NEK Council on Philanthropic Development Hosts What Funders Want @ Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury
Mar 23 all-day

Are you interested in finding out more about how funders make decisions? How to grow relationships? How best to tell your story? NEKCPD invites you to a panel discussion on best practices when seeking funding support. We will hear from a wide variety of funders and encourage questions and comments.

Tax Reform & Your Business: A Q&A @ CWE Vermont
Mar 27 all-day
Tax Reform & Your Business: A Q&A – CWE VT – Mar 27

You’ve heard about the tax reform and you’re concerned about its impacts for your business. Please join CWEVT for a special Q&A session with Patti Bisson, tax advisor, business strategist and instructor to begin to get your questions answered. Although IRS guidance is still unrolling, Patti will be able to break down some of the changes into bite-sized pieces for your business needs.

Patti works with clients across the country, providing strategic business growth and management services, tax and accounting services (corporate, partnership, not-for-profit, individual, small business, estate, trust, multi-state), cyber/data security management, professional training, systems development and implementation, and state tax policy.

Patti serves as an appointed member of the VT Tax Commissioner’s Tax Technical Working Group, and is President of the VT Chapter of NATP (National Association of Tax Professionals). She’s also a licensed Enrolled Agent, instructor for UVM Tax School, and has previously served as Vice-President & Chair of Government Relations for the VT Chapter of NATP.

About the session: The CWEVT Q&A sessions will be an open format. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Patti about the tax reform and how it may impact their small business.

When: Tuesday, March 27

  • Session 1: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Session 2: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


CWE Vermont

431 Pine St., Suite 101

Burlington, VT 05401

Fee: $5.00. Please click here to register to attend.

Note: The information provided is for educational and general guidance purposes only.  Advice unique to an individual taxpayer’s specific facts and circumstances will not be provided during the session.  Information is given with the understanding that the application and impact of laws change and vary widely depending on the specific facts involved, and that the information provided is not intended to be relied on as tax, legal or accounting advice.  It is not a substitute for professional consultation with your own tax, legal and accounting advisors, which should be done prior to making any decision or taking any action on the general information discussed during the session.


The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 37,300 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business.

Gift Planning Under the New Tax Law @ Montshire Museum of Science
Apr 5 all-day


The new tax law became effective January 1, 2018. It contains many changes that will affect how donors approach giving to charity. The good news is that there are still many ways for fundraisers to make a compelling case for philanthropy. Nevertheless, gift planners will need to modify what they talk about with donors, and how they talk about it, if they want to continue to be successful.

PG Calc’s Jeff Lydenberg will review the changes in the new tax law most relevant to gift planning, confirm what planned giving vehicles remain viable, describe several tax-wise strategies for making gifts under the new law, and offer suggestions on how gift planners can best discuss gift planning options with their donors going forward.


Jeff Lydenberg (Vice President, Consulting). Jeff is a planned giving consultant to non-profits large and small in a variety of fields. He has been with PG Calc since 1999 and, in this role, he has advised planned giving programs on staffing and development of policies and procedures, trained boards and planned giving staff on planned gift design, created planned giving marketing plans, and designed marketing materials for planned giving programs. Prior to entering the field of planned giving, Jeff practiced law for six years with the Cleveland-based law firm of Thompson, Hine and Flory in its Cincinnati office. Jeff’s planned giving career began at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1995 where he was the Assistant Director of Planned Giving for five years.

Jeff has a BA in American Studies from Kent State University and a JD from Case Western Reserve School of Law. He is the former programming chair for the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE) and is currently a member of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. In 2013, he served as Board Chair of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) the predecessor to the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

Save the Dates

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Full-Day Conference & Annual Meeting
Keynote Speaker: Claudine Donikian, President/CEO, Pentera
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Speaker: Russell James
(Morning presentation at a location to be determined)