Contact Planned Giving
The George Washington University's Office of Planned Giving helps alumni and friends who wish to support the University through their estate plans or via gifts that provide lifetime incomes to the donor, such as charitable gift annuities or trusts. Please call us for assistance as you consider a planned giving opportunity at (877) 498-7590. If you are the administrator for an estate, please contact Justine Van Wie at (202) 994-9525.
Office of Planned Giving
1922 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
General Office Phone: (877) 498-7590
John B. Kendrick, CAP ®
Assistant Vice President of Development, Planned Giving
John B. Kendrick, CAP ® is Assistant Vice President of Development, Planned Giving, at the George Washington University, where he leads a team of seven planned giving professionals. He is the planned giving liaison for the School of Business, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the University Museum, and several departments in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. John has GW roots — he was born in GW Hospital and remembers eating at Quigley's Drug Store as a child with his mother and his father, John W. Kendrick, a GW economics professor from 1955 through 1988.
John started his career in the private sector at Young & Rubicam and later served in a variety of executive-level positions in the marketing and advertising fields. Inspired by helping his parents establish planned gifts at GW, John shifted his career focus to nonprofit development work in 2000. Prior to joining GW, John led the Smithsonian Institution's planned giving program. He also worked in development at The National Academies and Hood College.
John is an alumnus of Cornell University and also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He is a former board member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council, a founding member of the annual National Capital Philanthropic Thought Leaders Retreat, and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®. In 2018, John was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Capital Gift Planning Council.
Senior Planned Giving Advisor
Jane B. Kolson is Senior Planned Giving Advisor at GW, where she has worked since 2005. Her current responsibilities focus on planned giving and fundraising for a variety of campus programs, including the Luther Brady Art Gallery, and she is the planned giving liaison for the Elliott School of International Affairs, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and GW Libraries and Academic Innovation.
Jane has more than 30 years of fundraising experience at institutions including Case Western Reserve University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Washington National Cathedral. She is a cum laude graduate of Allegheny College and holds an M.P.A. from Kent State University. She serves on the board of directors of the National Capital Gift Planning Council.
Courtney Tsai, JD, CAP ®
Executive Director of Planned Giving
Courtney L. Tsai, J.D., CAP ® Executive Director of Planned Giving at GW, where she has worked since 2015. Her responsibilities include management of the planned giving team, maintaining a portfolio of generous GW alumni and friends, and serving as the planned giving liaison for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, and the Mount Vernon College campus.
Courtney came to GW after working in planned giving for the University of Chicago, Easter Seals Headquarters, and Pepperdine University. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®, as well as a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Courtney is also licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Justine Van Wie, SPH MS '11
Director, Gift and Estate Administration
Justine Van Wie is Director, Gift and Estate Administration and has been with the GW Office of Planned Giving since 2006. She manages estate administration, planned giving communications, donor stewardship, and Heritage Society events, among other responsibilities.
Justine is an alumna of St. Mary's College of Maryland and has completed a master's degree in clinical exercise physiology through GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.
Adam Lewis, CFRE, CAP ®, GSEHD MA ‘09
Director of Planned Giving
Adam S. Lewis, CAP ® is Director of Planned Giving at GW, where he has worked since 2007. His responsibilities include acting as the planned giving liaison for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Division of Student Affairs, and GW Hillel.
Adam came to GW after working in development for the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md. He is a cum laude graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds a master's degree in higher education administration from GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ® and serves on the board of directors of the National Capital Gift Planning Council.
Director of Planned Giving
Louisa Sizemore joined GW in 2020 as a Director of Planned Giving. In addition to maintaining a portfolio of loyal GW alumni and friends, she acts as planned giving liaison for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the College of Professional Studies, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and the School of Business.
Prior to GW, Louisa worked in planned giving for environmental non-profits for more than eight years. Most recently, Louisa launched a planned giving program at Friends of the Earth. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH where she majored in zoology and environmental science. Louisa is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the National Capital Gift Planning Council.
Associate, Planned Giving
Margaret Battey joined the Office of Planned Giving in 2016, providing support to members of GW's Planned Giving team and managing planned giving print and digital marketing campaigns.
She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Dickinson College. Prior to joining GW, Margaret worked as a communications consultant, an account manager for a Washington-based public relations firm, and an advancement assistant at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Associate, Planned Giving
Paz Cisternas joined GW in April 2018, providing administrative support to members of the Offices of Planned Giving and Family Philanthropy. Currently, she provides support to the Offices of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and Planned Giving.
She has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile, a Project Management Certificate from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from GW. Prior to joining GW, Paz worked at the Organization of the American States, the General Treasury of Chile, and two health insurance companies.