About the Central Ohio Chapter

The Charitable Gift Planners of Central Ohio – CGPCO, (formerly the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council (COPGC)) is an association of nonprofit planned giving professionals and those from the allied professions (i.e. legal, banking, insurance, accounting, financial planning) involved in developing, marketing and administering planned charitable gifts.

The Charitable Gift Planners of Central Ohio is a local chapter of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning; formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving) headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CGP achieves its mission through research, education, advocacy, community dialogue and the setting of standards and best practices in philanthropic planning. CGP strives to engage all constituents in the charitable gift planning process: planned giving and major gifts professionals, nonprofit managers and trustees, financial and estate planners, trust managers and administrators.

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Nominations are now CLOSED for 2023

Leave a Legacy Award
2023 National Philanthropy Day
Central Ohio Celebration

Honor and celebrate how a donor’s values, goals, and vision transform into reality through the power of gift planning. 

Of the nine honorees selected for National Philanthropy Day® recognition, eight of the award winners are determined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Ohio Chapter.  One award, the Leave a Legacy Award, has a unique nomination process and is selected by Charitable Gift Planners of Central Ohio (CGPCO).

Leave a Legacy Award (LAL) – Nominations Process 

The LAL Award celebrates donors whose vision is transformed into reality through the power of a planned gift.  A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date.  Bequests, trusts, gift annuities and donations of life insurance are all types of deferred gifts, as are blended gifts which combine a current cash or in-kind outright donation with a future bequest.   

Behind each legacy gift commitment is the story of a donor’s motivations and emotional nexus to the cause. Each donor’s story is unique, yet shares the common threads of connecting, enriching, and changing lives via philanthropy.  We are encouraging nominations of donors at all levels of giving.

Now is the time to tell that unique story by nominating an individual, couple or family who have made a difference to your organization’s mission or the greater central Ohio community through the power of legacy gift planning.

The nomination process is simple:
–  Describe the donor’s motivations and objectives for his/her giving
–  Describe the impact on programs and services or the changes created by the gift
–  Note the gift planning vehicle (current, planned or blended)
–  Limit the nomination to 600 words or less

Nominees must be living at time of nomination and be able to participate in the AFP National Philanthropy Day event on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

Nominations from previous years may be re-submitted if the nominee was not selected.

LAL Nominations are due by Friday, May 5

Submit the nomination to copgc@cs.com and state “Leave a Legacy Award” in subject line.

Questions?  Contact Suzy Lucci, LAL Nominations Chair, at suzy.lucci@columbuszoo.org

Recent Leave a Legacy honorees:

2022 – Rohini Desai Mulchandani, PhD

2021 – Zoe and Jack Johnstone

2020 – Gifford Weary, PhD

2019 – Joe Chlapaty

2018 – R. Kevin Kerns, Trustee of the Karen Kerns Dresser Trust

2017 – J. W. Straker (Bill)

2016 – Dr. Thomas and Margaret Williams

2015 – Louise Warner

2014 – Peter and Janet Halliday

2013 – Beth Grimes Flood

2012 – Dorothy “Dotty” T. Henderson

2011 – Anne Powell Reily

2010 – Dr. Jerome J. and Mrs. Margaret A. Cunningham

2009 – Kathryn Sanders Rieder

2008 – Joanne McGuire