13 Reasons your Church Needs a Planned Giving Strategy

By Chris McLeod, April 21, 2016

Planned giving plants seeds that will one day yield a bigger harvest. Developing a planned giving strategy is a wise investment in your congregation’s ministry, mission, and future. If you need ways to convince leaders of the importance of planned giving and why this is an integral part of your stewardship ministry, check out this article from Giving Matters. (Photo: Ken Mayer, Creative Commons)

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A licensed attorney with more than 20 years fundraising experience, Chris is the President and Founder of Giving Matters, Inc., an intentionally small consulting firm focused on providing counsel to individuals, families, private foundations, donor-advised funds, and businesses that want to make a difference with their charitable giving. Prior to founding Giving Matters, Chris McLeod held leadership roles at Habitat for Humanity, UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Foundation For The Carolinas, one of the ten largest community foundations in the country with over $1 billion in assets. Chris is the co-founder of The Institute for Philanthropic Leadership and its inaugural program, Leadership Gift School, a program designed and developed in partnership with Karla Williams, ACFRE, to teach nonprofit executive directors and development directors how to cultivate individuals for major gifts. She is a member of the Charlotte Estate Planning Council, North Carolina Planned Giving Council, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and Women Executives. An active member of Leave A Legacy for the Charlotte Region, Chris served as Chair 2008-2010. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Impact Fund, one of the largest and fastest-growing collective giving circles in the country. Known for her practical and passionate approach to “making a difference forever,” Chris is a writer and frequent presenter at national and regional conferences. Chris earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and her law degree from American University.See Chris McLeod's website.

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