William T. Sturtevant
Bill Sturtevant is Vice President for Principal Gifts 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. For the past 25 years he served as Vice President for Planned Giving and Trust Relations at the University of Illinois Foundation. Mr. Sturtevant arrived at the University of Illinois at the onset of its first capital 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 recent $1.5 billion campaign.
During his years at Illinois, he has been directly involved with over $450 million in major gifts. Early in his career, Mr. Sturtevant used his MBA background as an entree 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 Sturtevant 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.
Mr. Sturtevant is a member of the Boards of the Sheth Foundation, the Sirasi Foundation and the Lauritsen Family Foundation. He is a founding Director of the Institute For Charitable Giving. A teacher as well as a doer, he is rigorous in his pursuit of professionalism in fundraising and committed to the highest ethical standards. His guiding tenet is that dedication to the best interest of our donors is the only way to achieve the objectives of the charitable organizations we serve.