Midland welcomes Katz as its new Director of Donor Engagement and Major Gifts

Midland welcomes Katz as its new Director of Donor Engagement and Major Gifts

Friday, October 18, 2019

Midland University has announced the addition of Jennifer Katz as its new Director of Donor Engagement and Major Gifts. Katz brings more than 20 years of experience working in both profit and nonprofit industries.

Katz spent the past five years as the Director of Gift Planning for the University of Nebraska Foundation. In her role, Katz helped facilitate gifts to the Foundation on a local, national and global scale. Over the past two years, Katz was credited with fundraising activities that generated more than $26 million.

"We are so thrilled that Jennifer Katz has joined the Midland University Office of Advancement as Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement,” said Jessica Janssen, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Midland University. “Jennifer brings a wealth of experience to Midland University, and will be a great resource to donors as they consider supporting our mission, which is to inspire people to learn and lead in the world with purpose. Jennifer is incredibly personable and exudes a passion for higher education."

Katz graduated with a BS Degree in psychology from Kansas State in 1992 and earned her Juris Doctor from the College of Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995. After spending time as both a human resources coordinator and benefits administrator at Alegent Creighton Health and TD Ameritrade Holding Company, Katz served in a variety of capacities during her 11-year career with Integrated Healthcare Strategies in Minneapolis, Minn. Her roles included team leader, benefits consultant, project manager and senior plan administrator. She then helped co-found and served as practice manager for Katz and Dogs Wellness Clinic in Glendale, Ariz. Prior to her work with the University of Nebraska Foundation, Katz served as Senior Consultant/Director for the Creelgroup in Omaha, Neb.

“The world is rapidly changing. Midland University’s commitment to embracing a strategy focused on fostering relentless relevancy within its curriculum, its activities, its community, and its people, is personally meaningful to me,” Katz said. “Midland’s core values of faith, learning, quality, respect, and stewardship are purposely incorporated into how Midland’s students are educated today to benefit the community and marketplace of tomorrow. That’s exciting and empowering.”

Katz has been involved in numerous volunteer activities during her career, including work with homeless shelters, libraries and serving as board president for No More Empty Pots, a nonprofit organization helping to fight poverty. As Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement, one of Katz’s primary objectives will be to communicate with and learn about Midland alumni and find ways to further connect them to Midland University.

“My role is to assist supporters of Midland University in determining how their support may make the most meaningful difference in the lives of those individuals that their gifts ultimately impact in a manner which is aligned with the donor’s personal values. I am honored to assist these supporters in crafting their legacies through their philanthropy,” Katz said. “Through connecting with supporters of Midland University, together we will take action to make sure that a college education remains possible for any student with the ability, drive, and talent to pursue his or her goals. Donations to nonprofits are generally investments in activities which are consistent with the values of the donor. People do not just give money when they donate dollars. In actuality, they are creating or sustaining a personal legacy that will live on long after their own lifetimes.”