Welcome to the Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network! We are a philanthropically oriented network of financial advisors, insurance advisors, wealth managers, attorneys, CPAs, and other professionals who advise clients with charitable intent.
Over 150 advisors attended the first session, to hear noted philanthropist, Paul Brainerd. I believe Foundation Source was a sponsor. Now chapters in the network are springing up in several others cities. National Committee on Planned Giving was supposed to be a cross disciplinary group bringing advisors as well as fundraisers into conversation about philanthropy, but it has become mostly a kind of professional organization for planned giving people. Estate planning councils cover some of the same ground, but are focused on technical issues. The Social Venture Partner movement is for social investors rather than advisors. We really to need a national organization, with chapters, for advisors to discuss not just the tools and techniques of giving, but also the meaning, purpose, and effect. Randy agreed that the time has come. Five years ago there might not have been critical mass. Just as five years ago we were blogging virtually alone about giving. Now the world seem to have awakened.