PG 101: The Fundamentals of Gift Planning


As a part of LACGP’s commitment to providing a solid introduction to gift planning for those new to the field, “PG1010: The Fundamentals of Gift Planning” course was created by Steven J. Chidester and Claudia B. Sangster. This course is both instructional for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned professionals. Generally offered in October, we added a session in February 2021 and will continue to do so as members indicate there is a need and Steven and Claudia indicate a willingness.

Our goals for the course are simple: Invest in your professional development and value. Strengthen your practical knowledge and planned giving skill set at this “roll up your sleeves,” hands-on workshop. Join highly regarded instructors for a workshop focused on providing you with valuable knowledge that can be immediately applied in your daily work. This session will increase your capacity to advise donors on basic and more complex gift planning topics and opportunities.


  • Provides an understanding of planned giving fundamentals
  • Familiarity with the income, estate and gift tax structures that affect gift-giving and the transfer of wealth
  • Explores outright and deferred methods of charitable giving
  • Provides an overview of charitable gift substantiation rules for maximum tax benefits
  • Suggestions for planned giving in economically challenging times


  • Anyone new to the field of planned giving who desires a solid, basic foundation in the planned giving fundamentals
  • Experienced planned giving professionals who want an up-to-date refresher on those important planned giving basics


Steven J. Chidester is a partner in the private client and tax team at the international law firm, Withers, and is based in the firm’s Rancho Santa Fe office. He focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and representing tax-exempt organizations. He has designed and used computer modeling to show the economic consequences of various estate planning and charitable giving techniques. He is also experienced in the area of executive compensation, focusing on compensation and intermediate sanctions issues for tax-exempt organizations. Steve has represented exempt organizations in IRS audits, in civil and probate court, and before state Attorneys General.

Steve is recognized as one of San Diego’s Top Lawyers 2020 in Charities & Nonprofit by San Diego Magazine. He also has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2013, Best Lawyers in America® since 2011 for Non-Profit Charities Law and Trusts and Estates, and has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating and a First Distinguished Service Award - Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles - Annual Western Regional Planning Giving Conference 2012.  He earned a BA from Brigham Young University, cum laude, and a JD from Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. 

Claudia B. Sangster is the former Senior Vice President and Director of Family Education and Governance in Wealth Management at the Northern Trust Company. In this role she designed the firm's advisory capabilities in financial education, family decision-making, and relationships around money and wealth.  Retiring from Northern Trust in September of 2019, Claudia now consults with families to create their legacy of wisdom, wealth and giving through multiple generations.

Claudia has over 35 years of experience in advising individuals and families in complex estate planning, financial education, family governance and philanthropy. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Claudia was with CTC | myCFO, where she served as the Director of Philanthropy, Estate and Trust Services. She was also instrumental in establishing the Harris myCFO Foundation, and its successor, the BMO Charitable Fund Program, a donor-advised fund sponsored by the National Philanthropic Trust for clients seeking a simple, tax efficient vehicle for their philanthropic giving. 

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