CFP, Speaker and Author

Arlene Cogen


CFP, Speaker and Author

Arlene Cogen

Arlene Cogen is known as the “goddess of Giving”. Arlene is a Certified Financial Planner, speaker, and bestselling author of Give to Live: Make a Charitable Gift You Never Imagined. Arlene wants everyone to experience the joy of giving and she will show you how.

Arlene was a Vice President on Wall Street, spending over 20 years in the trust and investment world. Wanting to lead by example for her daughters, she transitioned into nonprofit development and helped guide the ninth largest community foundation in the country for almost a decade. During that time, Arlene facilitated over $96 million dollars in current gifts, helping people integrate philanthropy into personal and financial plans for effective and fulfilling outcomes.


Give to Live

This is a love story about your finances, taking care of family and making a difference. Whether you are new to charitable giving or simply keen to improve your understanding of giving and philanthropy, this is your book. It will free you from the haze of the complicated jargon, break things down in understandable terms and share ways to effectively and meaningfully include philanthropy in your life.


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Meet Arlene

The Story of the Pomegranate


Pomegranates have a rich symbolism in many cultures and religions. In Egypt, they signify prosperity. In China, fertility. In Judaism, the numerous seeds symbolize fruitfulness. Also, the fruit is said to have 613 seeds, corresponding with the 613 commandments of the Torah.



What They Say

"Our team has always appreciated your professional expertise in helping us help our clients to connect the most effective strategies and tools with their heartfelt support of what matters to them."

– Patrick J Green, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

"Arlene Siegel Cogen is a true professional. Her infectious personality and deep knowledge of charitable gift planning make her an absolute pleasure to work with. Ever since I arrived in Portland eight years ago she has been a wonderful resource, advocate, and friend."

– Marc Blattner, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

"I had the pleasure of working with Arlene for several years when she was with The Oregon Community Foundation, and she clearly “gets” the world of philanthropy."

– Jeffrey C. Thede, Partner, Thede, Culpepper, Moore, Monroe & Silliman, LLP of Greater Portland

"I have had the privilege of knowing Arlene for many years. I find her to be warm, compassionate, fun with a no-nonsense personality. She is knowledgeable in her field of expertise and is a thoughtful, strategic thinker. It has been my pleasure to have her coach my colleagues as well as introduce her to my clients. I will look forward to working with Arlene throughout the years to come."

– Michelle Castano Garcia, Principal, Northwest Investment Counselors

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