Bill Sturtevant, Fundraising Consultant, Sturtevant Fundraising
Bill Sturtevant is Senior Principal Gifts Consultant at the
University of Illinois Foundation, a position which guides relationships
with individuals and families capable of gifts at a level of $5 million
and above. From 1980 until 2004 he served as Vice President for Planned
Giving and Trust Relations at the Foundation and built what is
considered by many to be one of the nation’s preeminent gift planning
programs. Mr. Sturtevant arrived at the University of Illinois at the
onset of its first fund drive. He was responsible for the strategy for
and the solicitation of a significant number of major gifts in that
campaign. He also played a central role in the University’s next
campaign which raised over $1.5 billion.
During his years at Illinois, he has been directly involved with over
$600 million in major gifts. In the University’s recently completed
campaign of $2.25 billion the Principal Gifts Office guided the effort
to secure 65 gifts of $5.0 million or more plus numerous major gifts
below that level.
Early in his career, Bill used his MBA background as an entrée in
private industry. His first fundraising experience was in public
television, and at the Western Michigan University Foundation he formed
his planned and major gifts skills.
Bill is a nationally recognized specialist in major and deferred gifts
and planning and solicitation strategies. He earned the Certified
Financial Planner designation in 1984 and regularly assists a variety of
charitable organizations with complicated or unusual gift situations.
He has been listed in Who’s Who, and in 1995 he was honored as Planned
Giving Professional Of The Year by Planned Giving Today.
His seminars and presentations are extremely popular and he is a
frequent speaker before development professionals, hospital groups and
civic organizations. He is author of the best selling book The Artful
Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift which was published
in 1997 and revised and expanded in 2004. He is co-author of the Moves
Management Manual which was published in 2012.