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University of Denver
Office of Gift Planning
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80210
Telephone: 303.871.2739
Toll Free: 800.448.3238

Meet Our Team

Jon KrausJon Kraus
Executive Director, Gift Planning
Phone: 303.871.4619


Jon Kraus joined University Advancement in March 2015. As Executive Director of Gift Planning, Jon works with donors, advisors and university partners to explore options for making tax-wise gifts that can have the most impact possible on the university and our students. Prior to joining Gift Planning, Jon was Director of Development for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver from 2013 to 2015. Jon has 17 years’ experience in financial planning and nonprofit development at various for-profit, non-profit and educational institutions in Denver and Boston. Jon earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Jon enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, biking, home brewing, and spending time with his wife Kristen and their three children, Joseph, Samuel and Magdalene.


Karen  J.  ShawKaren J. Shaw
Director of Development, Gift Planning
Phone: 303.871.2771


Karen Shaw joined University Advancement in August 2018 as Director of Development, Gift Planning. Karen partners with DU alumni and friends to build your philanthropic legacy in a way that matches your passions to the university’s innovative initiatives. She brings 25 years of non-profit and higher education development experience to this role, most recently serving as Vice-President and Chief Development Officer of an Oregon health care system. Karen earned her BS in Home Economics and Communication from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and is now pursuing her Masters of Divinity with a Social Justice emphasis at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Karen’s passions include writing, jewelry-making, reading (especially mysteries), human rights advocacy, and spending time with her family in Oregon and in the South.


Linda MelickLinda Melick
Gift Planning Coordinator
Phone: 303.871.2739


Linda Melick has been with the University of Denver since 2003 and joined the Gift Planning team in June of 2017. She supports Gift Planning by focusing on estate administration and oversight of life-income gifts.

During her time at DU, Linda has always been in the Advancement division. Prior to joining Gift Planning, she was assistant to the vice chancellor and also worked in Principal Gifts and Advancement Initiatives. She received her degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Geneseo and previously worked in hospital administration, investment banking, computer technology and human resources. Linda lives in Denver with her husband, Jordan, and greatly enjoys reading, working out and almost anything that gets her outdoors.


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