Nancy Gardiner is a Managing Director and Secretary of Hemenway Trust Company. She is also a member of HTC’s Trust Committee. Nancy brings deep experience to HTC’s clientele in all aspects of trust management for individuals, families and charities. Nancy is also a partner at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, where she chairs the firm’s Family Office and Philanthropic Services group. She works with families on governance, succession and all facets of family office creation, operation and management. She also advises individuals and families on all aspects of charitable giving, including the creation of charitable vehicles such as private foundations, advising families and individuals regarding areas of interest and the structuring of individual gifts. Nancy also counsels development offices on issues relating to major gifts.
Nancy also oversees Family Office and Philanthropic Services, which includes helping clients accomplish everyday tasks, such as bill paying, relocations, assisted living arrangements, oversight of special assets or collections and other issues related to "life management."
Nancy's clients include families and individuals throughout New England.
A former lecturer at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, Nancy Gardiner has written on topics related to nonprofit management and philanthropy. She speaks on all facets of philanthropy, including how it is an integral part of a family’s legacy, to groups including the Family Office Exchange, Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Nancy has written a chapter on board structure and function in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) book Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations.
“Most of my clients are individuals and families. For many, I am ‘first call’ for questions – no issue is too big or too small. I work with clients on the whole picture. This includes how to talk to children about family wealth, or how to transition wealth from one generation to the next while achieving important philanthropic goals. I also work with nonprofit organizations, a natural fit given my personal commitment to volunteer work. Issues include governance, and structuring gifts in a tax sensitive way that respects the wishes of all the parties involved. Listening is important to me. I am satisfied only when I hear my clients tell me that I’ve exceeded their expectations.”