Krista Boscoe, JD – Director of Development Denver Jewish Day School

When Krista Boscoe accepted the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 CPGR Summer Symposium, most in attendance at the luncheon probably weren’t surprised she took her podium moment not only to thank everyone, but to encourage attendees to join her and become a CPGR Legacy Partner.

Boscoe is a fervent fan of CPGR, whose helm she’ll take over next year as president. The Director of Development for Denver Jewish Day School has one of those all-in, personalities. She’s in her 19th year at DJDS, which was her first paid position as a fundraiser. She joined CPGR in 2001 as she was eager to learn all she could about fundraising and planned giving. Plus, she said, she needed to “broaden her circle of non-Jewish organizations.”

Executive Director Tina Drum quickly picked up on Boscoe’s willingness to jump in and help out. Boscoe has served on the Summer Symposium Committee, chaired the Membership Committee and also the Development Committee plus she’s been involved in the mentoring programming for five years. In terms of what she most enjoys about the organization, she says, “I think it’s the people I meet, the opportunity to learn and the opportunity to volunteer. It’s everything I like.”

A Denver native, Boscoe graduated from East High School before graduating from Colorado State University and then earning a law degree from the University of Denver. She clerked for a couple of years, but never practiced law. Her husband was in the profession, and at the time she figured one lawyer in the family was enough. And, she didn’t really love law.

Fundraising is another story. “I’ve always loved connecting people to their passion.”

She’s not only well rooted in the community but well connected. This Spring, she was featured in the Intermountain Jewish News as one of four “praise-worthy Jewish community addresses.” “With her finger on the pulse, she seems to know everyone and everything going on,” the article read in part.

Although she’s been involved in many gifts, her favorite involved an older donor she first met through a member of her board. He didn’t have any direct tie to the school and lived out of state, but believed in Jewish education. She asked him to consider putting the school in his estate plans. For 14 years she stewarded the relationship with calls three or four times a year and by sending him yearbooks. When he passed away, the school received $250,000 from his Donor Advised Fund. The school used the gift to retire some bad debt.

“It’s up to us to continue to keep these people close to our organizations,” she says. “I really believe legacy societies can be transformational for an organization.”

Outside of work, Krista’s an avid cyclist, loves to travel and do needlepoint. In fact, she was working on a footstool covering during Summer Symposium.

She and her husband, Mark, an estate attorney, have three grown children and one 4-year-old granddaughter. Her son, Adam, and his wife are expecting their second child, a son in December. Her daughter, Libby, and her husband both graduated CU medical school in May and her youngest son, Sam, is a senior at the University of Arizona.

Written by Olivia Mayer, Director of Donor Relations for Christian Living Communities, and one of Krista Boscoe’s CPGR protégés.

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