The Planned Giving Initiative (PGI) has made it its mission to bring services and resources that help nonprofits expand their planned giving programs; thereby deepening the sustainability of the organization with whom they partner.  PGI is passionate about planned giving and its ability to transform organizations, and is delighted to work with the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) as an academic partner who shares in that passion.

For its most recent grants, PGI is creating partnerships to develop a pathway between peers for better understanding of the special challenges planned giving programs face.  

This unique granting opportunity allows, Delaware State University (DSU) and Norfolk State University (NSU) to each host a PGI-funded Fellow as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) year-long Graduate Trainee program.  In tandem, UIF will also host a CASE Graduate Trainee Fellow with a focus on planned giving.  Bridging the strengths and the needs between all three institutions and learning opportunities between the Fellows will allow each to reap the systemic benefits that an inclusive and comprehensive planned giving program can offer.

“We want to facilitate opportunities for professionals to learn from one another and better address the unique challenges their institutions face. We hope that the collaboration of peers will facilitate the development of more comprehensive planned giving programs that will ensure a robust future from generations of alumni to generations of future students.”

– Elizabeth Hibel, President, PGI

PGI was further helped in this initiative by the National Historically Black College and University Alumni Associations Foundation (NHBCUAAF) in providing inspiration for the idea as well as the connection to Norfolk State University where a perfect fit for a PGI-funded Fellow was found.

The CASE Graduate Trainee program is a 50-week career development program offering Fellows employment with hands-on work experience at their institutions while also benefitting from direct support and training from one of the most impactful associations in academia.  Fellows benefit from working closely day-to-day with their institution’s planned giving professional, and also benefit from an assigned CASE mentor and a cohort of peers.

PGI is committed to funding at both DSU and NSU for a minimum of three years, providing a stipend for Fellows for each year of the three years. 

Planned Giving Initiative (PGI)

Incorporated in 2020, The Planned Giving Initiative works to foster the careers and education of individuals working in the field of planned giving or serving blended roles in development. Grants are given to increase access to planned giving tools, resources and mentors to further professional development.  PGI also strives to expand the ability for nonprofits to carry out their missions in perpetuity by increasing the availability and use of gift planning into their development efforts.

PGI an initiative of the Hibel Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about PGI, please visit

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