About Donna Skeels Cygan, CFP ®, MBA
A Certified Financial Planner® professional and a Registered Investment Advisor since 1998, Donna Skeels Cygan is the President of Sage Future Financial, LLC. As a fee-only financial advisor, she does not earn commissions, which eliminates many potential conflicts of interest.
Before launching Sage Future Financial, Donna was the founder and President of Essential Financial Planning for 10 years. The firm grew rapidly, and she decided to sell it in late 2007 in order to devote more time to her family. After fulfilling a non-compete clause, many of her former clients requested that she return to financial planning. She launched Sage Future Financial with a business model that ensures it will stay small while providing very extensive service to a limited number of clients. Her areas of expertise include investment management, retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning, education funding strategies, and legacy planning.
Donna is a recipient of numerous honors and awards for her investment management and financial planning expertise. She has been recognized by various magazines as being one of the “Top Wealth Managers in the US,” as one of the “100 Top Female Advisors in the US” and as one of the “Top 100 Financial Planners” in the country. In 2014 she was honored to be in Financial Planning magazine’s list of RIAs, and she was featured in a ThinkAdvisor article in late 2014 and in Morningstar Magazine in 2015.
Donna is often quoted in the financial and mainstream media in such distinguished publications as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Kiplinger’s, USA Today, Financial Advisor, and Investment News. She has appeared as a guest on CNBC, and she conducts educational seminars on many financial and psychology topics.
She is the author of The Joy of Financial Security, which provides strategies for attaining financial security and greater happiness. A premise of the book is that although money does not buy happiness, it does impact our happiness. People need to explore what makes them happy, and then they can design their finances to support their goals. She incorporates the latest research from the field of Psychology into deciphering the complex relationship between money and happiness. The exciting news is that both happiness and financial security can be cultivated, and she is passionate about helping her clients and her readers lead a richer life.
Donna is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and the New Mexico Estate Planning Council. She is also a member of an alliance of advanced financial planners known as E3.
She and her husband, Randy, have been residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1988. They have two daughters, Kate and Nora.