Planned Giving

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Photo of Ann Sponberg Peterson ‘83 Ann Sponberg Peterson ‘83
Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Development

Ann earned her degree in music at Gustavus and then completed a master of music degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in music history and literature. She served at Gustavus from 1986 to 1997, first in admissions and then with development. She was vice president of development at Lutheran Social Service of New England and Regis College in Massachusetts, and then senior director of development at Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Before returning to Gustavus, Ann served 11 years as director of development for principal gifts and co-campaign director at Luther College.

Ann founded and leads the philanthropic project Empowering Learners, which supports schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia. She has chaired the board of trustee of the ELCA Foundation and served with the Association of Lutheran Development Executives and the Minnesota Planned Giving Council.

While each member of the Advancement team has experience and training with planned giving, Ann’s particular area of expertise is bequests, trusts, and other types of legacy gifts. Please contact her with questions:



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