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Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands
“Planned Giving and How It Works – A Panel Presentation”
April 25, 2017
The Hyannis Golf Course
11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands is pleased to announce that its next luncheon will offer a panel presentation on “Planned Giving and How It Works.” The luncheon will be held on April 25, 2017 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hyannis Golf Course, Route 132, Hyannis.

This luncheon is free to members of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands and non-members pay $35. To register, please email [email protected] or register online at Deadline for registration is Friday, April 21, 2017. The panel guests will include the following:

Chris Ward
Chris Ward, Esq., LaTanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, P.C. – Legacy Gifting

Christopher J. Ward is a partner in the law firm LaTanzi, Spaulding & Landreth, P.C. in Orleans. He attended the University of Vermont (B.A. 1995), Western New England College School of Law (J.D. 2001) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Taxation 2002). Chris is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Florida and concentrates his law practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Estate Settlement, and Taxation.Chris is the immediate past President of the Barnstable County Bar Association President and a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod. Chris is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been annually recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer by Massachusetts Super Lawyers since 2011.Chris is a past President of the Cape Cod Young Professionals, a Corporator of Cape Cod Five Savings Bank, a Director with the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and the Islands, an Advisory Board member of the Community Development Partnership, and a member of the Trust Fund Advisory Board for the Town of Barnstable. He lives in Centerville with his two daughters, Madeleine and Cameron, and his son, William.

Joe Cheeseman
Joe Cheeseman, Director of Philanthropy – Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, RI

Joe Cheeseman has spent more than 15 years working in various capacities at Independent Schools. Joe’s philanthropy experience includes serving as Director of Development at Village Community School in Manhattan as well as Director of Development & Alumni Relations at Providence Country Day School. More recently, Joe serves as the Director of Philanthropy at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island as well as Visiting Nurse of Hope Health.

Kathleen Bentley, Individual Giving Officer – Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, RI

Kathleen Bentley came from the corporate world to work in philanthropy at Wheaton College, and is currently an Individual Giving Officer for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island and Visiting Nurses of HopeHealth. While at Wheaton, she was mentored in campaigns and planned giving, and ultimately spent time as a Leadership Gifts Officer in the Wheaton Fund. As Development Associate in Planned Giving for Wheaton, her knowledge base was strengthened by membership in the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE) and through participation in educational programs through CASE, PGCalc, and Ellen Estes’ workshop Planned Giving – Plain and Simple™. Her passions lie in building relationships and facilitating transformational gifts with donors for the greater good of the local community.

Nancy Leanues
Nancy Leanues, Executive Director of Gift Planning – Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation

Nancy has worked in Development for over thirty years: seventeen years at Wheaton College in Planned Giving and she has reached her 15th anniversary year with Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation as Executive Director of Gift Planning.

To register online please click here! 


Gerard Desautels and Sarah Tribuzio join
Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands Board of Directors

The Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors: Gerry Desautels, CFRE of Yarmouth, and Sarah Tribuzio of Sagamore Beach, who were voted in during the PPCI annual meeting, held at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Gerry Desautels
Gerry Desautels
has worked in the development and communications field for Cape non-profits for more than 15 years. Since that time he has assisted in raising more than fifteen million dollars for various health, environmental and education-focused organizations, including Outer Cape Health Services where he is the Senior Development Officer. Gerry holds his CFRE and graduate and undergraduate degrees from Boston University. A former co-chair of Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod, he continues to serve on the conference committee. In his “spare time,” Gerry volunteers on the Calmer Choice Advisory Board; the Cape Cod Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council; and the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund Board. He resides in West Yarmouth.

Sarah Tribuzio
Sarah Tribuzio
is a native Cape Codder who has worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years. She began her development career in Chicago at Fourth Presbyterian Church and is currently the director of development for WCAI, the local NPR news station. Her experience includes grant writing, annual giving, events, major gifts, and program development and implementation. Sarah is a graduate of Cape Cod Academy and Wheaton College and volunteers for several non-profit organizations.  She resides in Sagamore Beach with her husband and three children.

Also during the annual meeting, the following board members were voted in as Officers: President, Pauline Neves, CFRE of Mashpee, Vice-President, Kristin O’Malley of W. Barnstable, Treasurer, Jay Coburn of Truro, and Secretary, Kathy Zagzebski of Buzzards Bay.

The board further consists of Directors: Erich Briggs of Plymouth, Bea Gremlich of South Yarmouth, Tammy Harper of Harwich, Patricia Janiak of Plymouth, Douglas McDonald of Falmouth, Barbara Milligan of Falmouth, and Diane Salamone of Brewster.



Membership Information
Time to renew your membership with PPCI!

2016 Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands memberships are expiring on
December 31, 2016.  Renew your membership now by clicking here!

Open Invitation to Join the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands!

Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands (PPCI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that has been in existence on Cape Cod since 1991.   PPCI members participate in lunches four times a year featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to members, including non-profit administration, fundraising, social networks, and special events.  Click here to see what’s coming up for luncheons and workshops!

PPCI also hosts the annual Philanthropy Day conference.   The recent 2016 Philanthropy Day was a full day of speakers knowledgeable on a multitude of topics, extended networking opportunities, and a luncheon featuring philanthropic award presentations. Cape & Island non-profit employees, estate planners, board members, and non-profit enthusiasts all around the area attend Philanthropy Day. PPCI members receive discounted admission to this event.

If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join!  Members can attend quarterly luncheon meetings at no charge and receive discounted admission to Philanthropy Day. In addition, becoming a member means being associated with other members who share your interest and knowledge of philanthropy, offering networking and collaborating opportunities throughout the area.  Click here to join!