|Abilene Christian UniversityFall 2016||Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr, Jim Litton||14 students|
|Abilene Christian UniversityFall 2017||Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr||20 students|
|Abilene Christian UniversityFall 2018||Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr||23 students|
|Abilene Christian UniversitySpring 2020||Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr||15 students|
|Abilene Christian UniversitySpring 2023||Topics in Entrepreneurship:Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr, Jim Litton||9 students|
|Abilene Christian UniversityFall 2023||Strategic PhilanthropyDepartments: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & PhilanthropyJim Orr, Jim Litton||9 students|
Taught by Jim Orr
Department: Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy
Jim Orr is the Executive Director of the Office of Gift Planning at ACU, where he leads the university’s efforts in the area of estate, trusts and charitable gift planning. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from ACU (1986), and then his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law (1989). In 2023, he received a professional certificate as a certified specialist in planned giving through the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at Long Beach State University.
Prior to his employment with ACU, he was engaged in the private practice of law for 25 years, and founded the firm of Francis & Orr, LLP, where he concentrated his practice in the area of commercial and business litigation. In addition to appearing before numerous state and federal district courts throughout Texas, he also represented clients before the various appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Texas, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a professionally-trained and court-appointed mediator. Jim also served on ACU’s Board of Trustees from 2002 – 2014.
Jim and his wife, Elaine, have two adult children, who are both married. Jim and Elaine also have two granddaughters. In addition to spending time with family, Jim enjoys staying active with recreational sports, reading, traveling, and gardening.
ACU partnered with Community Foundation of Abilene to bring grant proposals to students for consideration
Multiple “Panels of Experts” visit class
Students complete and submit a Comprehensive Briefing Book (~40-50 pages), which includes:
Capstone Essay/Giving Goal
“This class ignited my passion for philanthropy! The experiences I had and knowledge I gained planted a desire in me to contribute to my community in a meaningful way and do something good for the world with my life.”Shannon Buergner
“This course brought a new level of excellence to the way I approach giving. It showed me how to properly research to ensure my funds are being stewarded well.”Hope Henry
“Strategic Philanthropy challenged a lot of what I considered to be progressive notions of giving. From the reading material to site visits to presenting grant proposals, I had the opportunity to re-imagine and expand my vision for community impact.”Madison Hall