Collegians Selected as Planned Giving Symposium Scholars
06/16/2018

Two local college students of exceptional promise were nominated by their respective schools to attend the annual Planned Giving Symposium.

Online PR News – 16-June-2018 – Fort Myers, FL – Two local college students of exceptional promise were nominated by their respective schools to attend the annual Planned Giving Symposium, sponsored by the Planned Giving Council of Lee County.
Florida Gulf Coast University nominated Lisa Ray, currently completing the Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. Ray holds the Bachelor's in Communication from FGCU, graduating magna cum laude in 2015. As a volunteer, she serves the FGCU Staff Advisory Council and FGCU Alumni Association and was senate president of FGCU Student Government.
Florida Southwestern State College nominated Lena Mendoza, who is expected to complete the Associate of Arts in Business in 2019. Mendoza is a first-generation college student. Currently employed in the retail sector, she aspires to serve in nonprofits. Her volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity of Florida. She is a Fort Myers native.
Professionals in philanthropy, financial services and the nonprofit sector convened on June 7, 2018 at Florida Southwestern State College's Fort Myers campus to share current thinking and methodology in giving for social impact.
The scholars attended the symposium at no charge. They were mentored for the day by Planned Giving Council board member Dr. Z. Allen Abbott, philanthropy specialist for Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida. Each student prepared for the event by studying selected materials related to the speaker and topic for the day. The scholars demonstrated a proficiency in the basic concepts of philanthropy presented at the symposium.
"As the fundraising profession continues to evolve, it is important to help prepare future generations of professionals in our field," said Trevor Whitley, president of The Planned Giving Council of Lee County and partner and financial advisor with Marquis Wealth Management Group. "Our goal is to foster the development and engagement of young fundraising professionals. In addition, our organization can benefit from new ideas, enthusiastic perspectives and attitudes about philanthropy and serving the greater good."
For more information about The Planned Giving Council of Lee County, visit www.plannedgivinglee.org.
About the Planned Giving Council of Lee County
The Planned Giving Council of Lee County provides programs presented by expert speakers, symposiums, networking and guidance to professionals involved in all aspects of charitable giving. PGC members are committed to better serving their donors and clients by helping them to make charitable gifts that are well planned both financially and philanthropically. The council strives to engage all constituents in the charitable gift planning process: planned giving and major gifts professionals, nonprofit managers and trustees, financial and estate planners, trust managers and administrators. For more information go to www.plannedgivinglee.org or call (239) 850-0040.