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A Word from the Chair
At the close of the April 24, 2017 ACGA board meeting I stepped into some big shoes as I took off my Supporting Co-Chair hat and put on the Lead Co-Chair hat following Lindsay Lapole’s nine years of outstanding service as Chairman/Lead Co-Chair of the ACGA board. And while he has rotated off the leadership team, I am thankful Lindsay is continuing on as a member of the ACGA board.
Getting Better with Age
In celebration of 90 years of promoting responsible philanthropy, the ACGA has a refreshed and improved look.  Our logo is updated; our colors brightened; the website streamlined; and member benefits enhanced.  
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The Members Have Spoken: Why ACGA Membership is Important

ACGA’s 2017 membership survey confirmed why planned giving professionals continue to support the ACGA through membership:

Case Study: Charitable Gift Annuity Funded with Cash
SUMMARY

Gifting cash in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity (“CGA”) allows a donor to benefit charity, receive an income tax deduction, and enjoy a steady, lifetime stream of income.

STUDY
Gerald Schwartz, age 70, wants to make a gift to the local art institute he has supported for many years, but is worried about having sufficient retirement cash flow.
Charitable Gift Annuity Rates: What Has and Has Not Changed
At its semi-annual meeting in late April, the Board of Directors of the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) unanimously reaffirmed its current schedule of suggested maximum charitable gift annuity (CGA) rates.   From time to time, we receive questions from members and the general public about how the rate schedule is determined and monitored.  We thought it would be helpful to address the nature of the important work of our Rates Committee in this FAQ piece.  For more detailed information, please see our 2017 Rates Paper, which is available to members for free on our website.
In Memoriam - Terry Simmons
On April 3, 2017 Terry succumbed to long term after-effects of an accident that took place in 2005 and had robbed him of much of his mobility, vitality and presence with us.  No single person is more significant to the life and viability to Charitable Gift Annuities and the American Council on Gift Annuities than Terry L. Simmons.
New York Exempts Charities Issuing Gift Annuities from Cybersecurity Regulations

On February 13, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) adopted final regulations concerning cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies. The regulations took effect on March 1, 2017.

ACGA Welcomes New Board Member:
Michael Welling
Michael S. Welling was elected for service with term commencing April of 2017. Michael will serve in the Class of 2020.

Michael comes to the ACGA Board with a history of extensive planned giving experience having spent 24 years with the Arthritis Foundation, including National Director of Planned Giving, for eleven of those years.

2018 Conference Registration Opening This Summer
The 2018 ACGA Conference will be held April 25-27, 2018 at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington.  We've developed a great line up of speakers and topics that are sure to interest planned giving professionals that are new to the field as well as our seasoned gift planners and business officers.

The 2018 ACGA Conference registration will be opening this summer.  We hope to see you in Seattle! 
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