CAMDEN — Pandemics and Planned Giving was the topic of a presentation made by Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, at the Northern New England chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual conference, held Nov. 3 and 4.

Ruef-Lindquist, a financial advisor at Allen Insurance and Financial in Camden, said the COVID-19 pandemic drove people to focus on estate planning, while the confluence of historic stock and real estate values, potential estate and income tax changes, and compelling societal need has laid the groundwork for many fruitful conversations with organizations’ most loyal supporters.

She explored these dynamics, which she said could impact gift planning for years to come. Attendees at the conference, held in Manchester, N.H., included approximately150 fundraising and nonprofit professionals from across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Ruef-Lindquist has had a role in planned giving as an attorney, former trust officer and philanthropic advisor and consultant to nonprofits across New England. She is outgoing president of the Maine Planned Giving Council and she previously served as vice president for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, and CEO of the Maine Women’s Fund.