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Starting or Enhancing a Planned GIving Program
Planned Giving is a great way to start and build your nonprofit organization's Endowment Fund without interfering with other fundraising efforts.

We can show your nonprofit how to use planned giving to increase your endowment.

We can help you develop marketing techniques, acquaint your donors with a wide variety of planned giving instruments, and help your volunteers cultivate and solicit planned and deferred gifts for your endowment.

Over the past 25 years we have spent in fundraising, this has become one of the specialties of Philanthropy Solutions, LLC. We have taken more then $50 million in planned gifts for our clients, and have built more than 250 endowment programs in nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan.

Let us show you how to build an endowment fund easily and effectively using wills, gift annuities, life insurance and a variety of charitable trusts.

Let us write your gift policies and procedures and coach you in your marketing efforts. This is one of our specialties within the fundraising profession.


There are four very simple but powerful reasons why there is an unusually good match between planned gifts and the nonprofit organiztion's endowment fund.

1. Using planned and deferred gifts for endowment keeps donors from becoming confunsed over what you need.

2. Using planned gifts for endowment allows the cash gifts to go to operations

3. You can say to every donor, "We'll never use up your gift to the endowment fund, but we will use it year in and year out. We will take just as good care of your gift of assets as you would have, by investing them and using only a part of each year's appreciation." That's a strong selling point.

4. Both planned gifts and endowment are for the long term. Capital assets of the donor go to capital assets of the nonprofit. A very appropriate fit.


Why use Planned Gifts for building your endowment fund?
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Want to be inspired? Want to know how wonderfully SIMPLE asking for major gifts is:
"Mega Gifts " by Jerrold Panas
Tells who gives mega gifts and who gets them and why. From the fundraiser who set the standard and who makes it look easy.
From Pluribus Press, 1984 and later eds.
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Here is a more "nuts and bolts" book that gives more of the inside workings of a major gift :

"The Art of Asking: How to Ask for Philanthropic Gifts " by Paul H. Schneiter
Tells how to ask for money and get it. Lots of practical tips on how to go about cultivating, visiting with people, and making the "ask."
From Fund Raising Institute, 1985 and later eds.
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Here's major help for major donors who want to give intelligently and are not afraid to do their homework.
"Before You Give Another Dime " by Robert F. Sharpe, Sr.
A masterful resource written by the first "guru" of planned giving, the one who taught most planned giving specialists practicing in the field today. For people who want to give more effectively.
From Thomas Nelson Publ, Nashville, 1979 and later eds.
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Phone 734-484-2166
or send an email to johnfike@philanthropysolutions.com
for more information about how your organization can develop a more effective Planned Giving effort.