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Published in CenterView on November 04, 2013

Gift planning specialist joins Medical Center

By Matt Westerfield

The Office of Development has established the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s first director of gift planning with the arrival of Natalie S. Hutto in August.

A licensed CPA and tax attorney, Hutto worked in public accounting and practiced law at a local tax firm in Jackson before accepting the new position at UMMC. She joins the development office under the leadership of Sara Merrick, executive director and chief development officer.

A native of Madison, Hutto earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master’s of taxation and law degree at the University of Mississippi. Her primary focus is in estate, gift and income tax planning with an emphasis in charitable giving.

“My education and career have been centered on understanding the tax code in order to help others preserve wealth and manage their financial goals in accordance with those laws,” she said. “When this position came open for the director of gift planning, it was a great opportunity for me to help others in the estate planning process who want to give back to UMMC.”

Hutto’s role is to aid the Medical Center in fulfilling its mission to improve the health of all Mississippians through philanthropic support.

“We have a lot of wonderful alumni, faculty, staff and grateful patients here at the Medical Center who want to give back, who have the ability to do profound things for the Medical Center,” she said. “I have the opportunity to help them find creative ways to fulfill their financial goals and make an impact and create a legacy here at UMMC.”

For more information about charitable gift planning to support the Medical Center, contact Hutto at 4-2306 or email her at