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Impact Investing: A Guide for Philanthropists and Social Investors
In recent years, impact investing has emerged as a growing sector and economy and is considered by many experts in the fields of philanthropy and socially responsible investing as one of the most promising approaches to leveraging private resources to create social benefits. Learn more.

Making Charitable Gifts of Art – A Primer for Donors
For many Americans, charitable giving is as simple as sending a gift in the form of cash, a check or a credit card payment to a favorite charitable organization. However, Americans also contribute a substantial amount of non-cash assets to charity each year in various forms, including art. Learn more.

Engaging the Next Generation of Global Citizens in Family Philanthropy
The ability for young adults to connect and participate as global citizens can be a natural introduction for engaging the next generation in family philanthropy. This paper explores some of the strategies and best practices used by families who have successfully engaged the next generation in family philanthropy. Learn more.

A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou on Philanthropy
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Charitable Giving Strategies
Understand commonly-used strategies for making gifts to charity.
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Marguerite Griffin

Marguerite Griffin

National Director of Philanthropic Services
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Marguerite Griffin

Marguerite Griffin

National Director of Philanthropic Services
Marguerite H. Griffin is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust. As Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Marguerite is responsible for the delivery and growth of Northern Trust's philanthropic advisory services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in administering charitable trusts and private foundations and facilitating family philanthropy retreats. She also advises clients regarding impact investing, strategic philanthropy, international philanthropy, family succession planning and board development, governance and risk management for nonprofit organizations.

Marguerite was most recently a Senior Trust Administrator and Relationship Manager in the Personal Trust Administration Department where she was responsible for the administration of large, complex trusts for individuals and families, charitable trusts and private foundations. Her duties involved working with sophisticated estate plans, sensitive family situations and complex property transfers.

Prior to joining Northern Trust as a Vice President in November 1999, Marguerite was a Vice President and Trust Administrator within the Private Clients Division of First Chicago, Bank One. Before joining First Chicago, Bank One, she practiced law as an Associate with Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz where she specialized in estate planning, nonprofit organization law, charitable trusts and private foundations.

Marguerite received a B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Marguerite is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Marguerite is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Marguerite specializes in administering charitable trusts, private foundations and other tax-exempt entities. She is a sought-after speaker in the areas of impact investing, strategic philanthropy, board development, managing private foundations and family legacy philanthropy.

Marguerite is an active volunteer, advisor and board member with several charitable and cultural institutions, including Aeris, the Art Institute of Chicago, Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Foundation for Women, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Community Trust, Forefront, The Ravinia Festival and WTTW/WFMT.

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