Andrew Gaerte is the Associate Vice President, Gift Planning at the Community Foundation. In this role, Andrew is focused on business development, specifically responsible for developing new and deepening relationships with professional advisors and their clients. He is the primary point of contact for professional advisors who work with the Community Foundation to provide their clients with expertise in charitable giving. An expert in planned giving, endowment building, and gifts of complex assets, he works alongside accountants, attorneys and financial advisors to provide strategic and comprehensive charitable planning programs best suited to meet their clients’ needs.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Andrew worked as the Regional Director of Development for Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y. In this position, he oversaw alumni and foundation development and fundraising for the Northeast region which included Western New York, New England and New York City. Previously, he served as the Education Manager for the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he oversaw the establishment of the museum’s education department.
Andrew received his B.A. in History from Houghton College and his M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta. He is Treasurer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western New York Chapter and serves on the board of the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium.