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Claudine A. Donikian, JD, MBA
President & CEO

Claudine A. Donikian, JD, MBA, is the president/CEO and chief marketing officer of Pentera, Inc., and is regarded as one of the foremost experts in planned giving marketing. She is a sought-after speaker on the national planned giving and AFP circuits and writes and conducts training modules for Pentera training seminars. As Pentera's chief marketing officer, she is the editor-in-chief for client marketing content and personally consults with a select group of Pentera's clients on their marketing strategy and execution. One of Claudine's professional areas of expertise is women in philanthropy, and she serves as a member of the advisory board for the prestigious Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP).

Claudine oversees all aspects of Pentera's business and marketing strategies, as well as new-product development, with an emphasis on digital marketing, and she recently served on the Direct Marketing Association's Digital Innovation Committee. Under her leadership, the interactive department and client base has increased by 500 percent.

Claudine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest distinction from Indiana University, received an MA in French from New York University, and holds a JD and an MBA from Boston College. She serves on the board of directors of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York in Manhattan (PPGGNY), the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund (a child abuse prevention agency), and the Brookview House (which provides housing for homeless women and children). She is an active member of CGP, PGGNE, and PPGGNY. Fluent in French, Claudine has also taught French for colleges, corporations, and adult education centers, where she was regarded as one of the top motivating teachers.


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Testimonials

"We could definitely benefit from your expertise."

"Claudine, I really got a lot out of your presentation on Tuesday at State Street's Annual Philanthropy Conference - thank you! As a next step, I would love to meet with you. We could definitely benefit from your expertise for our young planned giving program."

- Patricia Kelleher Bartram, Executive Director
Catholic Community Fund and Catholic Health Foundation of Greater Boston

"Thank you for the great tips."

"I attended the NOPGC/AFP luncheon in Cleveland today, and I thought you were excellent. One of the best NOPGC luncheons I have been to so far. Thank you for the great tips, and I will keep you in mind as I continue to build our planned giving program. Great company with great energy. Thank you."

- Karen Tigue, Donor Relations Officer, Cleveland Zoological Society

"Thoughtful, engaging, and directly on-point."

"Claudine recently presented to our planned giving council and discussed her presentation. Her advice was thoughtful, engaging, and directly on-point. Our membership raved about her presentation and took away immediate pointers that could be applied in their own shops."

- Melissa Cliett Levesquem, President, Cornerstone Philanthropic Advisors LLC

Prior Speaking Engagements

  • Planned Giving Group of New England Meeting
  • CASE District VIII Conference
  • Planned Giving Group of Northeast Florida Annual Symposium
  • Planned Giving Group of Connecticut
  • PGCSA - Planned Giving Council of San Antonio
  • Planned Giving Group of Indiana
  • PGCGP - Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia - 2016 Planned Giving Day Conference
  • Chesapeake Planned Giving Council (CPGC)
  • Pentera Planned Giving Seminar
  • National Capital Gift Planning Council (NCGPC) - Planned Giving Days
  • Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY) - Planned Giving Day in NYC
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) Webinar
  • Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council
  • National Capital Gift Planning Council (NCGPC) Monthly Meeting
  • American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) Conference
  • Upstate New York Planned Giving Council
  • Georgia Planned Giving Council (GPGC) Quarterly Event
  • Planned Giving Round Table of Orange County (PGRTOC)
  • Lilly School of Philanthropy - 28th Annual Symposium - moderator
  • The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Philadelphia (PPPGP)
  • National Conference on Philanthropic Planning (NCPP)
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island (PPPRI)
  • Gift Planning Council New Jersey (GPCNJ)
  • Pentera Advanced Seminar
  • Chicago Council on Planned Giving 2015 Webinar Series
  • Nebraska Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
  • Minnesota Planned Giving Council (MPGC) 38th Annual Conference
  • Pentera's Comprehensive Planned Giving School
  • Chicago Council on Planned Giving (CCPG) - Annual Symposium
  • Northern California Planned Giving Conference (NCPGC) - all-day conference
  • SSgA Conference, Boston
  • Planned Giving Group of Indiana - Indiana Philanthropy Day
  • Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands Philanthropy Day
  • Planned Giving Group of Connecticut
  • Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council
  • ALDE International Educational Conference
  • Philadelphia Planned Giving Day - all-day conference
  • Chicago Council on Planned Giving
  • Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY)
  • PGMarketer Webinar
  • Evansville Area Fundraising Council
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • Western Regional Planned Giving Conference - annual all-day conference
  • Planned Giving Council of Central Massachusetts
  • Partnership of Philanthropic Planning Orange County
  • Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council
  • Gift Planning Group of Northeastern New York
  • Savannah Area Planned Giving Council
  • Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
  • Planned Giving Roundtable of San Diego
  • Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod
  • New York Philanthropic Planning Symposium
  • Mid-Michigan Planned Giving Council
  • AFP Massachusetts Chapter
  • American Dental Association Foundation
  • Planned Giving Group of Indiana
  • Greater Chattanooga Area Planned Giving Council
  • Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council
  • Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona
  • AFP Connecticut Chapter
  • Evansville Planned Giving

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