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Welcome to the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles. Here you will discover a world of resources for you as a planned giving professional, whether you work directly with the donor or client or your work intersects with philanthropic partners across the realm of giving conversations. We challenge you to join us and bring your expertise and knowledge to our network and community. No matter your level of expertise, you will find value in your association with the individuals who make up the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

A recent survey of our members highlights the many important reasons one is, or becomes, a member of PPP-LA.  Networking, Connections and Connectivity, Knowledge, Resources, Educational Opportunities and webinars) and Mentorship were reported time and again as the most important and meaningful reasons to belong to this community.  We are a collective of professionals integrated fields; planner, trust officer, advisor, attorney, financial guru, gift officer all working to ensure our donors and/or clients are able to meet their philanthropic goals.

As a member of the community of planned giving professionals, I have found being part of this dynamic and flourishing industry meaningful and challenging both personally and professionally.  I believe you too will find it to be informative, useful and inspiring. 

As a member of PPP-LA volunteer leadership, my sincere desire is to make this organization better for the individual as well as the whole.  To that end, we will be undertaking a five-year strategic planning process in the coming months to explore how better to serve all our members and to encourage growth and opportunity for each of you around every corner. In addition, we are exploring a change in our look and feel.  We look forward to introducing you to the new “us” before the year is out!

I hope you find the information here helpful as you navigate your way through the website and find yourself drawn to our General Meetings.  Networking with colleagues both new and seasoned, you will be inspired with real tools and examples to use in your own gift planning practice. Our speakers are drawn from local and national experts, with topics and sessions ranging from advanced case studies, mini-roundtables discussion and exposure to the innovative ideas that keep donors and institutions on the forefront of philanthropy.  All the while keeping an eye on the basic concepts that make planned giving so compelling.

Or join the group at the 2017 Western Regional Planned Giving Conference.  This year the 26th meeting of our annual conference - To Boldly Go – Exploring the Future of Gift Planning, will be heldMay 31 - June 2, 2017 at the Westin South Coast Plaza.  Here you will find a variety of educational courses aimed at providing skills for the beginning, mid-term career professional and the seasoned pro.  From the pre-conference session to the final keynote, our conference line-up will not disappoint!  Be ready to learn, inquire, network and connect at the best planned giving conference in the country.

The success of PPP-LA is due to the dedicated efforts of our generous volunteers.  I highly encourage you to consider joining the volunteer force, with a wide-range of opportunities from which to choose, and find for yourself there is no better way to build a network of friends and colleagues than by becoming more involved in the activities of the organization.  Please reach out to our Volunteer Chair, Jim Jacobs, for more information or find him at the next General Meeting and introduce yourself!

It takes a full community to ensure our success over time and without the generous financial support of our sponsors at General Meetings, the Regional Conference and the educational offerings held throughout the year, we would not be able to provide all the great programmatic content throughout the year.  A sincere thank you for all you do for PPP-LA!

On behalf of the PPP-LA Board, thank you for being part of an exceptional group of professionals.  If you are not already a member, consider joining us and becoming part of the group for yourself.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone kvalentine@laphil.org  and (213) 972-7270, along with any of the other Board Members if you have suggestions on making your membership experience the best it can be!



Kimberley Valentine
President, PPP-LA

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