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A History of Charitable Gift Planning
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the Publisher or on Amazon.

A History of Charitable Gift Planning

How Gift Annuities Shaped American Philanthropy (1830-1959)

Called “a joy to read,” this is the first book on the history of charitable gift planning in America.  It will give you new perspectives on raising money to support the work of colleges and universities, churches and synagogues, hospitals, museums, and other nonprofit organizations through gifts that provide fixed, lifetime payments to an annuitant.  Practices developed for gift annuity programs profoundly affected American philanthropy, including the use of professional advisors, the valuation of gifts, tracking and influencing legislation, training, research, and ethics.

The book is broader in scope and includes much new material compared to the essays published here in earlier years.  Some mistakes in the essays have been corrected.  There are three new chronological timelines, copies of important texts, an extensive bibliography and footnotes.  See About the Book for details.  Excerpts will be posted here from time to time.

I have taken the old essays down, except for one on the Model Standards of Practice for the Charitable Gift Planner that does not appear in the book.

A History of Charitable Gift Planning is available through the Publisher or through Amazon.

Please write to me at rbrown.pghistory@gmail.com with any comments or corrections.

The First Ethical Standards for Gift Planners: A Fledgling National Association Earns its Wings”

This is something new: a carefully-researched history of an exciting era in charitable gift planning. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 brought many new practitioners into the field, and many new donors. Ethical issues arose over the promotion of charitable remainder trusts as tax shelters; national professional associations struggled with the question of finders fees. After suffering a defeat of its training and certification proposal in 1989, the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG; now the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners) regained political and moral authority when it took a principled and inclusive stand, and adopted Model Standards of Practice for the Charitable Gift Planner in 1991. The lively story behind the Model Standards is told through oral histories and other primary sources.

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