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Biography

William D. Samers is Vice President of Planned Giving and Endowments at UJA-Federation of New York, the largest local not-for-profit in the country, where he leads a 18 person gift planning department. Before UJA-Federation, he worked for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) most recently as the Vice President of Gift Planning and Compliance. He is a past president of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York and served on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning as Secretary and Chair of the Investment Committee. Bill has presented at the AFP International Conference; the National Conference on Planned Giving; the Planned Giving Councils of New York, New England, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Houston, and San Francisco as well as to the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has been published in the Journal of Gift Planning (2004) and the Conference Proceedings for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning National Conference (2008). Bill has been quoted in many publications including the New York Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Non Profit Times. Bill graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from Boston University Law School.

Commentary

An Insider's Guide to an Effective Charitable Gift Annuity Program

Friday, October 15, 2010

An efficient and well‐marketed CGA program will lead to more satisfied donors and more dollars for your organization. This article provides specific steps that a large or small organization can take to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its CGA program. Topics addressed include: getting support from a board of directors, gift administration and accounting, choosing and working with a service provider, compliance, marketing, data collection, and staff training.