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CCPG Awards

We are now accepting applications for both The John Heintzelman Service Award and
The Russell V. Kohr Award. Deadline for both applications is March 18, 2022.


The Jonathan Heintzelman Service Award

The Jonathan Heintzelman Service Award is presented most years to a person who is recognized for providing extraordinary service on behalf of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving. The award was named in 2010 in honor of Jon Heintzelman who was the first President of CCPG when it was formed in 1980. Jon, who is a graduate of North Park University and Northwestern University School of Law, was Director of Planned Giving at Northwestern University for over two decades, then became Acting Vice President of Development at Northwestern before being named as Vice President of Advancement at Loyola University and now is now the Exectutive Director at Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt. In addition to running outstandingly successful programs at Northwestern and Loyola, Jon has contributed his talents to CCPG for many decades as a respected leader in the planned giving profession and as a frequent presenter of many luncheon and symposium programs. He is considered a true leader among development and planned giving professionals and his name reflects well upon those people who are selected as awardees of the Jonathon Heintzelman Service Award.

Click Here to download 2022 The Jonathan Heintzelman Service Award application. The deadline is Friday, March 18, 2022. 

2021 Jonathan Heintzelman Service Award Recipient

Chuck Van Hecke, Loyola University
Chuck Van Hecke is Associate Vice President of Advancement at Loyola University of Chicago. He serves on the Advancement senior leadership team and helps manage programs in principal gifts, gift planning, trustee relations, campaign planning, advancement services and special events. From 2015-2018, Chuck was Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He was primarily responsible for implementing and managing SAIC’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, which successfully exceeded its goal. From 1998-2014, Chuck held various development positions, including director of planned giving, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and was on the senior leadership team that led UIC through a successful $675 million comprehensive campaign.

Chuck has been a higher education advancement professional for thirty-one years and considers gift planning to be his fundraising specialty. He is also enrolled part-time in a PhD program at UIC where he is conducting research on factors that influence board member giving to Chicago area nonprofit organizations. Chuck is a longtime member of CCPG and past member of its board of directors. CCPG is proud to honor him for his service to the planned giving community as a leader, volunteer and mentor. 

The people to date who have received the CCPG Service Award are:

  • 2009 Joel Schaffer, DePaul University
  • 2010 Jon Heintzelman, Loyola University (Award named in honor of Jon at the 2010 event)
  • 2011 Denise Baronowski, Banking industry
  • 2012 Sandy Macnab, Alexander Macnab & Associates
  • 2013 Patty Shanahan, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • 2014 Joseph Like, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 2015 Payson Wild, Provenza Consulting
  • 2016 Robert Shafis, Field Museum
  • 2017 Elizabeth Roghair, Consultant
  • 2018 Rich Goode, DePaul University, Office of Advancement
  • 2019 Anita S. Ridge, University of Illinois (Chicago)
  • 2020 Kathy Kielar, WTTW | WFMT


The Russell V. Kohr Award 

In most years the Chicago Council on Planned Giving recognizes and honors a respected leader in the planned giving field from the Chicago area. These are people who are respected as mentors to others and have been noted and accomplished professionals to whom others seek counsel and wisdom.

The Award is named for Russell V. Kohr, the founder of the planned giving program at Ravinia Festival, and who managed that successful program for two decades. Through his talents and skills, Russ made possible the creation of the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. Russ was the oldest member of CCPG when he retired from Ravinia in 2003 at the age of eighty-three. He died shortly thereafter.

Russ had many years in fundraising following his graduation from Northwestern University and his service in the Navy during World War II where he served with distinction in the Pacific theatre. Most of his professional years were in higher education until he came to Ravinia in 1983. He received the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern in 1971 in recognition of his accomplishments in the development profession. He was a gentle soul and a thoughtful, innovative, dignified and very effective leader in the planned giving profession.

Click Here to download 2022 Russel V. Kohr Award application. The deadline is Friday, March 18, 2022.

2021 Russell V. Kohr Award Recipient

Marguerite H. Griffin, Northern Trust
Marguerite H. Griffin is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust. As Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Marguerite is responsible for developing and delivering Northern Trust's philanthropic advisory services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in managing charitable trusts and private foundations, facilitating family philanthropy retreats, and creating strategic philanthropy plans for multigenerational families. She also advises clients regarding impact investing, international philanthropy, family succession planning, and board governance and risk management for nonprofit organizations. 

Marguerite is a respected leader in the Chicago planned giving community. Marguerite is a sought-after speaker in the areas of impact investing, private foundations, family legacy philanthropy and nonprofit board governance. In addition to being an active CCPG member for many years, Marguerite is also an active volunteer, serving on the board of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and as a planned giving advisor with several charitable and cultural institutions across Chicago.

The people to date who have received the Russell V. Kohr Award are:

  • 2005 Marc Carmichael, R&R Newkirk Co.
  • 2006 Art Murray, Bank of America and The Salvation Army
  • 2007 Bill Cline, Northwestern University
  • 2008 Dorothy Speidel, Northwestern University
  • 2009 David Crabb, University of Chicago
  • 2010 Frank Minton, PGCalc
  • 2011 Charlie Slamar, Charles Slamar and Associates
  • 2012 LeRoy Johnson, Covenant Trust Co.
  • 2013 James R. Hellige, Foley and Lardner
  • 2014 Scott McCue, McCue LLC
  • 2015 Kathy Sperlak, R&R Newkirk
  • 2016 H. Kenwood Lewis, Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • 2017 David S. Rosen, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • 2018 Marilyn Schaffer, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 2019 Andre Donikian, Pentera

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