Director of Planned Giving, Advancement
Obert Undem joined Rocky Mountain College as Director of Planned Giving in September 1995, after a twenty year career as a solo practitioner in Fayetteville, AR, as an estate and tax planning attorney, preceded by over twenty years experience as a bank president and trust officer in Minnesota and Arkansas. He is a recently retired member of the Bars of Montana, Arkansas and Minnesota. He is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization, a group of persons elected president of organizations with sales exceeding $1 million before attaining age 40.
Grade school years passed in a one room country school house followed by graduation from Dawson County High School, Glendive, Montana. His B.A.degree was awarded cum laude in 1957 from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; his M.B.A. was from Harvard University School of Business Administration, Boston, in 1957; and his J.D degree was conferred by William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1963, after which he was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar Association. He was honored by award of an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana at its May 2010 Commencement.
He has been active in many civic endeavors, serving as a past board member of Carleton College; The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (governing body of the Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum, Minneapolis School of Art and Design, and Minneapolis Children’s Theater); Mid America Art Association, Kansas City; as a founder and past president of the Arkansas Community Foundation; North Arkansas Symphony; Montana Community Foundation, Helena, Montana; and Billings Community Foundation where he is a founding Trustee and currently Secretary of the Board. Undem also serves as a director of the Institute for Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College. He was recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year, awarded by the Montana Chapter of the Association of Professional Fundraisers. He has served as a board member of many other civic, cultural and commercial organizations, including the banks of which he was President and Senior Trust Officer, as well as their holding companies.
Since arrival at Rocky Mountain College he has participated as a lecturer, panel member and spokesman for planned giving education in many professional and nonprofit forums, including the Montana Association of Fundraising Professionals and programs providing continuing legal and other professional education credits, frequently concerning the 40 percent Montana income tax credit for planned gifts eventually benefiting permanent endowments of qualified charities and issues pertaining to endowment management.