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A Word from the Chair September 2018


Did you know that for 91 years the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) has been the country's only non-profit dedicated to suggesting maximum charitable gift annuity rates?   This work benefits donors as well as the charities that they support by advancing and promoting responsible philanthropy.

Summer is the time organizations renew their ACGA membership.  This year has seen several key offerings for the charitable community that your membership helps supports:  an increase in its schedule of suggested maximum charitable gift annuity rates that went into effect on July 1, 2018; a new research report released; and  the announcement of our 34th Conference on Gift Planning scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia (not too early to put on your calendar). Your ACGA membership supports all of this and more.   Take a look at some of the resources available to your organization through the ACGA:

  • Sound suggested maximum charitable gift annuity rates. The ACGA’s suggested gift annuity rates are the industry standard which adds credibility to your donor relationships and your organization’s gift annuity program.
  • Professional development, valuable connections, and quality training opportunities. The ACGA has consistently brought together top experts in the field of charitable giving to train and mentor our members and all who want to attend our renowned biennial planned giving conference. Attendees have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues and allied professionals as they gain new insights about planned giving techniques, marketing and administration.
  • Critical role in state gift annuity regulation, legislation and appropriate consumer protection.The ACGA monitors and responds to state gift annuity regulation issues that arise from time to time. Membership in the ACGA gives each organization that issues charitable gift annuities an opportunity to have impact on the regulatory process in their state and underscores your commitment to ethics, accountability and appropriate consumer protection for your donors.

If you’ve not yet renewed your annual ACGA membership for only $200, do so now and don’t miss out on all the news and unique resources that only ACGA brings to you and your organization.    

On behalf of the all- volunteer ACGA Board, thank you for supporting this work that serves our missions and our donors.