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Biography of Ronald A. Brown

Ron BrownRon is the author of A History of Charitable Gift Planning (Amazon 2017) and many articles and presentations. He served as director of gift planning at Princeton University, Fordham, Pratt Institute, United Way of America, and the National Wildlife Federation, and as a senior gift planner for Columbia University. He has served as a board member, mentor, and presenter for the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater NY, which selected him for a professional achievement award in 2019.

He was a board member and chair of the Research Committee for the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA, 2008-2016), served on the board of NCPG (now the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners), was president of the Gift Planning Council of NJ, and is a member of Princeton University’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee.

He was a member of the Advisory Council on planned giving for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a Contributing Author for the Planned Giving Design Center, and served as a member of the Editorial Board for Planned Giving Today.

Ron received an AB degree from Princeton University and an MA degree from the University of Chicago, where he studied the history of ideas and edited News & Notes, the newsletter of the Oriental Institute. A retired Commander in the US Naval Reserve, he received two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for writing and research while serving with the US Naval Historical Center.

He has two children and two grandchildren, and lives in Manhattan.

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