Testimonials

Minnesota is beyond lucky to have Joe – a true gem in the planned giving sector – as a leader here in our state. Joe’s wisdom, guidance, and knowledge have greatly benefited our organization and I cannot recommend him more highly! He is a forward-thinker, partner and collaborator, and remarkable practitioner.”
Mariah Brook, Gift Planner, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

“Regions Hospital Foundation has been working with Joe for two years.  All of the donors who have participated in the [Thompson & Associates] process have thanked us and have commented on what a great experience values based estate planning was for them.  Joe is very professional, knowledgeable, and just a great guy to work with. I fully trust him with our donors and the results have been spectacular. ”  —Chris Pulkrabek, Senior Gift Planning Officer, Regions Hospital Foundation

“Joe Thiegs brings to his consulting great breadth and depth of experience and expertise in gift planning, including its technical aspects, marketing, the cultivation and stewardship of donors, and much more.  He’s worked with a wide variety of non-profit sectors, including public media and education. I know Joe through his leadership and facilitation of Greater Public’s Legacy Leaders group, where I have found him to be a generous, innovative, and skilled convener and advisor.  Joe will be a wise advisor to new and well-established organizations alike.”
–Karen Marek, Director, Gift Planning and Endowment, KQED

“Joe Thiegs brings a depth of knowledge and integrity to his work as a planned giving consultant, which coupled with his good humor and passion for helping organizations fulfill their charitable missions, makes him a pleasure to work with and a significant resource.”
–Dina Vaz, Director, Legacy Giving, New York Public Radio (WNYC, WQXR, NJPR, Gothamist)

“Joe holds himself to high ethical and professional standards and genuinely enjoys meeting people, as well as working with and teaching donors and fellow professionals, and is rich with experience in planned giving.”
–Bradley (Brad) Reiners, J.D., Senior Manager of Gift Planning, TPT – Twin Cities PBS

“Joe has been a true leader in public media.  He’s always willing to share his considerable knowledge of planned giving.”
–Bill Ruettinger, J.D., Senior Director, Gift Planning and Endowment, KQED

“Joe Thiegs is a great champion of the cause for planned giving in the Public Broadcasting world. It is critical that our industry recognize the value of planned giving and Joe is doing his best to spread that message.”
–Kathy Reed, Assistant VP, Major and Planned Giving, WXXI

“Both Jan and I found our values-based estate planning meetings with Joe Thiegs extremely helpful. It is easy to put off serious consideration of estate planning until another day for a variety of reasons. However, our meetings with Joe helped us think in detail about and take positive steps towards developing our estate plans based on our values and desires. It was great to be able to do this at our leisure and without any pressure, along with someone like Joe who has so much experience with this process. In addition, Joe was very helpful in bringing to my attention certain issues with my current donation plans in regard to optimizing my tax filings, which I so appreciated.”
–Bill Frey, Ph.D., and Jan Volkenant

Current and Past Clients

Greater Public
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Community Giving
Community Giving
Brainerd Lakes area Community Foundation
Brainerd Lakes Area
Community Foundation
Park Nicollet Foundation
Park Nicollet Foundation
Regions Hospital Foundation
Regions Hospital Foundation
St. Mary’s University
(San Antonio, Texas)
Thompson & Associates