Building Toward the Future


A New Day for Gift Planning

Joseph K. Thiegs, JD, FCEP

President and Owner, Generoworks, LLC

Joe is President and owner of the Minnesota-based national consulting firm Generoworks LLC (, specializing in planned giving consulting and training, values-based estate planning, and family philanthropic advising. Among his roles as a consultant, Joe is a Vice President and representative of Thompson & Associates, and is the national Planned Giving Advisor for Greater Public. Until making consulting his full-time occupation in 2019, Joe was the Planned Giving Director at Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to that, he worked as Associate Director of Advancement at the University of Minnesota Law School, as a Planned Giving Officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation, and as an estate planning attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis.

Joe is a regular speaker, presenter, and trainer on topics related to planned giving, philanthropy, and estate planning. Joe currently is on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Minnesota Gift Planning Association (f/k/a Minnesota Planned Giving Council), co-chairing its Hargroves Mentorship Program, and is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. A 20-year member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Joe served for several years on the Governing Council and the Legislation Committee of the MSBA's Probate & Trust Law Section, and was a member of the MSBA joint Task Force evaluating and making recommendations for adoption of Minnesota's version of UPMIFA. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joe loves people, music, cooking, wine, beer, bourbon, sports (especially college football and basketball), reading, learning, camping and hiking, photography, cards and other games, humor, spending time with his family, and anything having to do with being on the water.