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Launching Planned Giving to a New Level at The Museum of Flight

October 7th, 2019

Women's University Club

11:30 AM - Registration & Networking

12:00 to 1:30 PM – Lunch & Program

Learn about the Museum’s recent $79.5 million comprehensive campaign – Inspiration Begins Here! – and how the four-year effort boosted its planned giving operations to a new level of impact. You’ll hear about the lessons learned and how the success of the campaign and the relationships it deepened have led the institution to build a more professional and sustained program.


Trip Switzer

Vice President of Development

Trip has been with The Museum of Flight as Vice President of development since 2011. Under his leadership, the Museum’s development team doubled in size and executed its most successful comprehensive campaign ever – Inspiration Begins Here! – which ran from 2013 through 2016, and raised $79.5 million for educational programming, capital projects and operations.

Trip has served the non-profit sector for more than two decades. He led the annual fund at Lakeside School, where he also coached the rowing team for six years. From there, he moved to Seattle University as a major gifts officer. Prior to joining the Museum, he launched the West Coast fundraising program at Conservation International where he spent seven years as a regional director. He also served for six years as a board member with the Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA) serving as board president in 2010-2011.

Prior to his fundraising career, Trip worked in advertising sales for Parade and Reader’s Digest magazines in New York City. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University with a degree in history, he lives in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle with Ann, his wife, and their daughter and son, and is active in their schools and the local community. 


Sandra Dolese, Planned Giving Program Manager, CFRE, CSPG

Sandie has helped large and small NGOs raise millions of dollars through outright and planned gifts. She has served as a major gift officer with The Salvation Army, event manager for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and development director with Planned Parenthood. During her 11 years at The Museum of Flight, Sandie has led the Museum’s planned giving program while maintaining a major gifts portfolio. She helped secure a $17 million bequest to successfully conclude the Museum’s recent $79.5 million campaign. In 2016, Sandie earned CSPG (Certified Specialist in Planned Giving), and in 2017 she became an AFP-certified Master Trainer. 

Menu: Jackson Square Salad topped with diced egg, bacon, tomato, avocado and chicken | Sourdough roll | Assorted Cookie Tray; *vegetarian option available upon request

Earlier Event: September 26
2019 WPGC Planned Giving Day Conference
Later Event: November 4
November 4th Luncheon