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Keynote Session
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 4:20 PM

The Philanthropic Conversation

Claire Costello, Bank of America Private Bank

Clients are increasingly relying on you, their advisors, for guidance with their philanthropy.  A recent U.S. Trust research study (conducted in partnership with The Philanthropic Initiative) focuses on how successful advisors are at rendering philanthropic advice. The study examines philanthropic conversations between traditional advisors (T&E attorneys, accountants and financial advisors) and consumers of their services and advice, including the logistics and substance of these conversations.  The presentation will share highlights from the research including the disconnects between advisor practices and consumer/client expectations. The results provide powerful insights and best practices for advisors who are interested in engaging with their clients about their charitable plans. 

Attendees will:

  1. Learn to better understand what clients expect from their advisors with respect to philanthropic advice and counsel
  2. Learn where advisors are falling short of those expectations.
  3. Learn how advisors can better meet those expectations.




Claire Costello, JD, Bank of America Private Bank

Claire Costello is the National Philanthropic Practice Executive for Philanthropic Solutions at Bank of America Private Bank. She is a recognized expert in philanthropy. Her reputation results from her involvement with a variety of non-profit ventures and her extensive work assisting high-net-worth individuals and families in identifying and fulfilling their philanthropic ambitions. She supports clients in making a broad range of philanthropic decisions concerning the design and execution of their giving strategies and is responsible for providing thought leadership and identifying best practices for both philanthropic families and nonprofit institutions.

Previously, Claire founded and managed the Citigroup Private Bank global Philanthropic Advisory Service. She also practiced law as a litigator in both the public and private sectors, prior to which she clerked in the U.S. District Court. Claire is  a graduate of Amherst College and New York University School of Law. Claire has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The National Center for Family Philanthropy, on the Council of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, on the Advisory Board of Global Giving, the Hewlett Foundation Donor Education Committee, and the Block Island Land Trust.

Claire does not provide legal advice in her role at Bank of America.

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