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Members of CCPG have suggested the following links to planned giving related sites. These links will likely change periodically, and there is no guarantee regarding the number of days the link may be available. We hope you find them helpful and welcome other suggested websites for this list.

The Chicago Council on Planned Giving is pleased to be affiliated with the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, formerly known as the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. CGP has launched a web site at https://charitablegiftplanners.org/ to provide more information about its mission and strategic objectives, and to allow current and prospective partners to participate in prioritizing new programs and services.

Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required to register each year with the Attorney General's office. Potential donors may then access important information such as income, expenditures, programs and administration before giving to the charity. In the links on this page, consumers will find valuable information and tips on donating wisely. Charitable organizations and professional fund-raisers will find specific information on reporting requirements, rules and statutes, and the forms necessary for registering and reporting as required by law.

The IRS requires charities to provide certain information on their exempt status and also provides publications and information helpful to donors.

The American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1927 as the Committee on Gift Annuities for the purpose of providing educational and other services to American charities regarding gift annuities and other forms of planned gifts.

Founded in 1915, the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) is Chicago's community foundation. The Trust is a union of numerous gifts, bequests and other contributions that form individual and collective charitable funds. These funds, many endowed in perpetuity, generate income to make grants to qualified agencies serving greater Chicago. CCT is one of the largest of the more than 550 community foundations in the country. Income from assets totaling approximately $1 billion enables grants to be awarded annually in excess of $35 million. In addition to grant making and working with many donors, the Trust regularly disseminates information and convenes numerous forums that address the region's most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Forefront builds a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois. Founded in 1974, they are the nation’s only statewide membership association for nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, advisors, and their allies. They provide education, advocacy, thought leadership, and project management to attract investment to the sector, develop top talent, improve systems and policies, and build organizational capacity. (Formerly Donors Forum)

Guidestar is a searchable database of more than 640,000 nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

The Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC) helps charitable organizations create strategic alliances with legal, tax, and financial services professionals in their communities who have the capacity to influence philanthropy. The PGDC does this by offering the largest body of technical content and planning resources on the topic of charitable gift planning and taxation found anywhere on the Internet to professional advisors and charitable gift planners.

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