SEPTEMBER FEATURED PRESENTATIONS & SPEAKERS
The Economic Redevelopment of Atlanta
A.J. Robinson, President, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District
A.J. Robinson is President of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID). CAP is a private business association started in 1941, and remains one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the City, and State. Robinson manages the overall strategic functions of CAP and ADID, two groups committed to making the Atlanta community and specifically Downtown, more livable, appealing, vital and diverse. CAP has created and spun off a number of organizations such as Trees Atlanta, Research Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park Area, Inc., the Midtown Alliance, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and GeorgiaForward. In 1995, CAP created the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Ambassador Force to address public safety, cleaning concerns, and to stimulate capital investment. Today, the organizations’ key initiatives focus on economic development, planning, public safety, and overall marketing of Downtown Atlanta. CAP is funded through membership dues and grants from many of Atlanta's major corporations, as well as organizations and foundations committed to the development of Downtown. ADID is funded by downtown property owners. Over the past decade, A.J. has consistently been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians, as well as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential Atlantans, and has been a part of many local, state, and national task forces and projects.
The Tax Guy Who Became the Psychology Guy!
Scott H. Sikes (left), Co-founder of the Georgia Planned Giving Council &
Peter J. Ticconi, Jr., Founder of CANARAS Planned Giving Group
For the experienced professional, this presentation will (a) help you better prepare yourself to meet your donors/prospects and (b) give you example phrases and practice in asking your donors/prospects probing questions that help them decide what their legacy strategy might be and how to arrange a charitable legacy. For those new to the major gifts/planned giving world, this presentation will help you (a) better prepare yourself for relationship building with donors/prospects and (b) focus on what is most important in this process—listening to donors rather than selling them an idea.
Scott H. Sikes was one of the co-founders of the Georgia Planned Giving Council with Zoe Hicks in July 1988—30 years ago. He is also one of the four co-founders of Columns Fundraising, a full-service, national nonprofit consulting company—which continued its rapid growth last year with the acquisition of Palmetto Grant Consulting. He is the former VP of Development and Community Relations for Shepherd Center hospital, VP of University Advancement for Valdosta State University, Interim Director of Development for the University of Georgia, and a financial planner in private practice with Johnson, Lane, Space, Smith & Company. A perpetual adult learner, over many years he earned his MBA, Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®), Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Georgia Hospital Association GHA Certified Trustee, and was named a “Fellow” of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).
Peter J. Ticconi, Jr., is a gift planning consultant, speaker, researcher, and author with more than 40 years of experience. He has studied at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family as an Emotional System. He is the founder of the CANARAS planned giving group and served on the boards of the Planned Giving Group of New England and Chesapeake Planned Giving Council. Some of his research has been published in Planned Giving Today. He recently retired from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was the Executive Director of Gift Planning and Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In his over 40 years in gift planning, Pete has led programs at Connecticut College, Babson College, St. Lawrence University, Williams College, and The Johns Hopkins Institutions.