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David Overstake

Planned Giving director Overstake says goodbye

Added on Monday, October 2, 2017

The storied career of David Overstake has come to a close.

For 32 years, Overstake has served as director of planned giving for The Salvation Army Northern Division. In this role, he has provided donors in Minnesota and North Dakota with special giving options such as donating stock, real estate, and retirement assets.

“I couldn’t have seen myself doing anything other than this for the past 32 years,” said Overstake, who will officially retire Monday, Oct. 2.

The Salvation Army has been in Overstake’s blood his entire life. His parents and two of his grandparents were Salvation Army officers (pastors). Growing up, he lived in cities across the Midwest while his parents served at Salvation Army locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and Nebraska.

David and Denise OverstakeIn a roundabout way, Overstake even met his wife, Denise (pictured), through The Salvation Army. His parents and hers became close friends while Overstake’s parents were serving as officers in Iowa.

“The rest is history,” Overstake said.

He and Denise have two daughters, both of whom are grown and married.

Planned Giving ConferenceOverstake has achieved much during his career. Among his biggest accomplishments: He created what has become the largest estate planning conference in the country – the Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Institute (ECGPI). The one-day conference (pictured), held every September for the past 25 years, helps thousands of estate-planning advisors learn the latest techniques and tax laws associated with their profession.

This year’s conference was held Sept. 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and broadcast live in 40 states and 200 U.S. cities. The event was presented one of the most respected estate-planning professionals in the country – Ann Burns of the law firm Gray Plant Mooty.

Ann BurnsBurns will miss working with Overstake.

“David is always about others, never himself,” said Burns (pictured), who has presented at many ECGPI conferences throughout the years. “He is a man of big, bold ideas. He makes our world a better place.”

Overstake is proud of the work he has been doing since 1985, and he is grateful for every Salvation Army donor he met along the way.

“People support the Army because its purpose is to help people and save souls,” Overstake said. “The Army’s purpose was also my purpose.”

In his spare time, Overstake enjoys fishing in the Boundary Waters, deer hunting, and listening to music by Elton John.

Granted, he is unsure of how often he’ll get to do these things during his retirement.

“I’m sure my wife has many, many plans for what I’m going to be doing,” Overstake said with a laugh.

Learn more about Estate and Planned Giving options such as charitable annuities, including The Salvation Army in your living will, donating stock or real estate, and much more.