Mini-Seminar with W. Peter Sommerfeld
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Pete Sommerfeld joined the planned giving department at Oregon Health & Science University Foundation in October 1996 and was named Senior Director of Gift Planning in 2006. In December, 2010, he was named the Foundation’s first Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In total, he has over thirty years of experience in the field. During his tenure with OHSU Foundation, he has collaborated with donors and their advisors to design and close a variety of gifts in support of all aspects of OHSU’s mission.
Pete came to OHSU Foundation from United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington, where he served as Director of Planned Giving. He began his development career at the same organization as Special Projects Director. His professional background also includes experience in the corporate office of PayLess Drug Stores, Portland television station KATU, and campus ministry in several locations around the US.
Pete is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and likely is Oregon’s leading Tar Heels fan. He also earned a master’s degree in New Testament Greek from Western Seminary in Portland.
Pete is a former Board member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to that organization. He also holds membership in the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. In 2015 he was selected for membership in the Leadership Institute of that organization. In 2001 he earned designation as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) from the American Institute of Philanthropic Studies at California State University, Long Beach.