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.
Senior Director of Development, Gift Planning
Alexandra Hyde joined DU's Advancement team in August 2022 as Senior Director of Development, Gift Planning. Alexandra partners with DU alumni and friends to explore ways to leave a legacy at DU and support future generations of Pioneers. Alexandra has nearly 12 years of experience in advancement, primarily within higher education institutions in Boston and Denver. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Anthropology and Art History from Bowdoin College. Alexandra enjoys travel, writing, exploring new restaurants, tennis, and spending time with her family on the coast of Maine.
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.