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Conference On Philanthropy 2017

Letter from the President
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Dear Fellow AIP Member,

Welcome to the official website of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP).Whether you’re a consumer looking for advice on philanthropy or an advisor to families on charitable matters you have come to the right place. It’s with great excitement I write you this letter as your newest AiP President. This is an honor I don’t and won’t take lightly as the AiP community has been part of my family for two decades.

My late brother, Scott Fithian, was one of the founding members of this great organization and AiP recognized Scott’s contributions to the world of philanthropy when they created the Fithian Service Award, the highest ranking award given by the association to those with a distinguished career in service to philanthropy.

I’m sharing this with you because it’s what drives me as I think about the impact AiP can have on the philanthropic community. I continue to be surprised when I meet people working in philanthropy who have never heard of AiP and I am sure many of you run into those very same conversations in your communities. We can’t change this reality overnight, but we can make substantial strides towards growing our awareness in the marketplace which will generate opportunities for AiP and all of its members.

To do this we have an amazing board, but that in itself is simply not enough. We need to enlist the help of our great membership and so I ask of you the following:

  • Get involved in a committee. We have several amazing committees and your involvement doesn’t have to require a lot of time. Please visit the web site to review the committees or contact Sheila Gidley at the AiP office (312) 252-2501 to inquire. Feel free to reach out to me directly as well for any guidance

  • Urge your colleagues to get connected. As I mentioned earlier we all know people who would benefit from being a member of AiP and in turn our membership community benefits as well. We meet folks at other events or conferences who are not aware of AiP. Maybe it starts by simply urging them to attend the annual conference.

  • Share your knowledge and wisdom: Throughout the year there are opportunities to present and share ideas through our webinar series, the annual conference and last but no least through the AiP social media pages. We are going to continue to look for opportunities to increase the awareness for AiP and its members

The AiP community is a broad and collaborative community consisting of philanthropic consultants, financial advisors, accountants, fundraisers, lawyers, trust officers and resource providers that share a common interest in advancing philanthropy. As a fellow member of AiP one of the great values we receive is the openness and desire the group has to share. You can see relationships transform right in front of your eyes from colleague to friend and then ultimately family. For those of you who are not currently members, I ask you one question: If philanthropy is truly your passion and your work, where do you turn for advice and guidance?

Our annual conference will take place this April 27-29, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Please join us for this outstanding event. The 2013 conference hosted an amazing line up of speakers featuring an array of topics that were both timely and cutting edge. Laura Malone has stepped up again as our 2015 Conference Committee Chair and so you should probably just book your trip today because it’s going to be the one meeting you can’t afford to miss, especially if you are a philanthropic advisor.

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Yours in Philanthropy,


Todd Fithian

International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy
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