Meryl R. Cosentino, JD

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Stony Brook University
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Senior Director of Gift Planning
488 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States
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Meryl R. Cosentino, JD has more than 30 years of estate and gift planning experience, and is currently the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University, a role she has enjoyed for the past three years. Prior to joining the Stony Brook Advancement team Meryl spent five years as the Director of Planned Giving at St. Francis Hospital, and before that Meryl honed her philanthropic skills at The Nature Conservancy. As a practicing attorney, Meryl specialized in representing parents of children with disabilities, and it was this work (tailoring estate plans to meet the specialized needs of her clients) that sparked her interest in pursuing a career in Gift Planning. In January of 2018 Meryl will begin serving her three-year term on the CGP Board. Meryl has also been a faculty lecturer at NCPP in both 2011 and 2015, and has just completed her two-year term as President of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). Meryl has served on the PPGGNY Board since 2011. Meryl received her BA from Indiana University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor on the Law Review. In her free time Meryl enjoys quilting, baking, and is an avid sports fan. Meryl is also delighted to share that she is now a certified Spinning instructor!
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All You Really Need for Planned Giving You Learned in Kindergarten
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All you really need to know about Planned Giving you learned in Kindergarten. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. Discover how the lessons we learned in kindergarten — Share, Play Fair, Enjoy Play dates, and Flush — can be applied to your career as a planned giving officer and can increase legacy support for your charity. Whether you are new to planned giving, or are a seasoned specialist, this session will provide insights that can enhance your planned giving prowess. Meryl will share how playing well with others has enabled her to raise over $11 Million in new bequest intentions in her three years at Stony Brook University. Cookies, milk and Planned Giving are a true recipe for success.
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