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Tony Martignetti, Esq.


I can answer questions on Charity Registration and Planned Giving. The former is the web of state laws that non-profits have to comply with before they solicit donations in a state. Each state (and D.C.) has its own rules. Planned Giving is raising money from donors' estate plans. The simplest example is a charitable bequest in someone's will. Other types of gifts include life insurance, charitable trusts, charitable annuities, retirement and pension plans, and real estate.

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I wrote an ebook, "Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance" and study the laws and trends in this area. I have written extensively and am a frequent speaker on the subject. We also do state registrations for non-profits. In Planned Giving, I have thirteen years of experience. For the past 7 years I have had my own consulting business devoted to this branch of fundraising. We have worked with large and small clients in social services, health care, education, religion, social justice and environmental preservation.


Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York


My writing has appeared in GuideStar Newsletter (bi-monthly series and individual articles), Philanthropy News Digest, Direct Marketing Association Magazine, Social Media 4 Nonprofits, Children and Youth Funding Report, eJewish Philanthropy, Wealth Manager, University Business, and onPhilanthropy.


B.S., Economics and Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University J.D., Temple University School of Law

Awards and Honors

I have been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Business Advisor, The Nonprofit Times, Church Executive, New York Daily News and other publications. My speaking includes multiple appearances for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a full interview with The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Support Center for Nonprofit Management, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Temple University, Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation, multiple appearances at The Foundation Center as well as other live, web and teleseminar programs.

Past/Present Clients

The City University of New York (20 colleges) Baruch College College of New Rochelle The Stony Brook School The Diocese of Rockville Centre (133 parishes) Human Rights Watch St. Francis Hospital Englewood Hospital and Medical Center SUNY Downstate Medical Center Cardinal McCloskey Services Litchfield Association for Retarded Children Polly Hill Arboretum

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