About Planned Giving

Planned giving is about finding smart ways to enable you to make significant contributions to the causes you care about most. Because you value MPR’s outstanding programs and services, you can help sustain those services well into the future with a planned gift.

Planned giving is for anyone, regardless of age, income level or assets. Strategies for making a planned gift can be tailored to meet a broad range of goals and circumstances. When you make a planned gift, you join the MPR Legacy Society, ensuring that MPR remains an essential public service for generations to come.

Visit our Planned Giving Options page to view the many ways you can make a planned gift to MPR.

Our Planned Giving team looks forward to partnering with you. We are here to serve and steward your intentions to support the programming you love by leaving your legacy with MPR, Minnesota’s largest arts and cultural institution.

Joseph Thiegs
Joseph K. Thiegs, J.D.
Senior Planned Giving Officer

Joe joined the organization in 2012 to help donors make gifts as part of their estate and financial plans. Prior to joining MPR APM, Joe was associate director of advancement at the University of Minnesota Law School, planned giving officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation, and a trusts and estates attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. He has served on several boards, including the board of directors of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, the governing council and the legislation committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Probate & Trust Law Section, and the board of directors of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Crescendo Project. Joe was named a “Rising Star” of Minnesota law by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine in each of his last three years of private practice and again in 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a managing editor for Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Paul Odegaard
Paul Odegaard
Planned Giving Officer

Paul has been with MPR APM since 2011. In his current role, Paul works closely with enthusiastic donors to ensure the programs and stations they love are vibrant for the next generation of audiences through planned giving. He also partners the visions of individual donors and MPR APM to enhance current and future operations through outright gifts. Prior to his current position, Paul was assistant director of Macalester College’s annual fund, and before that, he learned the world of branding and strategic communications at Yamamoto Moss. Paul was a communications and media studies major and a music minor at Macalester College. In his free time, you can find him playing trumpet professionally, running an amateur baseball team, or canvassing Minneapolis with his wife and young children.