Ashland University Names Director of Planned Giving

Ashland University Names Director of Planned Giving

1/30/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University has named Joseph L. Macedo as the new director of planned giving within the development office. He began his duties at Ashland University in early January.

Macedo comes to Ashland after working for five years at the Smithsonian. During his tenure there, the planned giving program raised more than $75 million in planned gifts.

“Joe joins our team with extensive knowledge. For more than 30 years, he has served donors in the philanthropic community and we are very pleased to have him as an important member of our team,” said Margaret Pomfret, vice president of development for Ashland University. “For more than two decades, Ashland University has been blessed by donors and friends who have created planned gifts for the benefit of higher education.”

In his new position at Ashland, Macedo is responsible for working with donors who wish to explore planned giving opportunities. He will assist donors on a wide range of gift options and work jointly with financial and legal advisers to help these donors craft the most cost effective philanthropic plans available. He also will guide contributors in making significant gifts to the university, while maximizing all available benefits.

“Joe’s experience in developing and implementing a broad array of vehicles through which donors may support their favored charities has led to dramatic growth in contributions for several organizations,” said AU President Dr. Fred Finks. “His skills represent an important addition for the Ashland community in attaining the next level of private financial support needed as we move forward.”

Macedo continues to be heavily involved in maintaining and raising the standards of his profession. He regularly assisted in the presentation of planned giving seminars for a wide range of charitable organizations and served as guest speaker with Crescendo Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of planned giving software, during their acclaimed seminars.

He is a long-standing member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) and is certified by this group as having the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform his duties in an effective, conscientious and professional manner. Macedo is an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) since 1991.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Macedo obtained a broad background in charitable fundraising since 1982 when he began his career with United Way of Massachusetts Bay. He later held positions with United Way organizations in Memphis, Tenn., and Spartanburg, S.C.

Macedo went on to a successful career in educational fundraising beginning with the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, where he served as executive director of its foundation and initiated the school’s planned giving program. Following this, he was at Kent State University where he initiated the school’s highly successful planned giving program as associate vice president for the Center for Gift and Estate Planning.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###