Seasons of Service

Philanthropic Services Group

The Denver Foundation

Vickie Wilson has spent most of her career working in charitable giving. When she decided to make a legacy gift to The Denver Foundation, she knew what she was doing.

Raised on the southside of Chicago, Vickie Wilson’s mother was a public school teacher who often supported her students and their families with her own money. She passed on those philanthropic values to her three daughters. 

Vickie left Chicago to study economics and business at Beloit College and then went on to get an MS in finance from Purdue. Though she was always involved with a variety of charities, she spent the first part of her career in the financial services sector. In mid-career, while raising two children and working full time, she earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, which eventually led her to a second career in philanthropy. 

A friend introduced her to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where she started her first nonprofit job in planned giving. She quickly saw how her financial services background could help her connect donors’ passions and plans to the needs of the museum. Later, she brought that unique skill set to The Denver Foundation, and then to Community First Foundation. Vickie’s work in the area of planned giving and nonprofit fundraising was recognized last year, when the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable awarded her with the Betsy Mangone Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating her career and commitment to promoting charitable legacy giving for the betterment of the nonprofit community. 

Vickie retired from Community First Foundation in August 2017. “It has been great to spend more time with my four-year-old grandson, to travel and to volunteer,” she says. 

But not one to stand still in retirement, Vickie has begun into her third-act career now as Executive Director of Friends of the Haven, an organization she first served as a board member. Friends of the Haven supports new and expectant mothers who are in the correctional system and recovering from addiction. As a two-generation approach, the Haven program addresses the needs of both mothers and their babies in a residential environment. 

Vickie’s new office is next door to the hustle and bustle of infants and small children in the program’s daycare, serving as a constant reminder of the importance of the work she is doing. 

Vickie has named The Denver Foundation’s permanent endowment, The Fund for Denver, as a beneficiary of her estate plan. She says the flexibility and responsiveness of the Foundation’s endowment creates an opportunity for an ideal legacy gift. 

“Community needs change and evolve over time, with a legacy gift to the endowment, I can be assured that my gift will be used to support the changing needs of our community, for generations to come.” 

Do you have a long-term vision for your philanthropy? Please contact us at 303.300.1790 to discuss planning your charitable legacy. We would be honored to help bring your vision to life. 

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