Vice President of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning, Oregon State University

Jeff Comfort

A national leader in the field of gift planning, Jeff Comfort joined the Oregon State University Foundation in January 2013 after a distinguished 18-year career at Georgetown University. There he oversaw university-wide gift planning efforts that resulted in more than $500 million in gift commitments and receipts during his tenure. Before arriving at Georgetown in 1995, he spent 11 years in Denver directing the gift planning program for the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Comfort is active both nationally and locally in planned giving professional associations. As a volunteer leader of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning), he served as president, chair of the 10th National Conference on Planned Giving in New Orleans and was a member of the NCPG board of directors for five years. Additionally, he was a member of the ethics committee and chaired the task force on gift valuation.

On the local level, he is a past president and board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council of Greater Washington and was a founding board member for the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable. Comfort has served 5 years as co-chair for an annual CASE Planned Giving Conference and was recently appointed to the editorial advisory board of Planned Giving Today, the professional newsletter for gift planners.

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