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Margaret May Damen Speaker, author, and dynamic seminar leader

Margaret May Damen is Founder of the Institute For Women and Wealth in Lake Worth, Florida, which provides a forum for women to recognize and fulfill their abundant wealth legacy of values and valuables. She is the Planned Giving Consultant to the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida; a strategic leadership consultant for the United Way of Martin County Foundation, Stuart, Florida and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Indianapolis IN.

A graduate of Boston University, Margaret has served as a member of their National Alumni Council Board. Her 35-year career in fundraising, financial planning and philanthropic consulting began in the early 1970s as a vice president for development at Boston University, and as public relations director for the College of Fine Arts. She served a public affairs director for New England Conservatory of Music and as Executive Director for Arts Boston. Her career also included 18 years with American Express Financial Advisors as a Senior Financial Advisor where she specialized in philanthropic estate planning or women.

She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader on topics of money, wealth, and women's legacy. As a recognized thought-leader and change maker, she has presented papers at the national conferences of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the International Association of Professional Fundraisers and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropic Professionals. Margaret is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota National Music Fraternity and a classical flutist. She is co-author of “Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation.”

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Where Will Your Philanthropy Be In 2017?

Where Will Your Philanthropy Be In 2017? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “The difference between who you are now and who you are five years from now comes down…Where Will Your Phil…Where Will Your Philanthropy Be In 2017? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “The difference between who you are now and who you are five years from now comes down to the people you meet and the books you read.” – Anonymous The year 2017 seems like a long way off for most of us, but in the blink of an eye it will fly by. And judging by the rhetoric of the proverbial soothsayers, 2017 may well be a pivotal year for women and philanthropy. Today, and moving forward for the next 60 months, I encourage you to reflect on how the insights gathered from each…

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Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest

Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Country music diva, Kathy Mattea’s lyrics, “Standin’ knee deep in a riv…Trust, Transparency …Trust, Transparency Critical in Philanthropic Quest By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Country music diva, Kathy Mattea’s lyrics, “Standin’ knee deep in a river and dyin’ of thirst,” could well apply to the quagmire many people get into when they start their philanthropic quest. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) there are more than 1.5 million not for-profit organizations in the United States. How does a caring and motivated person whose values are aligned with the causes they wish to impact chose the organizations …

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The Energy of Philanthropy

The Energy of Philanthropy By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Sixty-seven years ago, a 13-year-old girl caught in the horrors of the holocaust wrote in her diary, …The Energy of Philan…The Energy of Philanthropy By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Sixty-seven years ago, a 13-year-old girl caught in the horrors of the holocaust wrote in her diary, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank believed in the goodness and compassion of people. We certainly need more conspicuous compassion in the world. Today, four out of five people believe we have lost sight of the fundamental values upon which our country was founded. Philanthropy is one of the three sectors by which we …

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A True Philanthropic Holiday Season

A True Philanthropic Holiday Season By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Each year it seems there is more conspicuous consumption and less conspicuous compassion arou…A True Philanthropic…A True Philanthropic Holiday Season By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Each year it seems there is more conspicuous consumption and less conspicuous compassion around the holiday season. Is it just human nature or do we all get a bit edgy when we hear Christmas Carols and Holiday tunes blast out of the radio and in the shopping malls before Halloween? It seems merchants are "Decking the Halls" way before Jack Frost starts nipping at our toes. Mark DeMoss, author of The Little Red Book of Wisdom, writes "The standard, \'How much should I give?\' gives way…

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Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix?

Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? Once again, I was rewarde…Philanthropic Therap…Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “Philanthropic Therapy: Can Meaning and Money Mix? Once again, I was rewarded with an “aha moment” as I experienced George Kinder’s life planning and financial coaching session. The Kinder Institute of Life Planning takes a holistic approach when designing a wealth holder’s financial plan. Holistic to the point that one of the Institute’s participants, CFP Rick Kahler, in Rapid City, South Dakota, is a leading proponent and co-founder of the Healing Money Issues…

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The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times

The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it w…The Virtues of Passi…The Virtues of Passion in Changing Times By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens Gridlock in Washington, riots in London… has Charles Dickens’ epic novel A Tale of Two Cities become more fact than fiction some 152 years since it was first published? And what does all this have to do with philanthropy (the third sector)? From my perspective, quite a lot. If one believes as I do, the sage wisdom of the …

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What is Your Philanthropic Footprint?

What is your Philanthropic Footprint? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Without going to the extreme of “wearing my heart on my sleeve,” I believe philanthrop…What is your Philant…What is your Philanthropic Footprint? By Margaret May Damen, CFP, CLU, ChFC NABBW's Philanthropy Expert Without going to the extreme of “wearing my heart on my sleeve,” I believe philanthropy shapes the ethics and morals of our society.  America, once a county of the young, is fast graying.  The number of Boomers ready to pass on their core values is increasing at a time when four out of five adults believe the ethics and morals in our country are no longer tracking true north. As a cohort of maturing Baby Boomers we recognize that the world we are passing on to the next generat…

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This year is the bicentennial celebration of Margaret Fuller

This year is the bicentennial celebration of Margaret Fuller’s birth, an extraordinary woman, (1810-1950) with a global vision of equality and human rights; a guiding light for a generation of w…This year is the bic…This year is the bicentennial celebration of Margaret Fuller’s birth, an extraordinary woman, (1810-1950) with a global vision of equality and human rights; a guiding light for a generation of women eager to make a difference and leave a legacy. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first woman journalist on Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune and the first editor of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Transcendentalist journal, The Dial. In the side pocket of my purse I carry a rather tattered slip of paper on which several years ago, I wrote one of her sayings, “The espe…

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The Philanthropic Muse

In the current issues of Fortune Magazine billionaires Warren Buffest, Bill Gales, and Melinda Gates ask the nation’s billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in thei…In the current issue…In the current issues of Fortune Magazine billionaires Warren Buffest, Bill Gales, and Melinda Gates ask the nation’s billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. Such a noble idea could just be the catalyst to reverse decades of “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,” to paraphrase a familiar tune. Individual, corporate and foundation giving to charity in 2008, according to Giving USA, which tracks all contributions, was in the neighborhood of $307.65 billion dollars While many may consider this to be a h…

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