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ACGA In Touch
A Word from the Chair
The ACGA board and its committees held their fall in-person meetings in Atlanta November 5th and 6th. It was a time to learn what all of our hard-working committees have been involved with since we last met in April and for the committees to receive input from board members not serving on their committees.

The State Regulations Committee, which is tasked with the job of monitoring state regulation of charitable gift annuities, reported on its communications with the New York Department of Financial Services over the past few months regarding concerns that had been raised by several ACGA member organizations about some “best practices” posted on the Department’s website earlier in the year.
Terry Simmons Scholarship Applications
The 2018 American Council on Gift Annuities Conference is fast approaching.

We are excited the conference is being held in the beautiful city of Seattle. The conference is designed to provide an educational opportunity for seasoned gift planning professionals and those who are new to the world of philanthropic planning. 
ACGA Committee Spotlight - State Regulations
Ever wonder how all that state-specific information ends up on ACGA’s website? It’s the handiwork of the State Regulations committee! The Committee works continuously to keep the information as current as possible, with updates occurring quickly as it learns of changes. The process is both proactive and reactive: the Committee does its own reviews of the site and reaches out for updates, but action is also prompted by incoming emails from state agencies, or as a result of comments from ACGA members.
Why ACGA Members Renew Each Year
While representing the ACGA at the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning in Baltimore, I asked attendees why they renew their membership each year.

Here are 10 reasons why gift planners and allied professionals maintain their ACGA membership:
Suggested Maximum Rate Schedules Effective January 1, 2012 Unchanged as of November 6, 2017
At its semi-annual meeting in November, 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. We thought it would be helpful to address the nature of the important work of our Rates Committee in this FAQ piece.
Attending the 2018 Conference - Register Early and Save!
A robust program awaits attendees to the 2018 conference which will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, April 25-27, 2018. 

ACGA Board Member and Washington-insider, Emil Kallina, will lead a symposium at the opening of the conference on the latest update on tax legislation and how it will impact our national philanthropic landscape. Our keynote address will address how an organizational “big idea” was implemented when Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, challenged the Oregon Health Science University to raise $500 million in two years to earn a matching gift from him. Pete Summerfeld will show us how OSHU’s gift planning efforts were an integral part of this fund raising success, and Dr. Tomasz Beer will share how this fund raising success is enabling great advances in the fight against cancer. Conference tracks offer topics for those new to the planned giving profession, seasoned professionals, and business officers.

Registering early can help you save $100 on your registration fee, and as a member of the ACGA you will automatically save an additional $200 on each registration from your organization. If you are not a current member of the ACGA and would like to save $200 on your conference registration,  click here  to join or renew your membership.

ACGA offers conference scholarships through The Terry L. Simmons Endowment Fund for individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the Conference without this assistance. Applications are due by December 8, 2017. Applicants will be notified the week of January 8, 2018.  Click here  to submit your application.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle this spring!
American Council on Gift Annuities

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