About Us

Did you know that Minnesota Public Radio reaches more than 1.2 million listeners regionally each week, and more than 17 million people nationally through our American Public Media programming? Our signals are heard across 95% of Minnesota. Founded in 1967, our mission is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences, and assisting them in strengthening their communities. MPR Legacy Society members help us become an indispensable resource for our audiences and an essential public service for our communities.

Our development team is looking 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, the largest arts and cultural institution in Minnesota.

 

Joseph K. Thiegs, J.D.
Senior Planned Giving Officer
1-800-652-9700 ext. 1583
jthiegs@mpr.org

Joe Thiegs came to the organization in 2012 to help donors make gifts to MPR and APM as part of their estate and financial plans - through will and revocable trust provisions, beneficiary designations, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and other vehicles. 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 serves or has served on several boards and committees, 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 1999 cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a Managing Editor for Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and won First Prize in the school's 1999 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for legal writing. He received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Paul Odegaard
Planned Giving Officer
1-800-652-9700 ext. 1129
podegaard@mpr.org

Paul has been with the organization since 2011. In his current role, Paul works closely with enthusiastic MPR members to ensure the programs and stations they love are vibrant for the next generation of audiences by using charitable planning tools. He also partners the visions of individual donors and the organization to enhance current and future operations through outright gifts. Prior to his current position, Paul spent five years at Macalester College, his alma mater, as Associate Director of their Annual Fund.