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POSTPONED DUE TO CT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND TRAVEL BANS 9:15 am Feeling Uncertain about the SECURE Act?; 10:45 am Donor Stories in Marketing—To Use or Not to Use?

With regard to COVID-19, PGGCT asks any registrants who have been to or through a location designated as Level 3 or higher by the CDC in the last 14 days, please do not attend.   Cancellations received within 24 hours of the event will be 100% reimbursed.  The same holds true for anyone who is feeling under the weather.  In addition, we encourage attendees to refrain from shaking hands when greeting each other .

Please note that as of today, there are no plans to cancel this event, however, if the State of CT declares a State of Emergency, we will comply. In that case, you will be notified and reimbursed if payment was received.


PGGCT meets five times a year, usually on the 2nd Thursday of every other month, from September through May.

We typically offer coffee and danish in the morning with two or three sessions, a break in between, followed by lunch, at each program.

Meetings are part of membership benefits and there is no additional charge for current PGGCT members. Guests are $50.
2.5 CFRE CE are approved. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
9:15 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time


Ashlar Village
74 Cheshire Road
Wallingford   CT   06492
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Edward Abdelnour
Senior Vice President, Wealth Strategies Advisor
Bank of America Private Bank

Mar 12 2020 9:15AM

Feeling Uncertain about the SECURE Act?

Ed Abdelnour, Esq. with Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust Company) will take the mystery out of this new legislation.

Claudia Donikian, JD, MBA
President/CEO and Chief Marketing Officer
Pentera, Inc.

Mar 12 2020 10:45AM

Donor Stories in Marketing—To Use or Not to Use?

The planned giving industry assumes that donor stories are an effective way to inspire other donors and to increase engagement, including response, in marketing materials. There has been no formal, large-scale research study conducted on planned giving marketing materials to support or counter those assumptions—until now. The Pentera research study to be presented analyzes two key metrics: the click-through rate and the response rate in tens of thousands of e-newsletters that went to millions of prospective donors over several years. The study includes one surprising key finding: certain types of donor stories can actually decrease response rates. Based on the findings of the study, we will recommend when to use donor stories in marketing materials and when not to, as well as what types to avoid. Attendees will receive guidelines for writing effective donor stories and using donor blurbs to get the best response rates possible.

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