S. Renee Brida, JD Senior Associate and Lawyer
S. Renee Brida, J.D.
S. Renee Brida, JD, has been involved with fundraising and estate planning for over 20 years. She has dedicated her career as an estate planning attorney to helping clients with their estate planning and charitable giving strategies. Her extensive fundraising career was as a Major/Planned Giving Officer for healthcare organizations. She holds law licenses in Arkansas and Texas.
Renee received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. After graduation Renee operated a successful solo law practice concentrating on estate planning and oil & gas issues.
Renee entered the fundraising field in 1999 for Mercy Foundation in Redding CA, with a family move to Arkansas she became the first Planned Giving/Major Gift officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Renee joined the firm of Haught & Wade, LLC in Little Rock becoming involved with the philanthropic community in Arkansas. She served two years as the President of Arkansas Partnership for Philanthropic Planning chapter (now National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.) She served three years as Program Chair for Arkansas’ Leave A Legacy. Renee speaks frequently on philanthropy and charitable strategies topics.
She is the author of several publications regarding estate planning and numerous articles on both estate planning and philanthropy. Renee continues to serve as an “Of Counsel” attorney for Haught & Wade.
The University of Arkansas recruited Renee to serve as its Director for Planned Giving where she was successful in helping the planned giving department raise 30+ million dollars. In addition, Renee was instrumental in the strategic planning for the department, as well as, for education and accountability metrics for the department.
Renee continued her work as an estate planning attorney until she accepted a position as VP for Planned Giving for Sun Health Foundation, Surprise, AZ where she was responsible for implementation of the planned giving program. While at Sun Health she was recruited to teach classes on estate planning and charitable giving and developed a popular blog on the topics.
Renee has been a long-time member of Rotary International and is involved with several philanthropic organizations. She is the proud mother of four children, including a son that followed her to The University of Texas, identical twin girls that are currently sophomores at Keene State University in New Hampshire and a son that just graduated high school.
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Renee Brida, JD