Greetings from the Council President

     I would like to personally invite you to join us at our next meeting of the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council.  SMPGC was created in 2002 to unite the planned giving community to better serve the charitable planning needs of donors and clients in East Tennessee. As one of more than 130 local councils that make up the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (“PPP”), our goal is to facilitate, coordinate and encourage education and training of professionals who devote their professional attention to charitable planning. Further, we work to promote a collaborative effort among members of the legal, financial and development communities in serving the charitable, financial and estate planning needs of donors and clients.

     The Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council is open to planned giving, fundraising, financial and legal professionals in the East Tennessee area who devote at least a portion of their time to assisting donors in making charitable gifts by bequest, through retirement assets, and other estate planning vehicles, including life income plans. In addition to networking opportunities, SMPGC offers education and training to our members. Quarterly meetings include educational presentations by leaders in gift planning from across the country who provide updates on the laws relating to charitable giving and who share best practices in planned giving.

     Membership rates are $95 for an individual membership and $195 for a Leave a Legacy membership. Annual membership also covers the cost of meals at meetings.

     We hope to see you soon!

                                                                      Angelia Nystrom, 2014 Council President

                                                                             University of Tennessee Foundation

About Us:

The Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council provides educational and networking opportunities for planned giving, fundraising, financial and legal professionals in the Knoxville area through informative quarterly meetings.


Our Meetings:

We meet at Calhoun's on the River from 9:30 -1:00 PM.  Program consists of networking time, a presentation related to planned giving from superb experts in the fields of non-profit fundraising, charitable giving and legal/tax professionals. 

2014 Program Dates are:

February 27, April 24, August 28, October 23

2014 Third Quarter Program:

August 28, 9:30-1:00 PM, Calhoun's on the River

Presenter:  Victoria Tillman


Victoria Tillman will speak at our combined SMPGC and AFP meeting in August.  The title of her presentation is "Pass It On Well . . . Leaving A Legacy."  She will address why people give, how they can give, and when and to whom professional advisors should discuss charitable giving. 



Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP):

Click HERE to access PPP, the Planned Giving Council's umbrella organization.  Find out information on Leave a Legacy, PPP's training opportunities as well as other valuable resources.  Consider becoming a PPP member--only $100 more to your SMPGC membership.

For more information on membership contact our Membership Chair 


Click here to download a membership form.

2014 Officers & Board of Directors

Angelia Nystrom, President
University of Tennessee Foundation      
Kim Lauth, Vice President
Kim Lauth Consulting      
Paul Bowman, Past-President & Treasurer
Holston Conference Foundation      
Sandi Byrd, Membership Chair
Loudon County Habitat     
Linda Natiello-Friedland, PPP Liaison
     University of Tennessee Foundation
Sarah Weeks, Leave a Legacy Liaison
     Friends of the Smokies
Elise Eustace, Secretary
     Foothills Land Conservancy
Sherri Alley, Program Chair
     East Tennessee Foundation