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For this, the fourth edition of DMPTalks, it was my pleasure and honour to facilitate a conversation with Dr. Frank Minton. For those of us in the planned giving community Frank needs very little introduction, however, perhaps a little background may prove helpful.

Before entering the world of planned giving consulting in 1991, Frank spent over ten years with the University of Washington, where he served as Director of Planned Giving and Executive Director of Development. Previously he served as Senior Estate Planning Officer and Field Director at Northwestern University, and was for six years a professor at Muskingum College in Ohio. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Minton has served both as conference chair and president of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a nationwide organization of gift planning professionals and in 1992 he received its Distinguished Service Award. He has also received a CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Distinguished Service Award, the David Donaldson Distinguished Service Award from the Planned Giving Group of New England, and he was the first recipient of the Outstanding Development Officer Award from the Northwest Development Officers Association.

He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences in both Canada and the States, has authored many booklets and articles on planned giving topics including Planned Giving for Canadians which he co-authored with Lorna Somers. In 1997, he also received the “Friend of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners” award.

Frank and me at The 2017 Canadian Association of Gift Planners National Conference in Toronto.

Some of the topics we discussed during our 38 minute conversation included:
– What all of us could be doing better as planned giving professionals?
– The primary differences between Canadian and American donors?
– The main reason gift planners don’t succeed. Hint “There is no cash under your desk!”
– What one single critical challenge in the world must we all solve?
– Three key ways we can all bring about change in society.
– What personal contribution Dr. Minton is most proud of.

Click below to listen and I hope you enjoy my conversation with Frank Minton as much as I did!