Frank Minton Professional Achievement Award


About the Award

In 2012, the Washington Planned Giving Council established the Frank Minton Professional Achievement Award, to recognize those who have demonstrated an outstanding career of service, dedication and leadership in Charitable Gift Planning.

The award is intended to honor gift planners in nonprofit organizations, and allied professionals who, among other qualities:

  • Exemplify the highest standards of the profession;
  • Demonstrate the qualities of integrity, ethics, empathy and knowledge with donors, and;
  • Exhibit leadership, collaboration, mentoring and sharing of knowledge with peers.

Nominations are requested from WPGC members. Prior to each annual Planned Giving Day Conference, a Board selected nomination committee reviews the submissions, and selects the awardee. 

Call for Nominations: Please consider submitting a nomination for the 2017 Frank Minton Professional Achievement Award. The award recipient will be honored with a special ceremony at the Planned Giving Day Conference in May 2017. 

Submit your nomination by completing this online form. Nominations are due by Friday, November 14, 2016

Award Recipients

2012: Frank Minton
2013: Roger Schoenthals
2014: Ed Larson
2015: Anne Knapp
2016: Sara Elward

Frank Minton

altFor those of us who work in the world of Development, and especially Planned Giving, the importance of integrity, ethics, and empathy are paramount as we help donors fulfill their legacy wishes.  Today, as we honor Frank as the first recipient of the Washington Planned Giving Council Professional Achievement Award, we honor a man whose life’s work embodies all these qualities and more; and whose early years formed the foundation of the values that have guided him throughout his life. 

Forged by hard times during the depression, Frank grew up in a log cabin in southern Illinois with no indoor plumbing.  He never forgot seeing his father searching for any work that would keep the family going.  Frank, as a child, worked alongside migrant workers picking tomatoes to provide extra income for the family.  That created a life-long empathy for those less fortunate.  It would lead him to become involved in the Youth Hope Foundation which is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable children in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  It would also drive his board involvement with Northwest Harvest, the local food bank, where he helped set up their planned giving program. 

“To whom much is given, much is required.”

After graduating from high school, Frank attended seminary, and became pastor of two small churches while barely out of his teens.  He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.  He then taught philosophy and religion at Muskingum College in Ohio. 

His commitment to equality of opportunity led him to become actively involved in the civil rights movement during the 1960’s when he took part in the famous March from Selma to Montgomery with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He started the first Black Studies program at Muskingum and was instrumental in creating the Campus Cultural Center. He also organized student volunteers to work with children of dysfunctional families. He was there as they laid Dr. King to rest.  It is hard to describe the tension and cultural shifts that took place in our country during the 1960’s.  To be active in forging that change through non-violent protest required not only a strong belief in equality, but great courage and fortitude.

The next step in Frank’s journey was to Northwestern University where he helped build their  planned giving program as the Senior Estate Planning Officer and Field Director at a time when planned giving was in its infancy.  Many of the programs and systems that are standard for planned giving today were created by Frank and others of his generation.  In 1981 he came to the University of Washington where he served as Director of Planned Giving and Executive Director of Development.  In January, 1991, he began his own consulting business, Planned Giving Services based here in Seattle.  In August, 2005, he joined PGCalc when Planned Giving Services was acquired by the company.  He is the principal author of Charitable Gift Annuities: The Complete Resource Manual, a must have for planned giving offices.

He has served as Conference Chair and President of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.   For over twenty years he served on the board of the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) including chair of the board from 2004 to 2008.  During those twenty years, ACGA dealt with several legal challenges that threatened the future of planned giving in our country.  He has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Planned Giving Council of New England, the Planned Giving Council of Chicago, and the Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA). 

Many of us who have been involved in development through the years remember learning our basics from Frank at seminars he presented all over the country.  But we learned a lot more than the basics; we were challenged to always think on behalf of the donor while at the same time furthering  the interests of charitable institutions.  We were also encouraged to follow the example set by Frank, of being supportive of one another within the planned giving community.  The creativity Frank displays in structuring planned gifts to meet various families financial and personal needs is legendary.  Many of us still have the various monographs that Frank created for Seattle Foundation programs, planned giving seminars, and national conferences. 

Today we celebrate the achievement of a gentleman who has set an example for all of us of what it means to live one’s values; to excel in one’s work; and to serve the greater society.  Congratulations, Frank, and may we all be so lucky as to continue to enjoy your wisdom for years to come.