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It feels right for my first post to be about my journey to legacy giving consulting.
I practiced law for many years and felt like "something was missing." I was always drawn to volunteer work for nonprofits, so I set out to talk with as many people in the nonprofit world that I could in order to see where I could fit in. I knew that I didn't want to practice law in a nonprofit setting, but instead use my skills to do something else (what that was, I wasn't sure at the time!).
Luckily, I met with a wonderful woman, the CFO of a major arts organization, that within 5 minutes said to me "you should be doing planned giving." I didn't even know what that was! Further exploration, and a few months later, landed me a job as a planned giving associate, and then 18 years later (yikes!) and a couple director of planned giving jobs under my belt, and lots of teaching and coaching positions, I realized that I wanted to reach as many nonprofit professionals as I can to help them build their programs and raise more money. And, hence, I launched Everyday Planned Giving not even a year ago.
Right after I launched the wonderful people at MarketSmart (who I have used for my clients and highly recommend) asked me to speak on their podcast about my experiences initially launching my business. It was a lot of fun, and even more laughs listening to it just months later - so much has happened since then!
You can have a listen here:
So now that you know a little bit about me, feel free to email me and tell me a little about you. I read and respond to every email!
Until next time -