The art and science of planned giving

September 24, 2018

Pat smithson, director of development at the university of Central Missouri and president of Mid-america planned giving council

Pat Smithson is the Director of Development at the University of Central Missouri and president of the Mid-America Planned Giving Council (MAPGC) — a nonprofit organization formed to help fund development professionals improve their charitable gift planning and management skills.


1.    Keep up with technology. It can make your job easier and make you more effective as a fundraiser.

2.    Join a professional group. You’ll need support along the way—and professional development opportunities—so take advantage of the connections and relationships to be found in associations of your peers.

3.    Hire an expert. If you have gaps in your team—or your skill set—consider outsourcing projects to professionals who can assist you.