Kurth Brashear

Education: 

Valparaiso University, B.A., 1994; University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1998, Allen Moot Court Board

States: 

Nebraska | South Dakota

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Kurth serves as a lawyer and counselor to individuals, families, businesses, and public entities, with an emphasis on nonprofit and exempt organizations.  He has extensive experience advising on entity formation and governance, governmental bodies, and general business matters, tax exempt status, charitable gifts, endowments, estate planning, cy pres, dissolution, workouts and restructurings.  Formerly a fundraising executive and general counsel for a Midwestern university, Kurth also consults with public charities, private foundations, and trusts on development efforts, campaign readiness studies, board member selection and training, and grant processes.  He spends time in both our Seward and Lincoln offices.

  • Advised congregation on corporate, strategic, organizational, negotiation, and litigation matters throughout a disassociation dispute with regional denominational judicatory.
  • Oversaw and led initial organization, establishment, and operations of the first learning community, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, including establishing processes, procedures, policies, budget setting, taxation, public notice, and related issues.
  • Resolved inquiry by State of Nebraska's environmental agency on disposition of former school building, including issues related to watershed protection.
  • Led Office of Institutional Advancement, Concordia University, Nebraska and oversaw its Answering the Call campaign, with $93.7 million raised on a $65 million goal. At his departure in 2022, the top five fundraising years in university history occurred during his tenure.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Preeminent Rating (highest rating available)
  • Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Concordia University, Nebraska (2013-2022)
  • General Counsel, Concordia University, Nebraska(2012-2020)
  • Lutheran Ministry Foundation Board of Directors (2023-present)
  • City of Seward LB840 Sales Tax Application Review Board (2023-present)
  • Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha Board of Directors (2006-2013)
    - Chair (2010-2012)
  • Concordia Foundation Nebraska (2007-2022)
    - Chair (2011-2012)
  • The Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
    - Constitution & Bylaws Committee(2018-Present)
    - Convention Parliamentarian (2022)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    - Legislation Committee, Chair (2006-2008)
    - Young Lawyers Section, President (2001-2002)
  • Use of Volunteers, November 2022
  • Where Might We Start? Concordia's Advancement Experience, June 2018
  • Comprehensive Campaigns 101, August 2016
  • Higher Education in America by Derek Bok, Issues in Christian Education (Fall 2014)
  • Status Update on the Learning Community, October 2012
  • Legal Issues for the Church, September 2012

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