Stewardship & Donor Relations Toolkit

Why Stewardship?
Stewardship and Donor Relations is the continuing relationship with the donor after a gift is made. It includes: thanking and recognizing, impact reporting, regular communication, preserving donor intent, and being accountable and transparent in fulfilling our commitment to our donors. Engaging and retaining our current donors is part of our overall fundraising strategy. Even small improvements in donor loyalty have the potential to have a huge impact on the lifetime value of our donor base.*

We work in collaboration with the College's Advancement Officers, and divisions, departments, and centers, to ensure strategic stewardship for donors. Including, but not limited to:

  • Develop tools and processes to acknowledge donor gifts and improve donor stewardship
  • Ensure annual reporting to donors of endowments
  • Report on impact to special donors populations
  • Draft and manage gift agreements (endowments and current use funds)
  • Suggest best practices to improve effectiveness of department stewardship

Contact the Team

Lianne Lindeke, Stewardship Manager; 206-616-5373
Lianne oversees stewardship initiatives for the college, providing support to departments, fundraisers and UW Donor Services. She manages the endowment creation process, including drafting endowment and gift agreements, tracking already-established endowments and funds, communication with beneficiaries of those funds, and strategic stewardship to major donors.  Lianne also provides support to departments with their stewardship efforts and processes, suggesting best practices, efficient processes and creative, personalized strategies.

Andrew Hummel-Schluger, Data and Reporting Analyst; 206.221.7462
Andrew provides Data & Information Management services in support of the College Advancement team. He implements solutions for keeping our data organized, secure and accessible, and he serves as our primary liaison with the Central Advancement Information Management Team.

Rebecca McIntire, Stewardship Specialist; 206.685.2606
Becky oversees weekly gift acknowledgements, content for donor stewardship and private giving stories. She can advise on donor acknowledgements, writing annual faculty letters and more.


*Sergeant, Adrian, Jen Shang. “Growing Philanthropy in the United States: A Report on the June 2011 Washington, D.C Growing Philanthropy Summit”. Hartsook Institutes for Fundraising and Blackbaud. Oct. 2011.