and the nonprofit sector for a healthy legislative and ethical environment for charitable giving.
Title of Presentation 2
CGP - Building A Valued Membership
During the past three years, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) has gone through a transformation that resulted in a new strategic direction, name and service platform. Based on extensive member and market research, the CGP board, staff, council leaders and volunteers all worked to learn what is valued by our current and prospective members to create a professional membership that is relevant and valued by a wide range of fundraising professionals and advisors active in charitable gift planning. Learn about the four CGP strategic pillars of Community, Education, Standards and Advocacy and how the national organization works with and supports local councils to provide a wide range of services and benefits to members.
Presentation Topic Areas
Current Events, Other
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Advocacy, Membership Benefits to CGP
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