This session covers a number of life lessons from this professional in 35 years of gift planning, a pivotal time when gift planning went national. From an early emphasis on vehicles and technical knowledge, to the entry to many related professionals into gift planning, and now to life stage gifts and donor benefits, where it should have always been. Common missteps like not seeking advice from colleagues, not being a cheerleader for gift planning in your nonprofit, to not listening to donors, and not partaking of your local planned giving council, NACGP and ACGA will be covered, as will how to continue to hone your skill set, learning ethically on the job with real donors and real scenarios.
Pamela Jones Davidson, J.D., is President of DAVIDSON GIFT DESIGN, Bloomington, Indiana, a consulting firm specializing in gift planning, planned giving program design and implementation, and training. She is also a Senior Vice President for THOMPSON & ASSOCIATES, offering estate planning services to nonprofits; she has earned its FCEP designation. Before forming her own company in 1999, she was a charitable gift planner and consultant for three years with Laura Hansen Dean and Associates, Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1985 through 1996, she was with Indiana University Foundation, leaving that organization as its Executive Director of Planned Giving and Associate Counsel, and quadrupling its planned gift expectancies under her directorship.
Ms. Davidson received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1975, and graduated magna cum laude and top 10% from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1979. She has previously been an examiner in the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and later practiced business, corporate and probate law with an Indianapolis law firm before joining the nonprofit sector in 1985.
Ms. Davidson was the 1999 President of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, “NACGP”), and served NCPG in various capacities during her six years on the Board, in 1995 as Education Chair, in 1996 as Secretary, and as President Elect in 1998. She served as NCPG’s 2000 Nominating Committee Chair and as a past member and chair of its Ethics Committee. She is a member of NACGP’s Leadership Institute, and in 2018, was inducted in the second year to its Hall of Fame.
Ms. Davidson has been on the Editorial Board of the Planned Giving Design Center, and has served as faculty of The College of William and Mary National Planned Giving Institute. She is a past board member and past treasurer of the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now, Association of Fundraising Professionals, “AFP”), and is a past board member and president of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana. She is a past president of the Network of Career Women, a Leadership Bloomington alumna, and has served on many nonprofit Boards and development committees of local charities. She serves on the Community Advisory Board (“CAB”) of her local public television station and is a member of APTS (America’s Public Television Stations) (Lay) Leadership Council; she has served her local public radio station on its CAB too.
Ms. Davidson over her long career has made countless presentations throughout Indiana and nationally to development professionals including leadership, planned giving councils, estate and tax attorneys, accountants and financial planners, and to prospects and donors about gift planning and charitable giving techniques. She is known for her motivational and empowering messages stated in practical and pragmatic terms about gift planning advantages and options that can benefit individuals, families and valued charities all, the “how to do smartly what you already want to do,” that prompts a gift conversation.