The gift planning offices in the field of higher education at universities and colleges across the country represent some of the most active and involved participants in the philanthropic world. For this reason, we regularly consult with high education development offices and their most strategic donors. Often Effectual Giving ("EG") will serve as an “consulting extension” of these offices, particularly by assisting the highly integrated planned giving teams as they begin to collaborate with the donor’s key advisors, who usually consist of attorneys, accountants and financial professional(s). Our experience is that too often, a well-conceived planned giving recommendation is postponed or terminated by one or more of the donor’s advisors, simply due to the advisor's lack of a core understanding of complexities of a particular planned giving recommendation. These customized planned giving consulting services help minimize the likelihood of a planned giving strategy becoming lost or forgotten in the "advisor minefield," which is one of the critical final stages of most planned giving strategies. EG also provides consulting services related to (i) specialized planned giving strategies, (ii) analysis of donor databases and planned giving recommendations, and (iii) campaign-specific planned giving initiatives.