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Viken Mikaelian

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Viken is a nationally known speaker and a walking, talking encyclopedia of planned giving knowledge and experience. Thankfully, he also has a sense of humor, which means he delivers it all in a lively, engaging manner—a refreshing alternative to the typical vanilla presentation. (You know, the kind that’s dry enough to put a cat on speed to sleep.) Viken’s seminars are packed with practical ideas to help your members raise more and larger gifts, starting immediately. Read More

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Meredith Sossman Planned Giving
Meredith Sossman, Esq.

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Meredith Sossman, CFRE, JD is an accomplished development professional and attorney, who has helped non-profits achieve better results through insight and experience in all aspects of giving and non-profit management.  In her ten years with the West Chester University Foundation, she served as a campaign director, associate executive director, in-house counsel and chief development officer.  She successfully led the foundation’s $50 million capital campaign.  Meredith is a principal at MM&C Consulting and works with plannedgiving.com to help non-profits exceed their goals by providing experience, insight and proven solutions that drive results while honoring every philanthropist.  She earned her JD at Temple University School of Law and BA at Muhlenberg College. Read More

Dr. Scott Janney CFRE Planned Giving Consultant
Dr. Scott Janney

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Dr. Scott Janney, a successful planned giving officer with thousands of donor calls under his belt, demystifies complicated gift plans for donors, advisors, and non-profits. Because Scott is “in the business,” he knows the challenges that development and planned giving officers face, and offers helpful insights to enable participants to become more effective in raising significant gifts. He will help you get everyone working together to achieve your organization’s mission. Scott, a nationally-known speaker, presents on a variety of topics. Read More

Brian Sagrestano Gift Planning
Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE

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(Currently on leave-of-absence)

Brian’s areas of expertise include gift planning assessments, strategic planning, marketing, training seminars, start ups and executive search. Prior to starting GPD, he spent twelve years as a charitable gift planner, directing the gift planning programs for the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College and Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. He has also worked in gift planning at Hamilton College and Clarkson University. He stays in-demand as a consultant, coach, trainer, writer and presenter for clients and organizations nationwide. Read More