Don Gottesman


Don Gottesman is director of gift planning at The Chicago Community Trust, where he partners with donors and their advisors who would like to support their favorite charities now or in the future. He works with a broad range of assets from cash and marketable securities to closely held C and S Corp stock, LLC interests, real estate, IRAs and other types of asset. Gottesman also works with various charitable vehicles such as donor advised funds, wills, trusts, charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts. He has over 20 years of experience in charitable giving and tax.

Gottesman joined the Trust in 2019 after serving as the director of planned giving at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he supervised its charitable trusts, gift annuity and bequest programs. Prior to that, he served as a senior development officer at California Community Foundation and senior consultant, gift planning and tax at TIAA-Kaspick. Gottesman also practiced law for over 10 years in Chicago where he specialized in estate planning and business law. He was an adjunct faculty member at The John Marshall Law School’s Graduate Center for Tax Law for five years, where he taught Taxation of Closely-Held Businesses.

Gottesman has made a long-standing commitment to the LGBT community. At CCF, he established the Pride Committee and annual Pride Luncheon where he introduced his colleagues to the needs of LGBTQ foster and transition age youth, elderly and the trans community. While working at TIAA-Kaspick, Gottesman participated in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ bus tour to Proposition 8 strongholds. While in private practice, he regularly presented on estate planning issues for the LGBTQ community at the annual conferences of the National Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. While serving as a director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, Gottesman championed the formation of the GLBT Young Lawyers Committee to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and provide networking and mentoring opportunities for young lawyers. He also served as a director of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Gottesman received his J.D. and L.L.M. in Tax from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.A. in Humanities from Northwestern University.