Bill Sturtevant

William T. Sturtevant

Bill Sturtevant is Senior Consultant 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. 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 last 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 current campaign of $2.25 billion the Principal Gifts Office will guide the effort to secure 45 gifts of $5.0 million or more plus numerous major gifts below that level.

Early in his career, Mr. Sturtevant 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 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 Jagdish N. Sheth Foundation, the Sirazi Foundation and the Lauritsen Family Foundation. He is also a member of the board of the First Busey Trust and Investment Company. 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 interests of our donors is the only way to achieve the objectives of the charitable organizations we serve.