Conferences & Training

Conference Leadership

Jeff Comfort

Jeff Comfort
Vice President, Principal Gifts and Gift Planning
Oregon State University Foundation

Jeff Comfort is well known in the gift planning field. He currently serves as the vice president for principal gifts and gift planning at Oregon State University Foundation. Previously, he served as the executive director of principal and planned gifts at Georgetown University, where he was responsible for overseeing university-wide planned giving efforts resulting in $248 million of planned gift commitments for Georgetown's $1 billion comprehensive campaign. Before arriving at Georgetown in 1995, he spent 11 years in Denver directing the planned giving 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.

Cynthia Krause

Cynthia Krause
Vice President of Gift Planning
Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Cynthia Krause has worked in the field of charitable gift planning with nonprofit organizations, individuals, families and family foundations for 25 years. She is currently vice president of gift planning for Baylor Health Care System Foundation where she leads the foundation's gift planning efforts. She previously practiced law with the firm of Manning & Miller, P.C., was associate trust counsel for Baptist Foundation of Texas and served as president and primary consultant for Wilson & Krause, a gift planning and family advisory services firm.

Krause served on the faculty of The College of William & Mary National Planned Giving Institute for six years and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Planned Giving Design Center®. She was a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning) and chaired the 12th National Conference in Los Angeles in addition to chairing or serving on numerous NCPG task forces. She was also past president of the North Texas chapter of NCPG, and a former member of the editorial advisory board of the publication Planned Giving Today®.

Krause is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor University School of Law and is a nationally recognized speaker on various aspects of nonprofit gift planning.

Scott R. Lumpkin

Scott R. Lumpkin
Scott R. Lumpkin & Associates, LLC

Scott Lumpkin consults with nonprofit organizations and individuals on transformational philanthropic strategies, with a focus on planned, major and principal gifts. Prior to launching his consulting firm in 2015, he had a 32-year development career at the University of Denver working primarily with high-net-worth donors to maximize their philanthropic impact. He led DU's gift planning program for more than 25 years before serving five years as vice chancellor of university advancement.

Under Lumpkin's leadership, the University of Denver successfully completed its $488 million "ASCEND" campaign in 2014, coinciding with DU's 150th anniversary. He was also instrumental in DU's previous $273 million campaign that transformed the campus in the 1990s. During his career at DU, he facilitated many of the university's largest gifts, reflecting his recognized expertise in charitable gift planning and demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with donors, helping them achieve their philanthropic dreams.

Lumpkin holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in business adminstration from the University of Denver.

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