Nonprofit Organizations Hedge Against a Tough Economy with Donor Motivation Program and Planned Giving Strategies' Secret Millionaire Contest

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Nonprofits Grow Strong by Educating Donors. Two Experts Share Their Passion for Giving and Ensure Survival for Future Generations of Nonprofits with the Donor Motivation Program and Planned Giving Strategies

L to R-Secret Millionaire James Malinchak; Greg Hammond CFP,CPA, President, Planned Giving Strategies; Kelly Ashton Bradley, Marketing Director, Planned Giving Strategies; Scott Iles, VP, Planned Giving Strategies; Scott Keffer, author and founder of The Donor Motivation Program

“It’s a bona fide ‘feel good’ show putting the spotlight on people of means who are making a difference by giving both time and money to charity” reflect Greg Hammond, CFP®, CPA and Scott Iles, of Planned Giving Strategies, Wethersfield, CT.

Today's nonprofits face fierce conditions for survival. The health of the nonprofit sector so critical to our economy, oversees almost 13 million employees, or 1 out of every 10 employees in the United States workforce. Many people want to give, but aren't sure where to begin.

Greg Hammond, CFP®, CPA & Scott Iles have made it their life mission to educate and excite people about the power of philanthropy in their lives.

For most nonprofit organizations, the never ending question of how to motivate donors to support the organization and find the time to see more donors face to face rings loud and clear. Nonprofits are facing their greatest challenges ever due to the economy and the avalanche of information and marketing messages that barrage their donors each day.

Most people are unaware of the sheer size of the nonprofit sector which represents a significant portion of our economy, overseeing almost 13 million employees, or 1 out of every 10 employees in the United States workforce. U.S. nonprofits produce $1.1 trillion in annual revenues--5% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If U.S. nonprofits were a country, it would rank as the sixth largest economy in the world--larger than Canada or Russia. Therefore, the health of the nonprofit sector is critical to the health of our economy.

Many people want to give, but worry they will not have enough. They do not realize they can leave a lasting legacy to benefit the charities or educational institutions they care deeply about while leaving the same or more to their heirs with little or no impact on their lifestyle.

Greg Hammond, CFP®, CPA & Scott Iles have made it their life mission to educate and excite people about the power of philanthropy in their lives. While together on a business trip, Hammond and Iles brainstormed about how two ordinary people such as themselves could reach out and do more. How could two hardworking professionals fit more into their lives? They had already made a commitment to hold fundraisers for CT Children's Medical Center, but they wanted to do more, be more and give more.

In a chance meeting with Scott Keffer, founder of The Donor Motivation Program, Hammond and Iles found the answers they sought. Keffer founded the Donor Motivation Program to educate donors on the benefits of giving and was looking for advisors to bring the program to organizations across the US and Canada. In this, Greg Hammond CFP®, CPA and Scott Iles found their passion, founding Planned Giving Strategies, which partners with organizations and their donors to secure the continuity and financial stability of nonprofit organizations through the creation and development of successful legacy giving programs ensuring financial stability for future generations.

Greg Hammond CFP®, CPA, Scott Iles, Scott Keffer, and Donor Motivation Professionals across the United States have joined together with James Malinchak, featured in the new ABC hit series "Secret Millionaire" airing March 20, 2011 at 8PM eastern for the Planned Giving Secret Millionaire Contest.

"This very special contest is designed to spotlight the power of giving in conjunction with James Malinchak, featured on ABC's New Primetime TV Show, 'Secret Millionaire' comments Greg Hammond CFP®, CPA, Founder and CEO of Planned Giving Strategies, Wethersfield, CT and advisor for The Donor Motivation Program, the contest sponsor.

The new ABC TV series, "Secret Millionaire," highlights some of America's most successful self-made millionaires who have agreed to embark on a truly life-changing journey. That journey will start in some of this country's poorest areas and end as each of these millionaires must reveal their identity and reward unsung community heroes and charities with hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money.

As a result, The Donor Motivation Program decided to use this positive show and their relationship with James Malinchak, who is a believer in planned giving and The Donor Motivation Program, to bring attention to charitable giving in general, and legacy giving specifically.

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