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Margaret A. Cline

Credentials: V.P., Gift Planning & Trust Services
Margaret Cline

Margaret A. (Meg) Cline serves as the Vice President for Gift Planning and Trust Services at the University of Illinois Foundation where she is responsible for the team of professional staff that oversee all aspects of gift planning, deferred gift administration, and all gift documentation for the University of Illinois System and its three universities.  Prior to assuming this role in February 2015, Meg served for five years as the Associate Dean for Advancement for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before joining the University in 2005, Meg worked for the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) in Jefferson City, Missouri where she assisted in the management of institutional investment portfolios and was the key liaison for all communication and education on investment matters with the Board of Trustees, retirees, the press, and general public.  She started her fundraising career at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Prior to this time, she worked in the fee-only financial planning industry as a financial advisor.

Meg received a Bachelor of Science degree and MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  Meg is a member of many professional associations including the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, current President for the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council where she has served as President and a board member; Regent of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois; and P.E.O. where she has served on several state committees.  She is past president of the Illinois 4-H House Alumni Association.  Raised on a farm in Stark County, Illinois, Meg now resides in the Champaign-Urbana community with her husband, Scott, and their daughter.