Sarah Morris


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Sarah Morris has significant nonprofit and charitable planning experience, along with her law degree focused on estate planning, tax law and policy, and tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Morris has a passion for legacy conversations, from philanthropy to estate planning. Her practice focuses on estate planning, federal estate and gift tax planning, and tax-exempt organizations.
Ms. Morris has spent over ten years strategizing and executing fundraising and donor relations initiatives for a range of organizations, entrepreneurial entities, global movements, and political campaigns. Prior to joining the HCNWF team, she held a variety of philanthropic roles. In these fund development capacities, Ms. Morris facilitated a wealth of donor outreach and correspondence, collaborated with boards and organizational leadership, and drafted proposals and tax documents. Ms. Morris is driven by an emphasis on building long-term relationships, and providing opportunities that empower individuals and communities.
While in law school, Ms. Morris gained valuable experience working as a Legal Intern for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, where she conducted research and provided referrals and resources to individuals facing housing and employment discrimination, harassment, homelessness, medical care obstacles, and other civil rights issues. Ms. Morris also served as Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow for the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, working closely with Professor Melissa Hart (now a Colorado Supreme Court Justice) to manage the Rothgerber Conference on “Access to Justice,” and writing grant proposals for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project geared towards public school students.
A Denver Native, Ms. Morris brings a unique expertise to the practice, working closely with a wide variety of individual and organizational clients to conceptualize practical solutions to meet their objectives and plan for the future.
Ms. Morris earned her B.A. in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management in 2009. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School in 2013, where she earned the award for Outstanding GLBT Graduating Student.
  • Hoffman Nies Dave LLP, Associate, 2017-Present
  • Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Manager of External Relations, 2016-2017
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Manager of Major Gifts, 2014-2016
  • Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Intern for Stanton Rosenbaum, 2013-2014
  • Romanoff for Colorado, Finance and Volunteer Coordinator, 2009-2010
  • Rose Community Foundation, Jewish Women’s Fund Leadership Program, 2014-2015
  • Anti-Defamation League Sturm Fellow, 2013-2014
  • JNF, JNFuture Committee Member, 2010-2011
  • JEWISHColorado, YAD Dinner Committee Member, 2010-2011
  • Board of Directors, LiveFeed, 2008-2009
  • Member, Denver and Colorado Bar Associations
  • Admitted to practice in Colorado
  • Member, Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable
  • 2013 Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School
  • 2009 Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2008 Bachelor of Arts (History and Middle Eastern Studies), Washington University in St. Louis, Honors in Arts and Sciences