Joe McKay
Executive Director of Gift Planning
University Advancement

Joe McKay is a personable and dedicated professional, with over 25 years of experience as a planned giving officer. Joe joined the University of Denver in 2008, and he currently serves as the Executive Director of Gift Planning where planned gifts account for more than one third of all philanthropic support.

Joe holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College, and he earned his law degree at Columbus School of Law at Catholic University before joining the Tax Division of a major international CPA firm. He later served several major non-profit organizations as senior planned giving specialist, including Brigham Young University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Dignity Health System.

Joe leads the Office of Gift Planning at the University of Denver which is a five person team. He and the other planned giving officers individually assist separately assigned alumni and friends in achieving their philanthropic goal for all DU schools and programs, and they work closely with regional and campus based development officers through joint donor visits, and by structuring “blended gift” opportunities that combine current and deferred gift components.

Joe served as a past president of the Planned Giving Council of Houston, Board member and Program Chair for the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeastern Michigan, Editorial Advisory Committee member for Endowment Development Services, Inc., is a co-author of The Ultimate Quick Reference Planned Giving Pocket Guide, and author of the Planned Giving Policy Manual at PlannedGiving.Com.

He is a popular regional and national conference speaker, including the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and is noted for his work and knowledge regarding the team building dynamics and organizational challenges in seeking to expand and integrate planned and major gift operations. He is the grandfather of 13 promising young girls and boys, and especially enjoys family activities.

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