John Keith, J.D., brings to JGA an extensive depth of expertise in planned giving, major gift development, campaigns, leadership annual giving, and the role of volunteer engagement in fundraising.
John is an 18-year veteran of the Indiana University Foundation where he most recently served as Associate Vice President of Individual Giving. In this capacity, he focused on gift planning services, women’s philanthropy, reunion giving, parent and family giving, and participated in the principal gifts program, which included naming gifts of $5 million and above.
While at Indiana University, John and his gift planning team assisted development officers and generous IU alumni and friends to secure more than $500 million in new major and planned gift commitments for the future of Indiana University, a crucial aspect of five IU campaigns. Other roles he held at Indiana University Foundation include Executive Director/ Director of Gift Planning, Associate Director of Planned Giving, and Staff Attorney for the Office of General Counsel.
As an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University for five years, John shared his experiences and knowledge with IU undergraduate students by teaching courses in major and planned gifts, campaign planning, and estate planning. Prior to working at Indiana University, he practiced law at Keith & Keith attorneys, a firm focused on wills, trusts, probate, philanthropic planning, and real estate.
John is a member of the Indiana State Bar, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Partnership on Philanthropic Planning, and a past board president and board member of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana.
John obtained his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and holds a Bachelor’s in Religion from Wabash College.
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