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Jonathan R. Heintzelman

Senior Counsel

Jon Heintzelman has more than 40 years of development experience and is particularly skilled in principal giving and gift planning. Jon’s expertise also includes campaign strategy and execution, staff recruitment, training and development, and working with institutional and Board leadership.

He served Northwestern University’s development office in several positions between 1980 and 1991 when he was appointed Associate Vice President with responsibility for major gifts, planned giving, corporate relations, foundation relations, stewardship and athletic development. Jon provided leadership for Northwestern’s highly successful $1.55 billion campaign which concluded in 2003. Jon also directed several successful athletic facility campaigns, including “The Future is Now” which raised $37 million against a goal of $25 million.

In 2003, Jon became Vice President for Advancement at Loyola University Chicago, overseeing development, alumni relations, and special events for all campuses of the University. Jon led Loyola’s first comprehensive capital campaign in over a decade. The campaign goal was $500 million, five times the previous campaign goal. Loyola exceeded its goal two years ahead of schedule, raising $535 million in total gifts. In 2012, Jon secured a gift of $40 million to name the Michael R. Quinlan School of Business, the largest gift ever given by an alumnus of the university.

Jon graduated from North Park University with a BA in economics. He earned his law degree at Northwestern Law School where he was a member of the Northwestern Law Review. He has served on the Board of Trustees of North Park. He also has served as a board member of the American Council on Gift Annuities, as a member of the editorial board of the Journal on Gift Planning, and as a mentor for the United Negro College Fund. In 1993, Jon was named National Planned Giving Professional of the Year by Planned Giving Today and in 2004 he was awarded the AFP Chicago Chapter’s Benjamin Franklin Award. In 2010, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving named its lifetime service award the Jonathan R. Heintzelman Lifetime Service Award and named Jon the first awardee.

Jon and his wife Kris reside in Lake Bluff and have three children.

Recent Clients

Featured Projects

New Trier Educational Foundation
New Trier Educational Foundation
North Park University
North Park University

RSS Jon’s Recent Blog Posts

  • The New Tax Law and Charitable Giving March 27, 2018
    With Tax Day upon us, it's important to be up to date on the new tax law and its impact. Here are some of the salient provisions to be aware of:
  • Tax Reform: A Lump of Coal in Charities’ Stockings? November 30, 2017
    At the time this is being written, the final tax reform bill has not yet been finalized with different versions in the House and Senate; however, several aspects of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill seem likely to end up in whatever final version can be fashioned and approved. These proposals ought to raise […]
  • The Elusive "Super Savers" of Planned Giving December 17, 2015
    Who did you include in your last planned giving mailing? If you just mailed to the usual list of donors, chances are you’re missing out. Our clients North Park University recently completed the most successful campaign in its history. While performing our post-campaign assessment, we examined all of the bequests they’d received during the campaign. […]