Meryl R. Cosentino, JD
New York University
Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, Trusts & Estates
25 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
Meryl R. Cosentino, JD has more than 30 years of estate and gift planning experience, and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, Trusts and Estates at New York University, a role she has enjoyed for the past two years. Prior to joining the NYU Advancement team Meryl spent six years as the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University, five years as the Director of Gift Planning 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. Meryl has given back to the philanthropic community and has served on the CGP Board and was the Chair of the CGP National Conference in 2020. Meryl has also been a faculty lecturer at NCPP in both 2011 and 2015, and is a President Emeritus of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY). 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!
Past CGP Board, CGP Conference Speaker
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Title of Presentation 1
All You Really Need for Planned Giving You Learned in Kindergarten
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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