2022 Practical Planned Giving Conference

the Path Ahead

Grow your donor revenue by mastering strategies for successful major & planned gifts programs.

Grow your donor revenue by mastering strategies for successful major & planned gifts programs.


2022 eMarketer of the Year Award

Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Congratulations to Sharp HealthCare Foundation who received the coveted 2022 Emarketer of the Year Award. Sharp HealthCare Foundation effectively uses Crescendo's GiftLegacy tools and services and in the past three years has raised millions in gifts. Linda Spuck, Gift Planning Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the Sharp HealthCare team.

Best GiftLegacy Website Award

The Best GiftLegacy Website Award was presented to Rochester Institute of Technology. Their planned giving website features a clean look with easy navigation, campus images throughout, 19 custom donor stories and their unique RIT branding. Great use of bright and bold accent colors help balance the use of joyful photography and white space to create an impactful story. Congratulations also to Tampa General Hospital Foundation and The Salvation Army - North and Central IL Division who received Honorable Mention in the website category.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Tampa General Hospital Foundation
The Salvation Army - North and Central IL Division

Best GiftLegacy Literature Award

The Best GiftLegacy Literature Award was presented to Wabash College for their beautifully branded suite of marketing materials. Creative use of typography and image layout led to multiple branded pieces that all feel connected. Honorable Mention in this category was awarded to Belmont Abbey College and Music Academy of the West.

Wabash College
Belmont Abbey College
Music Academy of the West

2022 GiftLeader Award

Dr. Eddie Thompson, Ed.D., FCEP

Founder and CEO, Gift Clarity

The 2022 GiftLeader Award was presented to Dr. Eddie Thompson, Ed.D., FCEP for his outstanding leadership in Philanthropy. Eddie is an author, public speaker and thought leader in the gift planning world. He is the Founder and CEO of Gift Clarity which helps nonprofits build stronger relationships with their supporters through their strategic planning services. Eddie is also Chair of the Charitable Estate Planning Institute, an NACGP Board Member and a Major Gifts Officer who has raised $3 Billion in gifts!

Past eMarketer Award Winners

2021 eMarketer Award

Stephanie Judson

President, South Dakota Community Foundation

2020 eMarketer Award

Elizabeth Ayers

Executive Director of Gift Planning, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2019 eMarketer Award

Kimberly Jetton

Director for Planned Giving, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

2018 eMarketer Award

Karla Aho

Direct for Gift Planning, Michigan Technological University

2017 eMarketer Award

Tammy Wernke

Assistant Director, Gift Planning, The University of Cincinnati Foundation

2016 eMarketer Award

Theresa Curry

Senior Director of Gift Planning, University of New Hampshire

2015 eMarketer Award

Julie Heggeness

Executive Director, Gift Planning, Hoag Hospital Foundation

2014 eMarketer Award

David Moore

Assistant Vice President, Legacy Planning, Chapman University

2013 eMarketer Award

Kathleen Bowman

Director of Development, Planned Giving, Purdue University

Past GiftLeader Award Winners

2021 GiftLeader Award

Phil Purcell

Director of Planned Giving, The Salvation Army Central Territory

2020 GiftLeader Award

Glenn Pittsford

Vice President for Gift Planning, Texas A&M Foundation

2019 GiftLeader Award

Brian Sagrestano

Founder, Gift Planning Development, LLC

2018 GiftLeader Award

Russell James

Professor of Charitable Financial Planning, Texas Tech University

2017 GiftLeader Award

Paul Schervish

Professor Emeritus of Sociology & Founder of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, Boston University

2016 GiftLeader Award

Winton Smith

Charitable Estate Attorney, Speaker & Principal Instructor