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Viken Mikaelian

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Viken is a nationally known speaker and a walking, talking Wikipedia of planned giving knowledge and experience. Thankfully, he also has a sense of humor, which means he delivers it all in a lively, engaging manner—a refreshing alternative to the typical vanilla presentation. (You know, the kind that are dry enough to put a cat on speed to sleep.) Viken’s seminars are packed with practical ideas to help your members raise more and larger gifts, starting immediately. Read More



Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE

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Brian is the President of Gift Planning Development, LLC, a full-service gift planning consulting firm he founded in 2007. His areas of expertise include gift planning assessments, strategic planning, marketing, training seminars, start ups and executive search. Prior to starting GPD, he spent twelve years as a charitable gift planner, directing the gift planning programs for the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College and Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. He has also worked in gift planning at Hamilton College and Clarkson University. He also stays in-demand as a consultant, coach, trainer, writer and presenter for clients and organizations nationwide. Read More



Dr. Scott Janney

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Dr. Scott Janney, a successful planned giving officer with thousands of donor calls under his belt, demystifies complicated gift plans for donors, advisors, and non-profits. Because Scott is “in the business,” he knows the challenges that development and planned giving officers face, and offers helpful insights to enable participants to become more effective in raising significant gifts. He will help you get everyone working together to achieve your organization’s mission. Scott, a nationally-known speaker, presents on a variety of topics. Read More