Chapman University Endowment Council

The Endowment Council is a dedicated group of professionals within the community who serve as advocates for Chapman University. Most members work as estate and tax attorneys, certified public accountants, trust officers, financial advisors and wealth managers. Whenever appropriate, they share news about the university with their clients and colleagues. In doing so, they open doors that will help the university to meet the financial goals necessary to grow its endowment and achieve its ambitious goals.

Members of the Endowment Council attend three informative breakfast programs each year that provide insight on timely topics as shared by some of Chapman University's premier faculty members and senior administrators. These programs are an outstanding opportunity to make personal connections with many of the top professionals within Southern California. Members are also invited to select special events throughout the year as a thank you for their active advocacy.

There are no dues or giving expectations associated with serving on the Endowment Council, but we do ask for regular attendance at all three of the annual meetings. At Chapman University, we view relationships with our allied-professionals to be of crucial importance. We hope members of the Endowment Council will help us to expand on our current efforts, provide us with new ideas and establish more advocates in the community. Working together, we can do great things for the university and provide your clients with a meaningful philanthropic legacy.

The Pandemic-Informed Future

A hybrid Endowment Council meeting will take place on Friday, October 15 in Argyros Forum Student Union, located in the heart of the Chapman University campus. You may continue to park in the Barrera Structure at Lemon and Sycamore, or you may prefer to park closer by using the Lastinger Structure in the 100 block of E. Walnut Ave. We will start with coffee and a light self-contained breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The program will also be available for streaming online.
In an ASK THE EXPERTS format, our faculty will address: (1) Psychological ramifications of the pandemic, (2) Economic implications of the pandemic, (3) New norms for the workplace and/or with clients and (4) Health and safety / immunizations and booster shots. There will be plenty of time to answer your individual questions. Additionally, Tom Campbell will provide his running commentary and informed predictions about legislation in Washington, DC. 
Moderated by Janeen Hill, Ph.D., dean of Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, we have put together an exceptional panel of experts to discuss various aspects of the pandemic that are relevant to you and your clients. Our panelists are:

  • Jeff Goad, PharmD., MPH is the associate dean of academic affairs and professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy. He runs the travel clinic at the Student Health Center and his research program focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of consumer and healthcare professional’s decision-making process and outcomes related primarily to immunizations and travel medicine.
  • Tara Gruenewald, Ph.D., MPH is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychology in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She is a social and health psychologist with additional training in public health and gerontology. Her research focuses on the social and psychological factors which shape functioning, physiology and health across the life course.  As a stress researcher, she views the potential harm to mental, physical, social and economic well-being from the COVID-19 pandemic as unrivaled among societal stressors in the last century, yet she has been intrigued by the fact that many Americans and others worldwide have responded in ways targeted to benefit the collective good.  Dr. Gruenewald is investigating how such prosocial orientations might not only help society but also benefit givers’ mental, social and physical well-being as they cope with the pandemic threat.
  • Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and serves as director of the Center for Demographics and Policy. Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends.

If you are interested in attending, inviting a guest or making a referral for another professional to serve on the Chapman University Endowment Council, contact David B. Moore, assistant vice president of Legacy Planning, at (714) 516-4590 or