John A. Phillips
BBA, Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration
John Phillips began his development career at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1983. He rose to senior development officer at Henry Ford before moving to San Diego in 1989 to develop Mercy Hospital's planned giving program. Shortly after the Mercy/Scripps merger in 1995, Phillips joined the planned giving staff at Scripps Health Foundation as vice president, director of Planned Giving. In 2004, he became the senior director of Planned Giving at the University of San Diego. During his nearly three decades in development, Phillips has worked in the major gift development, annual fund mailings and small foundation grants. Since 1989, planned giving has been his chosen career path. His experience includes helping donors achieve their financial and philanthropic goals through the funding of charitable remainder trusts with various types of assets and partial interests, charitable lead trusts, bargain sales, gift annuities, Life Estate Gift Annuities (LEGA), pooled income funds, and gifts of real property. Phillips was an accountant at Henry Ford Hospital before moving to development. He speaks frequently on planned giving techniques and is an instructor for University of California, San Diego Extension where he teaches Basics of Planned Giving in the Fundraising and Development certificate program.