|Hargroves Mentorship Program|
2016 Mentorship Program Participants
The Hargroves Mentorship Program aims to support MPGC members new to the gift planning profession or who spend less than 25% of their work in gift planning, and seasoned professionals with meaningful one-on-one connections through mentorship.
Each January, a new cohort of individuals will be paired together as mentors and mentees. The cohort will last from January – June of the same year. Applications are due November of the previous year, with pair relationships announced in early January. Mentors and mentees shall begin meeting soon thereafter and plan to participate in two cohort meetings held by MPGC during the six-month timeframe.
Mentoring can include, but is not limited to:
Primarily, the mentor should:
Mentors are responsible for making the initial contact with assigned mentees. Both parties commit to at least two face-to-face meetings and two phone calls over the six months. After receiving an initial contact from the mentor, mentees should make efforts to continue the relationship, seeking reasonable assistance with planned giving issues and/or career guidance as they feel necessary and helpful.
Gary G. HargrovesJune 11, 1939 - July 4, 2016
Gary left his mark on so many people and his memory continues to be a blessing to each person who knew him. He leaves behind a powerful example of a life well-lived and will be missed. It is hoped that the Gary G. Hargroves MPGC Mentorship Program will also.
Gary was an early member of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, a great friend to many of its members, and a gifted mentor to countless new planned giving officers. He was a member of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, served as Chair of the MPGC Annual Conference, Chair of the Board of Directors and numerous other committees including the MPGC Leave A Legacy - MN. For his efforts he was awarded the prestigious Clint A. Schroeder Award for Service.
He taught helpful, practical MPGC courses about how to successfully cultivate philanthropy. His extraordinary “Relationship Development Process” was published in “Gift Planning Today.”
He was always learning, reading, taking classes and working to improve his skills, faith, environmental conservation practices and friendships. As a generous, grateful, and happy person, he was engaged throughout his life in helping others achieve their personal and philanthropic goals. And his own carefully planned estate demonstrates that he walked the talk.
At Minnesota Conference Pensions, Inc., he raised $5M for retired United Methodist pastors’ pensions and helped thousands of United Methodists across MN thank their pastors by making gift for this effort. Pastors often stopped Gary to thank him for his transformative efforts.
As Director of Planned Giving at the Minnesota Medical Foundation at the U of MN from 1985 – 2006, he helped raise over $245M in outright and planned gifts for medical research and education. Subsequently, he worked with the MN United Methodist Church Foundation and Courage Center.
Gary was an entrepreneur and independent thinker. His last position was as an Associate VP with the national firm, Thompson and Associates. He recruited hospital foundations as clients who then invited their planned giving prospects to work with him on their estate gifts for hospitals in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, St. Cloud. The effects of this work raised millions of dollars for these hospitals to provide better care.