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About the Author
Alexandra Pia Marie Brovey has been a full-time fundraiser and charitable gift planner for almost two decades and an estate planning attorney for twenty-five years. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 with a JD; and University of Miami School of Law in 1995 with an LLM in Estate Planning.
After practicing law full-time for six years, Alex joined Penn State as a planned giving officer where she worked for five years, visiting with alumni and friends around the country. After relocating to New York, Alex worked as Senior Director, Planned and Major Gifts at Pace University and later as Senior Director, Planned Giving at Stony Brook Foundation, before joining Northwell Health Foundation in 2008 as Senior Director, Gift Planning. She currently leads a team that supports twenty-three hospitals, a world-renown research institute and a medical school in the greater New York City metropolitan area.
Alex is a leader in the gift planning community. She joined the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council before cofounding the Central Pennsylvania Planned Giving Council and serving as Vice President. Upon relocating to New York, Alex joined the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, serving in a multitude of leadership roles, culminating in her current roles as President Emeritus and mentor. She is a member of the Charitable Estate Planning Council (Long Island, NY) and a member of the Nassau County (New York) Estate Planning Council.
At the national level, Alex served as a cotrustee of the Legal Advocacy Fund of the American Association of University Women, after serving as Vice President, Membership for the State College, Pennsylvania branch. She served as a board member and treasurer of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and is currently serving a two-year term as chair of the Leadership Institute.
Alex earned a black belt in Shotokan karate in 2015. She is a proud Penn State Lifetime Alumni Association Member and serves as a career coach. Alex has interviewed prospective law students for Georgetown Law for over a decade. She coached junior soccer for five seasons, and enjoys visiting national parks, reading, and solving puzzles.
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This not a book about success.
This is a book about life.
Alex Brovey captures concisely and movingly what Scott Spencer intended when he wrote, "The [lucky] ones [are those] that do what they are meant to."
Her pillars personify what it is to be engaged in and committed to that outside of our own being, to have a sense of purpose in life, and to feel fully alive. Its succinctness means it can be easily read again...and again...and again. Its pages will be worn because it speaks to the heart.
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I was a caregiver for my late wife for 34 years, and at the beginning we saved everything we could because we had two little kids when she was stricken and was told she would die in a couple of years. The same advice every two years -- they finally did get it right -- but in the meantime we got in the habit of saving. We nonetheless lived well -- we traveled and enjoyed working on building houses together, and we saved quite a bit.
We discussed how to spend our money, and she wanted me to take care of myself, our kids, and the rest, donate to any one of over 100 charities she had supported. "Be sure to donate it all before you die, Bob -- see the good our money does."
And so I have, with some remarkable successes -- and a few dreadful mistakes, of course.
This excellent book from a professional is a very useful grounding in my new career. A technical background is essential for planners. Familiarity with tax law changes, an understanding of estate planning vehicles and an ability to discuss these vehicles clearly with donors are all important tools for gift planners. There are many solid sources available -- in my case, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and the PPGGNY organization with an active chapter in NYC.
Her “soft” skills descriptions and examples are superb -- getting me outside of myself and helping me listen, listen, listen some more to my potential donors.
That second “pillar,” listening. is the very heart of the book -- and perhaps all you need to read.
But the other chapters make a very friendly companion while you are waiting for your potential donor to finally put down the telephone and start to tell you their dreams and aspirations. With luck, you will be able to help them make those dreams and aspirations come true.
Robert C. Ross
- Steve Meyers