Philanthropy at the University

Mailing Address:
Office of Development
P.O. Box 1321
Houston, TX 77251-1321
Physical Address:
Office of Development
7000 Fannin, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-500-3200
Fax: 713-500-3052

Welcome to UTHealth Gift Planning

Thank you for your interest in UTHealth. Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information. We have an increasing number of friends who now are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities, and other plans. Thank you for taking the time to explore the benefits of gift planning.

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Meet Our Team

7000 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: 713-500-3200

Contact Us

Our Team

W. David Starnes
Sr. Director, Estate and Gift Planning

David joined UTHealth in August 2016 as Director of Gift Planning. Prior to joining UTHealth, David served as Senior Director of Gift Planning at MD Anderson, Director of Gift Planning at Baylor College of Medicine and Executive Director of Constituent Development at the University of Houston. Since the start of David's fundraising career, he has focused on gifts of non-cash assets and helping individuals develop a gift plan that will produce beneficial results for the donor and their family. Memberships include the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Planned Giving Council of Houston and Houston Estate and Financial Forum.

David and his wife Sheri have been married for 33 years and have two sons and two granddaughters.

Jennifer Clark
Director, Estate and Gift Planning

Jennifer joined UTHealth in June 2018 as Director of Estate and Gift Planning. Her favorite part of her job is working with donors and their advisors to find the best assets and the most tax-wise methods of fulfilling their philanthropic goals. Her extensive history in gift planning and fundraising includes working in both higher education and health care settings. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University. She is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Planned Giving Council of Houston, and the Houston Estate and Financial Forum.

Trudy Jacobs
Development Coordinator

Trudy joined UTHealth in July 2016 as a Development Coordinator for Planned Giving. Trudy serves as the primary liaison between with the University of Texas System Office of Development and Gift Planning Services with regard to all estate gifts. Prior to joining UTHealth, Trudy was a Project Manager and Marketing Coordinator specializing in direct mail and email campaigns, advertising and digital microsites. Originally from Michigan, Trudy graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communications. She has a passion for volunteering; she worked with Michigan's Underground Railroad and currently volunteers with the Houston Area Women's Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and listening to live music.