Bruce Bigelow

Bruce E. Bigelow Board Member

A founding partner of Charitable Development Consulting, Dr. Bigelow served as Senior Vice President at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, from 1989-2003.  Prior to that appointment, he was the Associate Vice President for Development and, earlier, the Director of Planned and Major Gifts at Gettysburg College.  While at Gettysburg and Hood, he directed three comprehensive campaigns and built programs that consistently produced gifts comparable to many colleges with larger staffs, bringing in $8-12 million per year from an alumnae base of roughly 12,000-13,000, with an average cost per dollar raised of 10 percent, well under the national average of 16 percent.

During his three years on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now known as the National Association of Charitable Gift Planning), DR, Bigelow chaired the national task force on planned giving research for NCPG and wrote and directed the first and, to date, only two national surveys of donors motivations and behaviors across the broad planned giving spectrum.  He also chaired the Committee on International Outreach and helped to write the national standards of conduct for planned giving professionals.  He also recently chaired a national Partnership of Philanthropic Planners Task Force that has developed guidelines for counting and reporting planned gifts, especially in a campaign context, a set of recommendations that now guides the policies for countless campaigns across the country.  In 1992 he chaired the national NCPG Annual Conference.  In addition to his role as a founding member and past president of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council in Baltimore, he is a member the CANARAS Group, a select group of fifteen planned gift professionals from such colleges and universities as Cornell, Princeton, Duke, Colgate and Hamilton, which he chaired in 1997.  He is or has been a member of the editorial boards of both the Journal of Gift Planning and Planned Giving Today, the two most widely respected publications in the country devoted to gift planning.  He has written extensively in the field of planned giving and has presented a number of papers at a variety of development seminars and conferences, including NCPG/PPP national and regional conferences, a variety of CASE conferences, and the American Council on Gift Annuities.  In his many presentations, he has addressed issues as diverse as the intricacies of real estate transactions and Installment Bargain Sales, the key essentials of a successful planned giving program, how to integrate faculty into a planned giving marketing plan, how to create and effectively use gift acceptance policies, and how to turn planned gifts into current cash.

Dr. Bigelow has conducted a number of audits and directed a wide-ranging series of campaigns for charitable organizations, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to social service organizations to private primary and secondary schools and national membership foundations.  Some of his firm’s services have encompassed the broad range of fundraising; some have focused on a more specific objective, such as preparing for a capital or endowment campaign, using board members wisely and preparing board members to assess the effectiveness of development programs, or developing and nurturing a planned giving program.  He serves as a mentor for a variety of organizational planned giving programs, providing technical counsel as well as strategic advice to a wide range of nonprofits. He and his firm have conducted a series of campaign feasibility studies for a number of diverse charitable organizations, almost all of which have retained them as continuing campaign counsel.

A strong believer in the value of community involvement, Dr. Bigelow has served on a number of Boards, including the Frederick MD YMCA, the Barnesville School, the Adams County Community Foundation, and Maryland Citizens for the Arts.  His primary service work focuses on Project Gettysburg/Leon, a sister-city project linking the citizens of Gettysburg, PA, and Leon, Nicaragua.  As a past President and Treasurer of PGL, he regularly visits Nicaragua, plans and hosts delegations, and chairs a series of programs to increase international understanding.

Before entering the development field in 1983, he taught Eastern European history for eight years at Denison University, receiving tenure there, while leading a series of summer semester programs to Yugoslavia for Colgate University.  He also served for four years as the liaison between the research and program offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Bigelow has a BA from the College of Wooster in mathematics and history and both an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.  He also received a number of grants and awards, including a Fulbright research grant to Yugoslavia.

David Thoroughman

David Thoroughman Board Member

David is the co-founder of MortarStone, a software analytics company serving churches nationally. In his role as president, David’s vision is to reshape how churches use data to identify and educate givers in the area of stewardship and generosity. David has the honor and privilege of helping thousands of churches track over $15 billion of giving for the cause of Christ. David’s work includes analyzing operational effectiveness and applying generosity strategies that help churches understand how to disciple their people more fully.

Prior to starting MortarStone, David spent nearly two decades in the mortgage banking industry, where he built a company that was licensed in seven states with approximately 200 employees.

David lives with his wife in Reno, NV, where they enjoy hiking, skiing, cooking, and mentoring church leaders on the topic of asset-based giving.

E.G. “Jay” Link Board Member

Jay currently serves as a Stewardship Coach for Stewardship Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization that is part of the Stewardship Resource Group which provides stewardship coaching for nonprofit leadership and development staff as well as provides comprehensive, stewardship planning services to their high-capacity ministry partners to help them strategically steward their material resources. Its Stewardship Resource Library website is a gold mine of biblical stewardship content and tools.

Previously, He served as the Director of Stewardship Planning at Taylor University from 2018- 2023. Jay’s leadership of Taylor’s Stewardship Planning Ministry helped Taylor’s ministry partners give over $14 million to Taylor in only three years and increased these families total, Kingdom giving capacity of an additional $250 million over the rest of their lives.

Before his work with Taylor University, Jay founded Kardia, Inc. This family wealth counseling firm provided extensive spiritual, family, financial, and stewardship planning counsel to high-capacity Christian families, helping them create and implement state-of-the-art comprehensive, integrated life stewardship plans. These plans enabled these families to collectively deploy an additional $1 billion in Kingdom giving (over 75% of this amount during their lifetimes). He lead Kardia as its CEO for over thirty-five years. During this time, he also personally mentored over 400 attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors on how to provide Family Wealth Counseling services to their clients, including being commissioned by Kingdom Advisors’ to train its members in Family Wealth Counseling. The national impact of this reproductive mentoring time can still be seen around the country. In addition, Jay founded an organization to support his professional mentoring program, the National Association of Family Wealth Counselors, which eventually merged with another organization to become Advisors in Philanthropy, a charitable advisory organization.

In 1974, after graduating from Bible College, Jay preached for five years full-time in rural Kentucky churches. While preaching, he returned to seminary and completed his Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Theology. Jay has written several books over his career, including Family Wealth Counseling: Getting to the Hear of the Matter, Spiritual Thoughts on Materials Things: Thirty Days of Food for Thought, and To Whom Much is Given: Navigating the Ten Unique Stewardship Dilemmas Affluent Christians Face, Who’s in Charge Here, and The Steward’s Way. He has also written a three-year discipleship curriculum on whole life stewardship and well over 100 articles.

Jay and his wife, Pam, who have been married for over 46 years, live in Indianapolis. They have four married daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Emil Kallina

Emil Kallina General Counsel

Emil Kallina was educated at Bowdoin College (BA), the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D.), and New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation). He is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Tax Court.

While Emil currently focuses his practice on estate and charitable planning for high net worth individuals, he has practiced extensively over the years in the related fields of business law, corporate tax law, partnerships, and real estate.

Emil is the founder of CharitablePlanning.com, a website dedicated to professionals who need the tools to complete planned and major gifts. He is also a co-founder of the Planned Giving Design Center (www.pgdc.com), a former member of the Board of Directors of Partnership of Philanthropic Planners (now known as the National Association of Charitable Gift Planning), former Chairman (5 years) of the Government Relations Committee of the National Council of Planned Giving, a co-founder of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, Chairman of the Board and President of The James Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors and General Counsel to the National Community Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Search Ministries, Inc., a former and current member of the boards of trustees or directors of a number of other non-profits, and an expert witness on estate planning and charitable matters.

Emil has testified on a number of occasions before the IRS on pending matters and has worked extensively with the staff of the various Congressional committees regarding charitable legislation.

Emil is a nationally recognized speaker on estate planning and charitable giving and a frequent author on these topics.

Emanuel J. Kallina, II, J.D., LL.M.
Kallina & Associates, LLC
7801 York Road, Ste 230
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 377-2170