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The Philanthropic Institute for Professional Advisors (PIPA) is a collaboration between the St. Louis Community Foundation, The Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.  These organizations are united in their goal of providing tools to professional advisors that will increase confidence in communicating with clients about charitable giving.

PIPA creates a greater understanding of the values that motivate philanthropy and ways to satisfy client intentions. As participants hone their values-based communication skills, they will also have the opportunity to form strong and enduring professional ties.

While 95% of clients would like to discuss charitable giving with an advisor, only 6% of advisors initiate the conversation.  PIPA helps advisors better incorporate charitable planning conversations into their practices.

The program asks for a participation commitment of five four-hour sessions throughout the year.  Each session will provide insight and practical communication skills to benefit the class professionally and personally.  The aim is to provide a very high level of content that is unlike the CE courses that advisors routinely attend.  “Students” will graduate with a certificate, a new network of peers, and a deeper appreciation for the value of incorporating charitable planning into their practices.

2020 PIPA schedule:

[CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19] March 31: Kick Off Dinner: The Psychological Impact of Wealth (4:30pm – 7:30pm)
Location:  St. Louis Community Foundation, 2 Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO

[POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19] April 29: Values Based Multi-Generational Wealth Planning Conversations: New! All PIPA former graduates and current participants are invited! (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Location: Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO

May 20: Connecting with the Community: Site Visits to Impactful Nonprofits (8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.)
Location: Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO

August 26: The Artful Speaker (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Location: The St. Louis Community Foundation, 2 Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis, MO

October 22: Graduation Dinner
Location: The Log Cabin Club

For more information contact Michelle DeSilva, Giving Strategist at the St. Louis Community Foundation, at mdesilva@stlgives.org.

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