National Capital Gift Planning Council

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Program Schedule

NCGPC Complimentary Webinar - June 2, 2020

The National Capital Gift Planning Council invites you to join us for a special complimentary webinar, followed by a brief annual business meeting of the council.

Although COVID-19 forced us to cancel Planned Giving Days 2020, the National Capital Gift Planning Council is pleased to have converted our keynote presentation into a timely, useful webinar that will help you use your influence to affect positive change and to expand your donor base. This webinar is open to members and guests and is provided at no cost.

Diversity in Philanthropy: Are you Stranded in a Donation Desert?


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am

“We know we need to do better but honestly don’t know how!”

This is a common organizational response to the question about diversity in philanthropy. Nearly three-fourths of donors today are non-Hispanic whites, despite the fact that whites make up only 64 percent of the population. If the discipline of gift planning is to thrive, we must recognize and respond to these demographic shifts. By preparing your organization today for a changing constituency, you are sure to see a rise in donations as opposed to seeing them dry up.

To this point, this conversation will delve into the giving motivations and behaviors of people of color. These findings will be followed by shared recommendations for engaging and involving diverse populations in your organization’s mission. Diversity in our profession will also stand front and center. Together, we will explore solutions for closing the opportunity gap often encountered by minority development professionals.

This thought-provoking session will help you gain deeper insights into and dispel misperceptions about philanthropy as it relates to communities of color. You will also learn how to become an ally in the cause of diversity and how to leverage your personal influence to realize positive change. Finally, you will develop skills that will help you expand your donor base, raise more money, and sustain your mission for many years to come.

Join us as we prepare for the cultural changes impacting philanthropy. Replace honest feelings of uncertainty with empowerment. It’s not too late to turn your organization and its philanthropy into a multi-cultural oasis!

Presenter: Tia J. Graham, JD, Senior Director, Gift Planning, PBS Foundation

Tia J. Graham, JDTia J. Graham, JD, leads the gift planning team for the PBS Foundation. She has worked in the field of philanthropy for nearly two decades. Over this time, she’s had the pleasure of helping a diverse group of donors fulfill their passions for public media, higher-education, community philanthropy, and medical research.

Prior to entering the non-profit arena, Tia worked as a financial reporting accountant and estate planning attorney. In these roles, she gained insights into the personal giving decisions made by people from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Tia lives in Jersey City, NJ, with her family. She holds a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a BS in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern State University. Tia is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and Oklahoma Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker for professional development organizations and nonprofits. Tia is a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

NCGPC Annual Business Meeting


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
11:00 - 11:30 am

NCGPC President Elana Lippa will share the State of the Council, and members will vote on the financial report, proposed slate of Board-nominated Officers and Directors and ratify our Council’s recently revised bylaws. The bylaws and proposed slate of candidates for NCGPC Board of Directors will be sent to attendees prior to the webinar. There will be a prize drawing at the conclusion of the meeting, so if you are an NCGPC member, we hope you will stick around for this important opportunity to exercise your right to vote and potentially win a prize for your participation!

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