DOUG OLSON, CFRE, FCEP

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

2006

Located In
Omaha, Nebraska

Partners Located In
Iowa
Nebraska
North Dakota
Minnesota
South Dakota

Education

  • Luther Seminary, M.Div., 1984

  • Augustana University, B.A., 1977

  • University of Wyoming, Political Science, freshman year, 1974

  • Bellevue University, MBA Program Coursework
  • Sioux Falls Seminary, D.Min Program Coursework
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)

Memberships & Associations

  • National Association of Charitable Gift Planners
  • Charitable Gift Planners of Nebraska
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
  • Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP), Charitable Estate Planning Institute
  • Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable

  • South Dakota Planned Giving Council
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nebraska Chapter, Past President
  • Augustana University Alumni Association, Past President

Experience

  • CHI Alegent Health, Chief Development Officer and Director of Capital Appeals and Planned Giving, 2003-2006
  • Planned Giving Partners, Owner, 2002-2003

  • Augustana University, Vice President for Advancement, 2000-2002

  • Methodist Health System, Vice President of Planned Giving, 1997-2000
  • Mosaic Foundation, Vice President of Development, 1993-1997

DOUG OLSON, CFRE, FCEP

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Doug became the first associate to reside north of Nashville when he joined in 2006. 

After growing up on an Iowa farm, he earned his Master of Divinity degree and served as a pastor in both rural and urban congregations from 1984 to 1990.

Doug began his career in resource development in 1990 and has worked with organizations in a range of fields including the arts, social services, higher education and healthcare.

Throughout his career, Doug has held a strong interest in values-based, individual-centered planning and maintained a commitment to make the individual or couple the focus of every conversation and giving plan. At Thompson & Associates, Doug has found common cause with a team devoted to the same pledge.

Doug follows his passion for helping people to discover what is most important to them and leads individuals through a process that encourages them to discover, analyze and put in motion their ultimate legacy goals. He cherishes the relationships that spring from getting to know them and finds great satisfaction in offering them the gift of empowerment, a voice, and a legacy. Doug credits his background in ministry with honing his listening skills and the ability to encourage others. He is able to call upon his expertise as a teacher and facilitator to help individuals create plans that fit them in a personal way.

Since joining Thompson & Associates he has assisted in planning hundreds of estates, which have benefitted families and directed over half a billion dollars to nonprofit organizations. He has been a mentor to many and speaker on philanthropy and planned giving at local, regional and international conferences.

As President of the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2004, Doug led the chapter to its first-ever recognition as a Ten Star Award Chapter at the international level.

Doug has two adult children and three amazing grandchildren and spends time with them regularly. He is a long-time fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Twins, and is a Green Bay Packers shareholder. He enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring – especially in the American West.