Significance Story:

A homeless man with a tax problem was sent by his lawyer to Gregory A. Schupra to establish a charitable foundation "like Mr. Rockefeller." Mr. Eugene Howe's story of empowering philanthropy is told in An Unexpected Legacy: Strategies of Generosity. If Mr. Howe, a homeless man from Detroit can create his foundation like Mr. Rockefeller, then Significance empowers you to do the same.

Charitable planning can become complex through all of the rules, regulations, and tax considerations. Sharing its decades of philanthropic knowledge and experience, Significance empowers donors with the information and “know-how” in making effective, impactful charitable gifts.  Significance assists clients and professional advisers in designing and implementing efficient, prudent, proper, and impactful charitable trusts, endowment funds, and foundations that will achieve the donor’s philanthropic visions, values, and goals will make sure the charitable organization recipients use the contributions responsibly.   

Leadership Profile:

Throughout his career, Gregory A Schupra has educated and assisted thousands of people and their advisers in creating legacies leaving more than $1 billion of accumulated wealth to charity.  Known for his innovation as a national “Philanthropic Entrepreneur,” Mr. Schupra brings an uncommon and practical perspective to his work as a gift-planning professional by insuring that donor philanthropic values, visions, and goals align with their giving methods.  Because of his unique background working in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, he is quoted by media sources on philanthropic issues and invited to present at professional adviser and donor education meetings, seminars, conferences, and workshops throughout the United States.

Philanthropic Highlights: 

  • 36 Years, Philanthropic Planning and Management – nonprofit and for-profit companies
  • Higher Education Resource Development Leadership
    • Annual, Capital, Endowment and Planned Giving
  • Higher Education Governance
    • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan – A 4000 student private, Christian Liberal Arts University
  • Community Foundation Field
    • Created 4 community foundations
    • One of first community foundation development professionals in country; 1st in Michigan
    • Leader of the Fund Raising Academy for Van Dusen Endowment Challenge of The Kresge Foundation – 39 charitable organizations raised $50 million endowment
  • Former Chair, Community Foundation Advancement Network of the Council on Foundations, Washington, D.C.
  • Established a national foundation management services program providing oversight and administration of more than 150 charitable foundations with annual grant making over $50 million
  • Founder, Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan, Detroit, Michigan
  • Served on national Board of Directors, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly National Committee on Planned Giving), Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Founded Charitable Services Business for a $65 billionfinancial institution
    • Comprehensive services for Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts, Pooled Income Fund Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuity Programs, Endowment Funds, Private Foundations and Donor Advisor Funds
    • Provided Philanthropic Planning for clients of 14 investment and financial institutions nationally
  • Created a Mutual Fund for a private Prepaid Tuition Program
  • Created a $40 million Charitable Common Trust Fund
  • Created Comprehensive Charitable Gift Annuity Management Services
  • National Presenter on Philanthropic Education
    • Served on Conference Faculty for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, June 2012;  Topic:  Charitable Trusts
    • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning National Conferences – TX, CO, CA, MN
    • Regional Planned Giving Council Conferences – CA, MI, MN
    • Local Planned Giving Council Conferences – MI, OH, FL, TX, CA,
    • Local Financial and Estate Planning Council Meetings – FL, CA,
    • Donor Education Programs for Nonprofit Organizations -- NY, TX, CA, WA, MD, AZ
  • Author, “An Unexpected Legacy: Strategies of Generosity,” Print and eBook at, 8 February 2015        
  • Consultation serving a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including colleges and universities, senior care communities, community foundations, health care service providers, churches, ministries, and church foundations
  • Involved in the Rescue and Care of Orphans
    • Ethiopia (20 Children)
    • Kenya (50 Children)

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