Marianne Blackwell

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Marianne Blackwell

Senior Director, Gift Planning and Leadership Giving
University Development

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare


Marianne is a Senior Director in the Office of Gift Planning and Leadership Giving with the University of Colorado (System). In her role, she supports the fundraising efforts of the UCCS Advancement team and assists our donors and their advisors in considering and designing charitable giving plans as part of their personal financial and estate planning.

Marianne graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1982 with a B.A. in Psychology and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1985 with a Juris Doctorate. She has practiced law in Oklahoma and Colorado (including a private practice in Colorado Springs from 1992 through 2003) in the areas of bankruptcy, civil litigation, wills/trusts/probate, family law, contracts, and business formation. Marianne is a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations and a section member of the Elder Law and Trust & Estates committees. She also belongs to the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable (former board member), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the American Council on Gift Annuities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Marianne and her husband live in Castle Rock with their 2 senior and beloved dogs and have a son studying chemistry at Colorado State University.