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Bethel University
Office of Advancement
3900 Bethel Dr.
Saint Paul, MN 55112
Phone: 651.635.8053 (800.255.8706, ext. 8053)
Fax: 651.635.8090
E-Mail: planned-giving@bethel.edu
Our Staff
L to R: Paul Deakins, Marleen Smith, Dan Wiersum
Paul Deakins Paul Deakins, CFRE '89
Senior Planned Giving Officer
651.638.6595 (800.255.8706, ext. 6595)

As an '89 alumnus, Paul was thrilled to return to Bethel University in March 2016 to share his over 18 years of non-profit fundraising and planned giving expertise with donors throughout the U.S.
Marleen Smith Marleen Smith
Manager for Planned Giving Operations
651.635.8053 (800.255.8706, ext. 8053)

Marleen has directed communications and fundraising initiatives in Christian higher education advancement for more than 10 years. Since joining Bethel in 2014, she has been responsible for administration and marketing of planned giving.
Dan Wiersum Dan Wiersum
Associate Vice President for Planned Giving
651.635.8052 (800.255.8706, ext. 8052)

Dan shares his expertise in planned giving with donors throughout the U.S. to facilitate legacy gifts. He has been part of the Bethel University team for 26 years.

Bethel University Foundation:

The Bethel Foundation is here to help donors plan their charitable giving based on their individual needs. We are aware of the laws that affect donors and help them manage their financial planning to meet their personal wishes.

Angella Hjelle Angella Hjelle
Executive Director and Corporate Counsel
651.635.1001 (800.255.8706, ext. 1001)

With the Bethel Foundation since 1991, Angella oversees asset management and provides advice regarding nonprofit corporate issues and counsel for estate planning.