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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 The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. As National Director of Philanthropic Services, Marguerite is responsible for the delivery and growth of Northern Trust's philanthropic services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in administering charitable trusts, private foundations and other tax-exempt entities, and counsels clients regarding charitable giving strategies, nonprofit compliance and risk management, family succession planning, microfinance and international philanthropy.

Marguerite most recently was a Senior Trust Administrator and Relationship Manager where she was responsible for the administration of large, complex trusts for individuals and families, including irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts and supporting organizations. 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, tax-exempt organizations, 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. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Estate Planning Council. Marguerite is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, addressing topics such as microfinance, nonprofit board governance, strategic giving and trends in philanthropy.

Marguerite is an active volunteer, advisor and board member with several civic and cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Institute for Learning, Access and Training at The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Community Trust, Donors Forum of Illinois, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Ravinia Festival and WTTW/WFMT.

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