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Recent postings highlighting educational opportunities, state regulation and rate changes, and relevant information for planned giving professionals and donors.  If you would like to view our archived articles, click here.

ACGA State Regulations Committee Update

CoxThe ACGA State Regulations Committee strives to work collaboratively with ACGA members and with state regulators throughout the United States to track potential changes in regulations as well as to provide input on questions regarding state regulations. To that end, the Committee has been working toward a suggested Investment Policy Statement to provide ACGA members.

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A Word form the Chair - December 2018

LockeYour ACGA Board met in early November for its biannual in-person meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our purpose for this meeting was two-fold:  to conduct the regular business of ACGA and for strategic planning to shape the next few years of ACGA work.  The Board came out of that meeting excited about the potential for the future and with a full plate of work ahead to serve our members and the charitable community.

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ACGA Webinar - Vital Signs: Understanding Key Metrics for a Healthy Charitable Gift Annuity Pool

WebinarJoin us on October 30th at 1PM ET for our webinar, Vital Signs: Understanding Key Metrics for a Healthy Charitable Gift Annuity Pool with Crystal Thompkins, CAP®, CSPGCMNational Director of Gift Planning Services, Vice President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management Planned Giving group

While Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs) are beneficial instruments for giving, there are risks associated with managing a CGA program. The over-arching risk is that the charity is on the hook for making lifetime payments to all annuitants and therefore must maintain a level of assets to support those payments, but there are other underlying risks. In order to sustain a successful CGA program, it is important to understand all of these risks and their potential impact as well as the key metrics used to analyze those risks. Understanding, analysis and diligent monitoring can help mitigate risk and promote a healthy gift annuity program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the risks of a CGA pool
  2. Identify and understand the key metrics for monitoring risk
  3. Identify red flags that indicate problems within a pool by reviewing sample CGA pool data
  4. Learn tips for mitigating further risk in a problem pool

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 1PM ET
Cost: ACGA Members - $50 (login for discount), Non-members $75
Register by 1PM on 10/30

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Key Metrics for Charitable Gift Annuity Pools

Crystal Thompkins, CAP® ,CSPGCM
National Director, Gift Planning Services, BNY Mellon Planned Giving

Charitable gift annuities (CGAs) are a popular component of many non-profits’ planned giving programs. Non-profits benefit from long-lasting donor stewardship that can result in impactful gifts, helping to further the organizations’ missions. CGAs are appealing to donors because they are simple to understand, establish and fund, and they provide the security of a lifetime fixed income stream. 

While CGA programs can benefit donors and charitable organizations alike, there are risks associated with these programs. Understanding these risks, evaluating several key metrics and putting the right processes in place can help improve the likelihood of a CGA pool's viability over time.

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Inside the ACGA Board: Crystal Thompkins

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with fellow ACGA Board member and author of this month’s article on CGA metrics, Crystal T. Thompkins, of BNY Mellon Wealth Management Planned Giving, about the ACGA, the hallmarks of a strong gift planning and charitable gift annuity program, and how she sees philanthropy and gift planning changing in the coming years.

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ACGA Member Spotlight


Why ACGA Membership is Important: Chatting with Bryan Clontz, Ph.D, CFP, CAP

When asked why ACGA membership is important, Bryan Clontz, President of Charitable Solutions, LLC, stated that he believes strongly in supporting ACGA’s mission because the important work of the ACGA has been relied upon by planned giving professionals for years. The ACGA is not only important for those who issue charitable gift annuities, but for any person or organization that provides counsel for gift planners, board members, and donors.

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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:

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ACGA Suggested Maximum Rates: Moving Higher

WebinarA webinar for ACGA and CGP members only...

Join the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) and the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) for this free members-only webinar June 14th. The ACGA is the nation’s only 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to suggesting actuarially sound maximum charitable gift annuity rates. What goes into the ACGA’s suggested maximum rates? Why are the suggested maximum rates increasing? What are the implications for donors and charities?

In this webinar, Dave Ely, the Chair of the ACGA’s Rates Committee, will address these questions and more.

Free to ACGA & CGP Members

If you missed the webinar on 6/14/18, ACGA members can login and view the webinar presentation on our website here.

The full paper on the new ACGA rates is now available in electronic format free of charge to ACGA members. The report can be found on our website here.

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New Gift Annuity Survey Highlights Best Practices, Sheds Light on Rapidly Growing Programs

2017SurveyGraphicACGA released data from its latest survey, the 2017 Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities, at its April conference.  The report analyzed the responses of 409 charitable organizations to questions about gifts, annuitants, administration and other topics.  ACGA conducted the last gift annuity survey in 2013.  

Here are a few highlights on charitable gift annuity policies, practices and trends from the 2017 survey:

  • The average age of annuitants at the time of their gifts remained at 79 years.
  • The number of female annuitants (54%) remained larger than the number of male annuitants (46%).
  • The share of deferred annuity contracts and flexible deferred payment annuities continued to increase.
  • Fewer charities needed to transfer money to gift annuity reserve accounts to meet state minimum requirements.
  • 97% of charities follow suggested ACGA annuity rates.

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Reaching New Heights in Gift Planning

The theme for the 33rd Conference on Gift Annuities, Reaching New Heights in Gift Planning paid homage to our host city and set forth an aspiration for each attendee. Nearly 500 gift planners gathered at the Seattle Sheraton for three days of education and networking on April 25-27.  Five of the attendees received Terry Simmons Scholarships, which covered their conference registration.  

The Conference featured a stellar program of speakers and topics which helped attendees reach new heights in the important work they do for our nation’s non-profit organizations.  Keynote speakers Pete Sommerfeld and Dr. Tomasz Beer of the Oregon Health Sciences University showed how big fundraising ideas can be implemented to make real, positive impact on people’s lives.  

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ACGA Member Spotlight

AmandaMartin“I am incredibly grateful for the encouragement from colleagues to join the American Council of Gift Annuities! Our organization has offered charitable gift annuities for over 10 years and has always followed the ACGA rates. Several colleagues mentioned the invaluable experience and knowledge gained as an ACGA member, which I can now echo, and it is an incredible value given the moderate cost of membership. It was definitely a worth-while investment of our department resources.

As a new member, this year was my first year attending the ACGA Conference. It was very well organized with great depth to each session. Everyone from beginners to seasoned fundraisers could learn something new at this conference. ACGA has provided a great forum to meet, network, and learn about best practices in the charitable giving world.”  -- Amanda Kiernan Martin, JD, Planned Giving Director, Episcopal Diocese of California.


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Recent Changes to the ACGA Board

ACGABoardThe following members of the ACGA Board retired from Board service in 2018:

  • Dan T. Garrett, AEP®, CFP®, HDP® (2005 – 2018)
  • Susan Gutchess (2000 – 2018)
  • Edith E. Matulka, J.D. (2009 – 2018)
  • Peter A. Witherell (2012 – 2018)

We thank each of them for their many years of hard work and commitment to the ACGA.

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A Word from the Chair June 2018

LockeEven if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the 33rd ACGA Conference in Seattle in late April, you have probably heard the news that the Board of Directors, at its semi-annual meeting, approved an increase in the suggested maximum rates currently in effect.  The new rate schedule  was published on May 15, 2018 and is effective on July 1, 2018.  The new schedule replaces the current rate schedule which was published on January 1, 2012.    

Whether you are new to the work of ACGA or a long-time member or partner, we hope you understand that one of the primary activities of ACGA is the publication of suggested maximum charitable gift annuity rates for use by charities and their donors.    The ACGA retains the services of an actuarial firm to advise and consult on matters pertaining to life expectancies and related matters.   The ACGA has a long and distinguished record in this area, and its suggested maximum rates have long been recognized, not only by charities and donors, but also by state insurance departments and the IRS as being actuarily sound and in the best interests of all parties involved.

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A Word from the Chair March 2018

Valentine L32 Exhibit Booths / 27 Breakout Sessions / 8 Networking Opportunities / 5 General Sessions / 3 Educational Tracks / 2.5 Days of Education / 1 Great City

The above are the quick facts and figures about the ACGA’s 33rd Conference on Charitable Gift Planning to be held in Seattle, Washington April 25-27, 2018.  The details are that, as it has been doing since 1927, the ACGA has put together two and half days of quality education covering the entire spectrum of charitable gift planning for experienced gift planners, those new to the field, and the non-profit business officers who support gift planning programs.

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Terry L. Simmons Scholarship Winners

In 2008, the American Council on Gift Annuities established an endowment to assist promising gift planners with their professional development.  The endowment was named after Terry L. Simmons in recognition of his leadership and outstanding contributions to the ACGA and entire charitable community.  The endowment provides scholarships to worthy individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the ACGA Conference.  Along with the Simmons family, the ACGA is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2018 Terry L. Simmons Scholarship:

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ACGA Membership Reminder

Strengthen your charitable mission! Your partnership is vital to ACGA’s ability to provide:

  • Sound Suggested Charitable Gift Annuity rates. ACGA’s suggested gift annuity rates are the industry standard which adds credibility to your donor relationships and your organization’s gift annuity program. Simply, without it you lose third party validation with administrators, donors, families, professional advisors and prospects.
  • Quality training opportunities. ACGA has consistently brought top experts in the field of charitable giving to train and mentor our members and all who want to attend our renowned planned giving conference- the longest running conference in the planned giving profession.
  • Appropriate consumer protection. ACGA monitors and responds to state gift annuity regulation issues that arise from time to time. Membership in ACGA gives each organization that issues Charitable Gift Annuities an opportunity to have impact on the regulatory process in their state.

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Keeping Current with State CGA Regulations

StateRegsWe consistently hear from members that the State Regulations section of ACGA’s website is an invaluable resource. This state-by-state information recently received a thorough review by the ACGA’s State Regulations committee. This comprehensive updating, performed by the committee on a recurring basis, is in addition to changes made throughout the year as we hear from our agents, state regulators, and other users of the site.  Since the adage “the only thing constant is change” is oh so true, if you learn of any changes relating to state gift annuity regulation please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2018 Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities Report is On Its Way

SurveyThe ACGA Research Committee has been busy working on the 2018 Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities Report.  The gift annuity surveys conducted by ACGA are the best source of information about charitable gift annuity policies, practices and trends.

ACGA emailed the 2017 Gift Annuity Survey to ACGA members and contacts beginning in September of 2016.  It was made available through a web link on the ACGA website and marketed in the ACGA newsletter.  ACGA also sent a hard copy mailing to organizations that did not respond to the initial email request.

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A Word from the Chair - August 2017

Valentine LWhile we may be at the closing of summer, the ACGA Board has not been “vacationing,” but has been hard at work in many of its signature areas of service to the charitable community and its donors.

Key among those activities is the Research Committee’s hard work on the 2017 Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities.  Their work began over a year ago as they designed the survey and worked to get a good response sample. The responses received from 409 charitable organizations have been analyzed and the first draft of the report was sent out to the committee for review in early July. The final report will be presented at the 2018 ACGA Conference next April. Research Committee Chair Kristen Schultz Jaarda’s article in this newsletter provides more details about this important work of the ACGA board.

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ACGA - Getting Better with Age


In celebration of 90 years of promoting responsible philanthropy, the ACGA has a refreshed and improved look.  Our logo is updated; our colors brightened; the website streamlined; and member benefits enhanced.   While the look has changed, our focus continues to be on supporting strong and flourishing nonprofit organizations, and nurturing generosity.  Our focus for the future remains on you – our members. 

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