Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill

Executive Director, Fund for Academic Renewal

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill is the executive director of the Fund for Academic Renewal, which provides free programmatic and legal advisory services to help donors structure major gifts to colleges and universities. She works closely with donors to design, monitor, and evaluate transformative gifts to higher education that meet their philanthropic objectives. Prior to assuming the leadership position at the Fund for Academic Renewal, Merrill was vice president of development at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, where she led the organization’s fundraising efforts, working closely with individuals and foundations nationwide interested in improving academic freedom, excellence, and accountability.

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