Because I saw the potential your education system offered for marketing Planned Giving and your program was less expensive, required less travel and is more focused than other programs, I chose Crescendo’s GiftCollege certification program. At the end of our conference season in October 2009, I began completing the 50 classes necessary for the CGPA certification. Because of the flexibility of taking the online classes on demand, I was able to complete the 50 classes in 7 months with very little interruption to my schedule. Then I completed the certification exam. Our first week, we had a CGA, an agreement to review a large plan and a large IRA rollover (if Congress passes the law).
Howard C. Leach, CGPA
Vice President of Advancement
Word of Life Fellowship
As a planned giving officer for over 10 years, I am still learning! A recent GiftCollege session taught me how to plan a $1.2 million gift for this year rather than at the donor's death years from now. At that time we may not be in a capital campaign like we are now - impeccable timing Crescendo!
Stan Davis, J.D., CFP
Office of University Relations
As a twenty year planned giving officer, I feel the GiftCollege certification program is a priceless gift to our profession. More than ever it is important that we keep ourselves current on the gift options we are offering to our donors and with time being such a precious commodity eLearning is the answer. Once again, Crescendo has set the standard for serving our charitable gift planning needs. Thanks to all involved in this program.
Planned Giving Director
GiftCollege is another Home Run for Crescendo! Two people in our office do Gift Planning and both of us have signed up for GiftCollege. With our schedules and your flexibility it is possible for each of us to view the weekly session at our convenience. GiftCollege has given us the ability to learn and review options that we might have missed. This is better than time away from the office at school or seminars as each week we are in discussions about how can we use the current topic in our planning with donors. Once again Crescendo is providing a tool to help each person be more professional in their daily work. I have recommended GiftCollege and certification to many of my peers. Thank you for all the work you do to help us be better.
Ronald W. Smith, CFRE
Gift Planning Counselor
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation
I am enjoying GiftCollege tremendously. I am a seasoned senior major gifts officer, who is assuming the role of planned giving officer for our organization. Since I have no plans to become a CPA or LLD, your program is just right for me—I’ve already learned so much about the benefits of various options, and the pitfalls that need to be avoided. You and the others who run the program have also been very responsive to any questions I have had.
Mary L. Chrastil
Director of Major and Planned Gifts
This was my first experience with GiftCollege and I found it to be excellent. The webcast was especially effective at imparting the material in an easy to understand and effective manner. I especially appreciated the question and answer section that helped to reinforce concepts and ideas. Thank you for providing this quality educational resource. I look forward to viewing and learning a great deal from GiftCollege.
Director of Development