University of Denver
Office of Gift Planning
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80210
Toll Free: 800.448.3238
Meet Our Team
Executive Director, Gift Planning
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.
Director of Development, Gift Planning
Matthew Hudson joined Advancement at DU in March 2021 as Director of Development, Gift Planning. Matthew partners with DU alumni and friends to make lasting legacies in support of our many programs. Matthew has nearly 15 years of experience in political advocacy, nonprofit management, and higher education fundraising. Most recently, Matthew served for four years as Director of Development for the Air Force Academy Foundation, where he secured various current, planned and in-kind gifts. His professional history also includes stints at the University of Colorado, the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation and as a political aide for the Colorado Legislature and US Congress. Matthew earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Colorado Mesa University and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management at CU Denver. In his spare time, Matthew can be found enjoying the great Colorado outdoors and all it has to offer with his wife Rachel and son Hayden, along with their chocolate lab Chloe.
Assistant Director of Gift Planning Administration
Caitlin Sturgis joined Gift Planning at DU in March 2022 as Assistant Director of Gift Planning Administration. Caitlin strengthens the relationship between DU and our Pioneer Legacy Society Members and supports estate administration. Prior to joining DU Advancement, Caitlin served as the Development Manager for the Dumb Friends League, overseeing Annual, Mid-Level and Planned Giving. Her professional background also includes experience at the Morris Animal Foundation and Dirt Coffee. Caitlin is pursuing her MSW at the University of Denver and has a BA in Global Affairs from George Mason University. Caitlin enjoys stand-up comedy shows, romantic novels and long walks on the trail with her husband, George, and their dog, Tucker.