Ashton, Brown issue bequest challenge

Using humor, occasional barbs and a background of 35 years in the business, noted consultant and author Debra Ashton challenged local nonprofits Thursday to reach out to donors for charitable gifts from their estate plans.

Salem attorney Eden Rose Brown followed with a plea to development officers to have the “big” conversation with donors about their allocation of philanthropic wealth.

Mike Egan and Bob Dernedde from the Boy Scouts of America concluded with tips on how best to launch bequest programs in local organizations.

It was an afternoon full of suggestions and challenges for the 75 guests and season-pass holders presented by Mid-Valley Development Professionals and LEAVE A LEGACY of the Mid-Willamette Valley. The Oregon Community Foundation and the Diamond Peak Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney helped sponsor the event.

Debra’s slide presentations are available here:

Eden’s slides and handouts are here:

Photo: Debra Ashton, left, and Arminda Lathrop, president of Mid-Valley Development Professionals.

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