Mercy Corps Welcomes Rick Downey as New Planned Giving Director

December 13, 2012

SEATTLE, Wash. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Rick Downey has joined the organization as planned giving director. Downey brings 27 years of major gift fundraising and planned giving experience to his new role at Mercy Corps. He will be based at Mercy Corps’ Seattle office in South Lake Union and will oversee all planned gifts including bequests and charitable gift annuities.

“Rick is an outstanding longtime fundraiser with an extensive history of helping others,” said Jeremy Barnicle, Mercy Corps’ chief development officer, “He has a demonstrated talent for working with donors and helping them change lives, we are incredibly lucky to have him on board.”

In his new role at Mercy Corps, Downey will focus on creating a robust planned giving program by identifying prospects, soliciting and coordinating deferred gifts to Mercy Corps through bequests and life-income arrangements such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

“I am very excited to work with dedicated donors across the country, and to have the opportunity to build up a program with equally devoted staff,” said Downey. “Mercy Corps does phenomenal work to improve the lives of people in the world’s toughest places, and I’m looking forward to partnering with donors to support those efforts.”

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Downey worked for the Pacific Science Center as a major gift officer. Before the Science Center, he spent five years as the senior director of planned giving at Swedish Medical Center Foundation and most notably as the director of gift planning at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for 15 years, launching the Hutch’s first planned giving program.

Rick Downey is a past president of the Washington Planned Giving Council and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Downey received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.