Gift Planning

The office of Gift Planning helps friends and alumni support the University through their estate plans and other charitable arrangements. The office supports all component Universities in the UH System including UH, UH-Downtown, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria.

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Andrea Olczak - Chief Development Officer, Gift and Estate Planning

Andrea Olczak

Chief Development Officer, Gift and Estate Planning

Andrea Olczak joined the University of Houston in May 2017 as executive director of gift planning before soon thereafter becoming chief development officer of gift and estate planning. Olczak has 19 years of development experience in healthcare, the arts and higher education and has raised millions of dollars for causes she deeply believes in; higher education, adult and pediatric healthcare, autism, American Symphonies, classical and modern music, cancer research and patient care, and healthy babies and maternal health. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she held various fundraising roles at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center, The Atlanta Symphony, March of Dimes and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

At the University of Houston, Olczak is leading system-wide efforts across component universities and colleges/units to support generous donors who have included the UH System in their estate plans through a bequest, life income arrangement or other charitable provision. She manages the In Tempore Legacy Society and visits with alumni, donors and legacy advisors who are interested in creating individualized gift plans or using complex assets to support philanthropic priorities through deferred or blended giving.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications from Ithaca College and finds great joy volunteering, serving and supporting Love and Rescue, Da Camera, March of Dimes, Elephant Nature Park and Dress for Success.

Roya Esfandi

Director of Advancement

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