Designed to build collaboration between all of the professional disciplines and to support professional advisors who want to serve their clients, and their clients’ families, in deeper and more positive ways.

The Purposeful Planning Institute (PPI) is a learning center for professionals interested in mastering the Purposeful Planning process, exploring best practices for legacy families and families in business as well as cutting-edge processes and techniques.

PPI is designed to support professional advisors who want to serve their clients and their clients’ families in deeper and more positive ways.  Our members are professionals from a broad spectrum of those who serve families of wealth and families in business including lawyers, wealth managers, trust officers, planned giving experts, psychologists and therapists who are family business consultants and family wealth advisors.  This multidisciplinary virtual community exemplifies a unique spirit of professional collaboration.

One of the many benefits of becoming a member of the Purposeful Planning Institute is access to weekly teleconferences and webinars with Thought Leaders and Industry Innovators you might travel thousands of miles to hear.  The interactive conversations introduce us to cutting-edge ideas and emerging best practices for legacy families and families in business.

Program Benefits

  • Thought Leader Webinar Series – Weekly webinars and teleconferences with nationally renowned thought leaders and industry innovators.
  • Easy downloading of the recorded sessions & associated handouts in our online archives if you are unable to join us for the live sessions.
  • The Mastery Program – Open invitation to participate in the Purposeful Trusts & Gifts Mastery Program at no additional cost!
  • The Connecting Point – Post your customized professional profile on our web-based directory, describing how you collaborate with other professionals and how you serve individuals and families, allowing other collaborators to connect with you and engage you.
  • The Purposeful Planning Resource Center – An Online Library of Resources on best practices for Legacy Families and Families in Business as well as practice pointers, client exercises, conversation scripts, design letters, redacted forms, and skills building resources.
  • Access to the private PPI LinkedIn groups where you can share ideas, questions and practice developments with our Network of over 350 Purposeful Planning Institute members from more than 20 different disciplines and professions.
  • An early invitation to Rendezvous & Fusion, premier events that offer unique learning and networking opportunities and bring together thought leaders and industry innovators to collaborate and share best practices.
  • Special Collaborator Rates on Other Purposeful Planning Institute Programs, including a 20% or greater discount on Purposeful Planning Institute Sponsored Workshops & Gatherings.
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The Power of Purposeful Planning


While I certainly came to learn, I didn’t expect to be inspired. Over 25 years in institutional fundraising and philanthropy, I’d attended a lot of conferences, almost all of them in planned giving. PPI’s multi-disciplinary environment drew me out and encouraged me to venture beyond my usual comfort zone. Its real community of estate, financial, family and business professionals immediately helped me crash the imprisoning matrix of institutional fundraising, restore my creativity, and launch a new practice of personalized philanthropy.  Purposeful Planning Institute experiences – like Fusion, Rendezvous and the Philanthropy Summit – helped open me up to the kind of learning that continually transforms my practice. If your goal is to move the needle and make a better world, there is no better place to begin than with yourself, and with PPI.” – Steven L. Meyers, PhD, Vice President, Center for Personalized Philanthropy, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, author of Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix.

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“First, congratulations for creating what can only be called a “Mentor Series” for those of us interested in purposeful planning. It reminds me of graduate school and is turning out to be a weekly “epiphany call” on one level or another…Keep up the good work…” – David Solie, MS, PA, Author of How To Say It To Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders

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“Thanks for providing the space & the structure for these conversations to happen. I am in awe of what you have created.” – Jamie Traeger-Muney, Founding Principle, The Wealth Legacy Group

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“Finally, almost eight hours later, I am able to process the power of today’s call and PPI. It is rare to connect with one who is intelligent, perceptive, enthusiastic, confident, multi-disciplinary, well-prepared,  and spiritual . . . one such as yourself. Thank you for your contribution to this world. Thank you for your contribution to my purpose in this life.” – Judith Kolva, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Memoir Shoppe

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“So often the heart of what our clients want to accomplish is lost in the legal protection and instructions. Our thinking in legal matters and the pressures of “getting it right” blur the bigger picture for us. I highly recommend this organization to you if you want to think beyond the technical side and integrate the human dimension.” – James Smyth Attorney, Crotty & Smyth

Discounted membership rates are available for Students, Academic Professionals, Non-Profit Professionals, and Philanthropic Consultants.  Click HERE for discount membership options.