Advancement names Donlon new director of planned giving

Headshot of Peter Donlon in a suit and orange-striped tie.

Peter Donlon has been named director of planned giving, Campbell University’s Office of Advancement announced. Donlon, formerly the director of church relations and development for the Divinity School, is a graduate of the school, earning his Master of Divinity degree in 2006.

As director of planned giving, he is responsible for building and maintaining a relationship with Campbell University’s many generous donors. Planned giving includes management of estate gifts, wills and bequest intentions, retirement plans, real estate, life insurance, charitable trusts and other gifts.

“I could not be more pleased and proud to have Peter Donlon join our advancement team,” Vice President for Advancement and Senior Advisor to the President Britt Davis said. “Not only is he an experienced development officer through Campbell’s Divinity school, he’s also a graduate who is well respected by his peers and our alumni. Peter will be an outstanding complement to Campbell’s well-established planned giving program that has been crafted and led by Associate Vice President for Advancement Jerry Wood for many years. We have an amazing and talented development team here.”

Donlon spent 20 years in hospitality management with Marriott International before enrolling at Campbell Divinity. After earning his divinity degree, he served as a chaplain at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh for three years and as the director of programs at Urban Ministries of Durham for four years. At Urban Ministries, he created and directed programs for a large agency engaged in homeless services and served on the Executive Committee of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

More recently, before joining the Campbell Divinity staff in 2015, Donlon was a major gifts officer in The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Marketing and Development Department and the director of its Project CATCH program. As director of Project CATCH (Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless), Donlon developed a system of care for 12 homeless services agencies in Wake County, supervised a professional case management team and facilitated numerous initiatives across Wake County serving the homeless

“Our alumni and friends are making an effort to remember Campbell as they make estate plans. Adding Peter to the team will ensure they have someone to help in this process,” Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jason Gipe said. “His knowledge and ability to relate to different situations will be an asset for everyone as they navigate this process.”

Peter has been married to his wife, Janet for over 40 years, and they have two children, a daughter, Meg Rogers, and a son, Peter Jr.