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Camilyn Kuhns Leone

Lecturer
J.D., Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, 1994
B.A., Smith College, 1989

Camilyn Kuhns Leone teaches the Nonprofit Clinic at the Law School and consults with 501(c)(3) organizations on fund raising. Her specialty is the legal aspects of philanthropy. For the past five years, Leone has provided fund raising audits, established planned giving programs, assured compliance with state and federal regulations and drafted gift agreements for organizations and individual donors. Most recently, she has worked with Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, the Albemarle County Community Public Charter School, Children Youth and Family Services and several other nonprofits in central Virginia.

Leone helped establish and served as the coordinator for the Probono Partnership at the Charlottesville Center for Nonprofit Excellence. This program successfully matches the legal needs of local nonprofits with area attorneys willing to provide probono services.

Prior to moving to Charlottesville, Leone was the Planned Giving Officer for Regulatory Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her responsibilities included assuring that the university was properly registered and insured to offer charitable gift annuities, conduct interstate fundraising, drafting endowment agreements for university donors and working with donors’ professional advisors on complex gifts.

From 1999 to 2004, Leone was associate director of Planned Giving for the Indiana University Foundation, where she wrote gift agreements for a billion dollar capital campaign. During her years with the university, Leone worked with major donors to transfer millions of dollars in cash and assets to the university during the campaign. Many of these gifts established university institutes, department chairs and endowed scholarships through estate planning tools such as bequests, charitable trusts, life estates and charitable gift annuities. Leone held similar positions at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Prior to starting her career in philanthropy, Leone was an attorney for the Indiana Department of Revenue. Leone drafted her first set of nonprofit bylaws when she was a student in the law school clinic at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University.

Leone has been a faculty member at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University, an instructor at numerous law and philanthropy conferences and professional education seminars, and has published articles and guides about individual giving and philanthropy in books and journals.

As a volunteer, she has served on the board of several non-profits, including the Junior League of Charlottesville, the Oakmont Boulevard Project in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, the Bloomington Mental Health Association in Bloomington, Indiana and the Indiana Museum Association.

She resides in Albemarle County with her husband, two children and flock of Navajo-Churro sheep.


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