Call for Presentations

A Call for Presentations Submission Process

The National Capital Gift Planning Council (NCGPC), seeks creative presentations for its 26th Planned Giving Days annual conference. The audience includes 200-250 professional fundraisers, primarily gift planners, as well as a smaller number of allied professionals such as estate attorneys, financial planners, and wealth managers with a charitable focus. Among fundraisers, years of experience varies widely, as does the size of the organization the fundraiser represents. Additionally, all of the nonprofit sectors will be represented: Arts, Health, Social Services, Religious, Poverty Relief, Education, Environment, Emergency Relief, etc. NCGPC proudly offers high-quality educational programming on a range of topics and networking opportunities for professional success.

Following is the schedule for the call for presentations:

  • November 27, 2017, deadline for submissions;
  • January 5, 2018, submitters notified whether they have been selected;
  • January 31, 2018, conference schedule announced.

The conference will be comprised of the following four concurrent educational tracks:

  • FundamentalsIntroduction of planned giving fundamentals for professionals with 0-2 years of experience
  • Donor RelationsBest practices in planned giving prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Communications and MarketingFrom tried and true to cutting edge, ideas that work for every size organization
  • AdvancedChallenging the status quo with fresh ideas and technical concepts for seasoned professionals with 5-10 (or more) years of experience

All breakout track sessions will be one hour long and may include some method of participant interaction.  We expect presenters to create a dynamic, lively, provocative, and engaging experience for conference attendees.  Some preferred topics of interest for the 2018 conference include the following:

  • Advisor Networks
  • Annual Funds and Endowments
  • Blended Giving
  • Branding/Marketing and Fundraising Integration
  • Board and Leadership Development
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Data, Reporting, Analytics, Modeling
  • Deferred and Complex Gifts (annuities, bequests, life insurance, trusts)
  • Demographics
  • Digital Media
  • Direct Mail
  • Donor Acquisition, Retention, Cultivation, Reactivation
  • Donor Advised Funds / Private Foundations
  • Economic or Legislative Forecast
  • Emerging Channels (media or crowdfunding)
  • Ethics
  • Gifts of Non-Cash Assets (real estate, stock, personal property, business interests)
  • Impact Investing
  • International Fundraising Perspectives
  • IRA Charitable Rollover
  • Making the Ask
  • Major Giving
  • Metrics
  • Monthly Giving
  • Planned Giving
  • Recognition Societies and Donor Stewardship
  • Recruiting, Motivating and Retaining Top Talent
  • Research
  • Securing the Visit
  • Social Media
  • Special Events
  • Storytelling / Creative Strategy
  • Tax Rules for Charitable Giving
  • Telefundraising
  • Other

Submission Guidelines:

  • PG Days educational sessions are noncommercial forums. We prohibit selling or promoting products or services.  If you are a consultant, we encourage you to have a client or nonprofit representative co-present with you.
  • There is a limit of two presenters per session. For panels, there is a limit of five presenters including the moderator (one) and panelists (four).
  • Sensitivity to diversity (including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities) is extremely important. Tailor your presentations accordingly.
  • Presentations will be evaluated based on relevance, importance, originality, and upon the speaker’s related knowledge and experience.

Download the PGDAYS Call for Presentations Form