David J. Toll brings more than 16 years of professional experience in development and fundraising with higher education institutions.
David is currently serving as the Senior Associate Vice President of the Office of Gift Planning at Drexel University, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide planned giving efforts for Drexel University, Drexel University College of Medicine, Tom Kline School of Law and the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University. David is also a Senior Consultant with Gift Planning Development, LLC.
Widely considered a leader in the field of higher education gift planning, David has the unique ability to articulate very technical gift planning techniques in simple, understandable terms for donors. At Drexel, David provides strategic leadership to aid central major gift staff and encourages the consistent use of “combination gifts” to increase an individual’s giving potential.
David and his office are tasked with an overall combined gift planning goal of $20 million annually. The gift planning program under David’s direction raised over $400 million in complex outright gifts, life-income gifts and realized estate gifts. He is a key member of the senior management team that is currently working on Drexel University’s $750 million comprehensive campaign.
David has presented at conferences around the country for organizations such as the Council on the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Planned Giving Group of New England. Over the last sixteen years, he has consulted with many groups in developing gift planning programs and structuring complex planned gifts.
David is the current President of the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia.
Before pursuing a career in higher education advancement, David spent several years practicing law at White and Williams, Patterson and Weir and Fox Rothschild with an emphasis on real-estate, business, tax and estate planning.
David received his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business from Marietta Collage, a Master of Business Administration from The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and a Juris Doctorate from the Delaware Law School.