As a development professional whose responsibilities relate to a range of fundraising areas, I appreciate both the depth of knowledge my more planned-giving-specific colleagues in IPPP have to share and the programs featuring regional and nationally-known speakers with planned giving expertise.  Whether you deal with planned giving issues on an occasional basis like me or it’s the primary focus of

your position, IPPP provides valuable knowledge and contacts.

Betsy Matt Turner

Vice President of Advancement
Putnam Museum and Science Center

​​What do board members say about belonging to IPPP?

I believe that there are two main reasons 
to belong to IPPP.  The first reason is to 
obtain more knowledge about planned 
giving.  There are four lunch meetings 
each year at which an expert in some

phase of planned giving makes a

presentation.  Some of these meetings

are joint with the Quad City Estate Planning Council 

or AFP of the Quad Cities. In addition there is a monthly roundtable at which members exchange practical suggestions on how to enhance planned giving programs.  The second reason is contacts.  IPPP has members who are knowledgeable and experienced in planned giving.  Membership gives one the opportunity to meet and discuss questions, issues or problems with people who have probably encountered the same situation. 

Marlin "Hap" Volz, Jr., J.D.
Retired Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank
Volunteer Trust and Estates Senior Consultant
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend 

IPPP is worth membership. Charitable giving is vital to the health of the area economy, and the success of our area nonprofits depends in part on their ability to create a comprehensive planned giving program.  The ability to meet with area fundraisers, and hear their tips and stories, has proven invaluable to me, as an advisor as well as a member of a small nonprofit working on creating a planned giving program. 

Trista L. Foster, J.D., AAMS®
Investment Management Group
Assistant Vice President, Trust Officer
Northwest Bank & Trust Company

I have been a member of a planned 
giving council since beginning my 
career in 1988, and I'm still always
learning something new. The benefits 
of having a network of colleagues who
inspire, encourage and assist one 
another are immeasurable.  Our

clients and donors, and those they help

through their philanthropy, are the ultimate beneficiaries of our collaborative work!

Barbara J. Melbourne, J.D.
Vice President of Development
​Community Foundation of the Great River Bend